The second part of the book is a critical history of western philosophy that starts with Kant and concludes with postmodern thinkers like Gilles Deleuze, Jacques Derrida, and Emmanuel Levinas. According to Hart, these philosophers have remained confined to an ontology of violence in which Kantian antinomies—such as space and time, freedom and necessity—and Hegelian dialectics—in which reality is a conflict between nature and history—dominate philosophical reflection. Such thinkers have trivialized the concretely beautiful for the abstract sublime, thereby closing themselves off to the Christian narrative of beauty and peace. Hart is particularly skeptical of postmodern claims that we have reached “the end of metaphysics,” for the rhetorical claim of the end of metaphysics is simply the introduction of another sort of violent metaphysics.
Did Jesus of Nazareth, “the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5), really exist? What’s the evidence outside of the Bible? Classical and Jewish writings from the first several centuries C.E. give us a glimpse of the person who would become the central figure in Christianity mere decades after his crucifixion.
It is useful to consider Shore’s take on the Gospel of John’s initial words as heralding the Trinity–and by doing so having a grasp of the notion of the Trinity. Shore goes on to challenge the notion of accepting Jesus in order to have the Holy Spirit. This will make some uncomfortable. I find people come to God in so many different ways and circumstances that perhaps that notion should be challenged. It is however, how we “do” Christianity. I do know that Holy Ghost is the greatest Evangelist and He is unconcerned with orders and formulas we come up with. I also know the Holy Ghost operates on folks that are not believers.
|Matthew 24:29||1 Thessalonians 4:13||1 Cor 15:50||Revelation 20:4|
|Time period:||Immediately after..[tribulation]||Not stated||After last trumpet after the dead are raised||7th Trumpet [last one]|
|Where is Christ?||in the clouds||in the clouds||Not stated||Seen descending to earth in the clouds|
|Who is raised first?||Not stated||the dead||the dead||not stated|
|Who is gathered?||the Elect||the Elect||The Dead then the Saints.||Dead judged/ Saints rewarded.|
|What will be heard?||a trumpet||The voice of an archangel and a trumpet.||Last trumpet||The voice of an archangel and a trumpet.|