Archive for the ‘communication’ Category

Rules for Writers

March 29, 2013

A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus: What am I trying to say? What words will express it? What image or idiom will make it clearer? Is this image fresh enough to have an effect? And he will probably ask himself two more: Could I put it more shortly? Have I said anything that is avoidably ugly?

George Orwell, Politics and the English Language, 1946

The Trinity is the sole ground of love

January 10, 2010

The Nicene Creed – three persons, one God… Whether you realize it or not that catapulted the Nicene Creed right into our century and its discussion: three Persons in existence, loving each other, and in communication with each other, before all else was. If this was not so, we would have had a God who needed the universe as much as the universe needed God. But God did not need to create; God does not need the universe as the universe needs Him. Why? God is a full and true Trinity. The Persons of the Trinity communicated with each other before the creation of the world. This is not only an answer to the acute philosophic need of unity in diversity, but of personal unity and diversity. The unity and diversity cannot exist before God or behind God because whatever is farthest back is God… The unity and diversity are in God Himself – three persons, yet one God… this is not the best answer; it is the only answer. Nobody else, no philosophy, has ever given an answer for unity and diversity… Every philosophy has this problem, and no philosophy has an answer. Christianity does have an answer in the Trinity. The only answer to what exists is that He, the starting-place, is there.

Francis Schaeffer, quoted in Michael A. Robinson, God Does Exist!, Author House 2006, pp.154-5

A unitarian god would be a god that lacked. He could not be love in himself since he would need a creation to love. He would not be an eternally loving being. Neither would a unitarian god be an eternally communicating being. In addition, the Triune God supplies the ground for equality (such as between persons generally and the sexes in particukar) because the different roles of the divine persons in no way diminishes their equality since they are of one substance.

Humans: Made for relationships

August 4, 2009

The worst punishment the French penal convicts had to endure was not beatings or hard work but solitary confinement. Very few men survived extended periods in these cells where silence was strictly enforced. In effect, all human contact was removed. Many went mad or killed themselves. They called solitary the ‘man-eater’.

Papillion wrote of one man who could endure the silence no longer after 36 months. When the warder threatened him to shut up the convict replied: ‘Do you think you can find anything worse than this silence? Punish me as much as you like. Knowck me about if you feel like it…but you;ll never find anything to come up to this silence that you force me to live in. No, no no! I can’t stand it anymore. I can’t stand never hearing a word!

Papillion, p.288