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Surprise, surprise

It is upon love that the mystery turns, i.e. upon the fact that there are no criteria by which love can be defined.

This is the wonderful mystery of God.




'God is love' (1 John 4:8, 16).

From this text it becomes evident that to have a: 'lived experience' of the love of God is to manifest His love in the individual’s own life. Without manifesting God's love in his own life, such a person cannot know God or ever have known the love of God or experience His presence.

But in the dialectic of Love, the believer experiences something else - the experience of self.

Throughout my journey I have struggled against the Spinozist death of the self.

Many of the thinkers whom I have cited have been engaged in the struggle for the survival of the self.

All have failed - with their theories and philosophies falling prey to the all-subsuming power of Spinozist Oneness, which is itself grounded in Lurianic Kabbalah and Judaism.

It seems to me that the alternative to the death of the self (tikkun) is to be found in the message of God through Jesus. Here is to be found the re-birth of the self to new life.

I can hear the committed Christians saying - surprise, surprise...


© John Dunn.

Edomite Red Edomite Red
Napoleon’s conquests cemented the spread of French revolutionary legislation to much of western Europe. The powers of the Roman Catholic church, guilds, and manorial aristocracy came under the gun as the goal of an unimpeded borderless movement of money came into view. Traditions crumbled. 'All that is solid melts into air’, wrote Marx in a Sabbatian fervour, ‘all that is holy is profaned'.
John Dunn

Quote every hour: No good poetry is ever written in a manner twenty years old, for to write in such a manner shows conclusively that the writer thinks from books, convention and clich?, not from real life. Ezra Pound

‘Truth’: a cruel, elaborate and stultifying fiction ‘Truth’: a cruel, elaborate and stultifying fiction
The ‘truth’ of the modern world was and remains an instrument of enslavement. Philosophically this ‘truth’ translated too readily into positivism and deference to the objective virginity of facts, untouched by any subjective intrusion from mind. The modern world became an arid desert of reality.
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