The Spiritual Dimension by Cottingham

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Isaiah 51:6, Cf. Psalms 102(101):26: ‘They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea all of them shall wax old like a garment’. 33 This is Plato’s conception of the divine role in the Timaeus [c. 355 CE]; see F. M. Cornford, Plato’s Cosmology (London: Routledge, 1937), pp. 37ff. 32 The Spiritual Dimension we cannot determine from the armchair that a material universe could be preserved if stripped of the impermanence and fragility that are its most intimate and pervasive features. The second point – why doesn’t he intervene more?

308. Religion and science 33 and freedom and to let you breathe . . He steps back so as not to impose on you his power, or even his joy or love, so as not to take up all available space, all available being, or all available power. 37 Divine creation, it seems, necessarily involves letting go, allowing for the unfolding of the material world. The impulse not to let go, not to withdraw but to hurry back in, is of course one that every parent knows, but it is also clear that any parent who wishes to allow a child independence, self-development, growth, and fulfilment, must vacate the space.

Ia, qu. 13, art. 5. For the difficult doctrine of analogical predication in Aquinas, see Davies, Aquinas, ch. 8. See also Ch. 5, §4, below. 12 For an illuminating introduction to some of these points, see F. Copleston, A History of Philosophy [1950] (New York: Doubleday, 1962), Vol. 2, ch. 32, and Davies, Aquinas, ch. 21. As Davies points out, Aquinas’ view of the need for faith to support many of the doctrines of Christianity does not, however, imply that the relevant claims, and their relationship to other known truths, cannot be the subject of rational reflection.

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