Friday, 21 March 2014

If (Christian) love is the primary thing; this implies an animistic (living) universe

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Following from this:

http://charltonteaching.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/what-is-problem-about-love-that-needs.html

if the primary reality (force) of the universe is love (specifically Christian love) then this entails that the universe - the whole universe - be alive.

The primacy of love implies an animistic universe.

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Why this must be derives from the properties of love, and from the unacceptability of the alternatives (the alternatives are either that nothing in the universe is alive, or that some things in the universe are alive and the rest is not).


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The nature of love seems obviously to require intentional communication, and at least the potential for reciprocity. That seems to restrict love to living things.

If love is to be primary as an explanation for reality, that means that at least the important things in the universe be alive.

(Accepting that of course, being alive is capable of many quantitative degrees and many qualitative forms - the life of a bacterium is different from a tree is different from a sheep is different from a man - and the principle would have to extent downwards to viruses, molecules, atoms and the like.)

Which leads to a choice between some-things or all-things in the universe being alive.

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Historically, the earliest abandonment of animism was that only some things were alive - for example biological-things; and among them only animals, and only some-animals - perhaps only humans - could be capable of love.

The only sense that can be made of this is that the whole universe exists only for the benefit of those things capable of love - that is humans and God - plus presumably angels.

This is a fairly common Christian idea - that everything is dead - or rather non-alive - except Men and Angels and God: everything else exists 'merely' to serve these.

So we live in a life-less universe, with a 'bubble' of love between Men and with God and Angels - and the rest is darkness, meaninglessness, and has nothing to do with love.

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But in such a universe love is not really primary - it is more that everything else except Man and God can (and ultimately should) be ignored.

Furthermore, it seems that to deny the aliveness of everything, and to try and draw a line around God and Man and between alive and non-alive is actually to set foot onto a slippery slope...

In doubting the importance and aliveness of everything except God and Man, we end-up by doubting the reality of God and the aliveness of Man.

So, now the standard, secular, mainstream academically prevalent view is exactly this: that God is not alive (i.e. does not exist); and Man is not really alive; in the sense that there is nothing special (or 'vital') to distinguish between the living and the non-living, or the sentient and the non-sentient...

And therefore that any feeling or belief we may have of being alive - and of loving - is just a feeling or belief; inessential, delusional; a mere epiphenomenon of lifeless mechanical processes.

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Thus in practice it proved impossible to hold the line and assert that Man really is alive and capable of love - and that love matters more than anything - in a world view that asserts the non-alive nature of everything-else.

Given the unacceptability of nothing-is-alive, and the unsustainability of some-things-are alive - this leaves as the only coherent alternative that everything-is-alive.

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If the universe really is alive - if we really do inhabit an animistic universe (as all children start-out believing, and many hunter gatherers and others tribes people continue to believe through adult life) - then the mainstream, secular modern view of things amounts to a denial of the basic structure of reality.

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So, it seems that we are forced to conclude that pretty-much everything is more-or-less alive.

We are forced back into adopting animism as the default belief - unless, that is, we are prepared to abandon the primacy of (Christian) love.

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