Sunday, 27 November 2011

Lesson of the Great Schism: to question is to destroy

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The Great Schism happened around AD1000 when the Eastern and Western Catholic Churches divided (into Eastern Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism) - and it happened due to the spirit of questioning.

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The Creed had for some hundreds of years stated that (in the Holy Trinity) the Holy Spirit proceeded from the Father - but the Western Church (continually questioning and reasoning) claimed to have discovered that this should be modified to read Father and the Son.

Leaving aside the strength of arguments - the filioque conflict was caused by the spirit of questioning in the West.

Another factor in the Schism was scholasticism - which was the increasing domination of the Western Church by expert philosophers to fill-in gaps in revelation and natural law by the use of human reason - sometimes to challenge old dogmas, to suggest new extensions of Christianity (beliefs, practices etc).

In sum, a spirit of questioning began to dominate Western Christendom.

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The East took the mystical path, the path of monasticism, with the clarification of Hesychasm as a method of contemplation, the foundation of Mount Athos and the acceptance of mystery.

Instead of seeking philosophical answers; questions were dealt with by deepening of religious practice.

The idea was that the answers could not be understood by those insufficiently advanced in sanctity, and that it was dangerous to try and provide logical answers to all philosophical queries.

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Western questioning led to all kinds of things: philosophy, science, technology, economic growth - and of course it led to secularism and the political Left and to nihilism triumphant (the destruction of truth, beauty and virtue).

In a nutshell, the spirit of questioning led to evil: evil triumphant; just as it led to power, comfort, prosperity and the other benefits of modernity.

And since the advent of political correctness, the spirit of questioning has turned against its benefits: clearly the spirit is insatiable, will not rest until nothing of anything remains but questions...

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So, let us be skeptical about the use of skepticism: let us question the continual promotion of the benefits of questioning...

Let us oppose the spirit of questioning (so often driven by pride and self-assertion and covert aggression) with the spirit of Good.

When we perceive the Good (which we know by instince and Grace) as threatened by the questioning, we need the discernment to cleave to the Good and question why questioning is promoted as intrinsically 'good': wee need to ask - who or what kind of purpose would propose that questioning was an intrinsically beneficial activity?

To ask the question is to answer it: the nihilist. The only person who would elevate questioning above the Good (or who would equate questioning with teh Good) is one who wants to destroy the Good.

Kill it: Death by a thousand pecks.

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To question is to subvert. Be careful what you question. 

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Or: you are allowed one question.

Be careful who you ask.

Then it is up to you to understand the answer.

(Only when you understand the answer are you allowed another question.)

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