Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Splash du Jour: Wednesday

God is not body… is not soul, intelligence, imagination, opinion, thought, word, number, order, size… Try to understand, Baudolino: God is a lamp without a flame, a flame without a fire, a fire without heat, a dark light, a silent rumble, a blind flash, a luminous soot, a ray of his own darkness, a circle that expands concentrating on its own center, a solitary multiplicity… God in his fullness, is also the place, or non-place, where the opposites are confounded.
-- Umberto Eco, Baudolino --

Have a great Wednesday!


Anonymous said...

We were just reading (in our Barnes & Noble/Starbucks jaunt) that Charles Freeman has a new book out (A.D. 381 I believe is the name of it) in which he addresses the origins of the trinity doctrine (i.e., germane to your post, the nature of God). Freeman is, in my opinion, one of the best writer/historians out there on the development of Christianity. In Freeman's last book, he was contending that so much of the adoption of certain doctrines was a function of the quest for *political* hegemony, so it will be interesting to read his latest.

Cipriano said...

Thank you for this.
I just happen to be at an Indigo Books here at The Eaton Center in Toronto, and went and found the very book you are mentioning, the Freeman one. It does look very interesting. Definitely not a beach-read!
Quite in-depth, scholarly, intense.
Also, right next to it on the shelf was a new one by another great author along these lines... Bart D. Ehrman.
It's called Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing The Hidden Contradictions in the Bible (and Why We Don't Know About Them)