What! Not an Augustinian!

Vlad, I write with gratitude for your achievement when you resolved your difficulty in appreciating the "goodness" of creation in this time of its assault by reference to john the Scot. I know him as john Scotus Eurigena. Your description of him as a pantheist will drive me to his text, "The Division of Nature," in Latin, Periphyseon. I was thinking of Eurigena as a panentheist, meaning that God is in everything and everything is in God, rather than everything is God and God is everything, the pantheist perspective. The author, John Phillip Newell, refers to Eurigena often in his 2008 book, "Christ of the Celts: the Healing of Creation." About the purpose of Christ Newell writes, "Christ comes to reawaken us to our true nature. He is our epiphany. He comes to show us the face of God. He comes to show us also our face, the true face of the human soul." As I understand the Augustinian position, God's grace saves us from ourselves. The uniqueness of Christ is emphasized for he alone opposes our fallen nature. Eurigena, on the other hand, presents the universality of Christ. The gift of nature is our being; the gift of grace is our well-being. Newell concludes, "Grace frees us from the unnaturalness of what we are doing to one another and to the earth." Amazingly, you select a musical piece in Latin for us to hear what "well-being" sounds like.

Thanks so much, Ross Carson

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