These readings are about God as
Lord of history. As an historian, I want
to examine how that can be. The major
issue in developing any such theory is Church politics determining truth. The function of an historian is to present
the truth, aware of the political repercussions, whether of
Corley tentatively links the thirty-six bicola (two lines) of Sirach 50:1-24 with Proverbs 8:1-36. Corley works to include mathematics as part of Wisdom.
Proverbs portrays Wisdom in many ways. One way is as a female enticing a male to love her for what she is. Some texts suggest that a female figure was in the holy of holies. Another way is as a woman giving birth, before the visible world had been formed and made. This means that Wisdom was the first work of the Creator. Barker states that a female figure is clearly present in these Lectionary readings, namely Proverbs 8:22-31. She means Wisdom is a female figure, which later Christians identified with the Virgin Mary, Queen of Wisdom.
Barker writes, “She [Wisdom] was also `begotten’ (Prov. 8:22), qnh, a word whose meaning is often avoided; the LXX [Greek Septuagint] used gennan, to beget) but which appears elsewhere in the context of the children of God and the sons of God.” The Lectionary uses possessed, a transliteration of the Vulgate. As with so much of Barker, I do not know what to make of this.
The phrase brought forth in Proverbs 8:24-25 refers
to a birthing process. Proverbs 8 is
about the first day of creation, with Wisdom as a co-creator. Barker explains, “The creation was thus the
work of two, a male and a female, as in Genesis 1:26-27. Proverbs 8 is about a veil between the higher
forms and created reality. W.
The phrase marked out the vault and set for the sea its limit describes God bringing order out of chaos. In interpreting the facts, historians also try to bring order out of chaos. The knack is to include all of the facts, whether they neatly fit the interpretation or not.
Proverbs 8:30, I was beside him as his craftsman, includes the development of history. God is God of history. One function of the historian is to find God there. The way to do that is to interpret the relationship between the truth and politics as they stack up, one against the other.
The LORD possessed me, clearly refers to creation by God.
This article is speculative theology trying to understand how a loving God can permit evils such as those associated with the movements of the tectonic plates and much more in nature. God is able to draw good from evil, as nature replenishes itself at the terrible cost of death unto life. Schaab speculates that God participates in the anguish associated with the evil aspects inherent in nature through the changing relationship between God and creation.
The evils of nature are physical. Human evil, in contrast, is moral. The fundamental moral evil involves denial of human rights. All human rights involve the right to dissent from established authority. That includes not only the right to sin, when dissenting from the established authority of God, but also the right to exercise courage in the face of human authority, which is not clearly from God. The Church canonizes many Saints because they stood up to misplaced ecclesiastical authority.
Presently, the Magisterium fails to recognize any human right to dissent. This leaves history to approach human rights not as an advocate, but as an observer, pleased to see the concept developed. The Magisterium is beginning with the right to life as a quantitative matter. The Faithful are also interested in the right to life as a qualitative matter.
Pinto includes Proverbs 8:31 as belonging to a genre of instruction. Pinto unsuccessfully tries to build a case for biblical theology using human sciences such as sociology, anthropology, and psychology.
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 8:4-5, 6-7, 8-9
Urso studies the educational value of
written after the article by
is about unscrambling the theology of the influential
One may smile wondering what Lonergan means by his remark, “I do not think that only cognitional acts are conscious.”
Alleluia: cf. Revelation 1:8
The Lectionary does not offer a passage long enough to make this article relevant.
Barker uses the phrase, but you cannot bear it now to support
use the quote, When he comes, the Spirit
of truth, he will guide you to all truth, which is exactly the words of the
Lectionary. This quote is a
prayer at the end of Chapter 9, “Receive the Holy Spirit (Jn 20:22).” Chapter 16, “Confirmation: Consecrated for
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