Faith


Faith is not 'at the end' of a succession of rational articulations. You do not fall on God as on a new explanatory formula. Faith is in opening. It thus means the exit of the cave of our short-sighted obviousness, of our little interests and of our sourly obscurantisms. The faith is opening on the gift of sense. In its nudity it is exposed to an infinite plenitude which comes from the 'Other'.



The world of the animal does not extend very far beyond its muzzle. Man is not limited, like the animal, by the 'impassable horizon' of his instinct, his ignorance or his down-to-earth certainties. Man is open to infinity. Thus he cannot pass beside the eschatologic question. What is 'beyond'? What occurs 'afterwards'? After and beyond the space-time limits of our human condition.

The human reality is child of the word, the matrix of man. But which word generates which kind of man? Is it the tautological word in resonance inside of our 'bubble'? Or is it a word coming from elsewhere? When the spirit refuses its own limits and its enclosures, it opens itself critically ad infinitum. He becomes an inhabitant of the Opening.

Opening, from the start on, is not very accommodating nor comfortable. That undoubtedly explains why there are not big crowds willing to become expatriats. However sense is only given in Opening. Absolute Sense, of course, and not any little significance of pleasure or of utility. Ultimately it is about the Sense of Sense, and  basically the sense of the speech which generates us as humans.

This sense does not come from us. The Sense - the absolute one, Sense of sense - is given to us. It comes from elsewhere. It comes from the 'Other'. This gift of Sense is called, in Christian comprehension, the revelation. The etymology speaks here for itself: a veil tears, true reality appears, not in logical continuity with our prerequisites, but in rupture of radical innovation, in a purely free way.



Faith is not in my possession. I do not have it at my disposal. It disposes of me. Faith is not included but including. It situates you in the middle of the including extremes.

Faith breaks the necessities. It calls. In the openung of freedom and gratuity. Faith locates you from the start on in the middle of the including extremes. You are welcome in the matrix of the Absolute. Bathed in a light where every thing takes a new lighting and where even the shades are explained. Consequently the questions are not absolute any more. They are posed on bottom of an absolute answer. Even if no explicit answer is yet delivered, the sense of every possible answer is already given.

Faith is not contained 'in' our psychological or mental possibilities. It is not a product of an 'I think' individual or collective. It refuses to be enclosed in a system of ideas. Faith is free entry in the free gift of sense.

Faith is not of the order of 'what', namely something like an 'object' which could be seized, understood or manipulated. Faith is of the order of 'that'. It precedes every possible seizure and every possible comprehension. It is like the ontological imperative of the creational act. It is not constituted but constituent.

You are in gestation in the matrix of the Absolute. Bathed of a light where any thing takes a new lighting and where shades themselves - with the whole of the play of the shades - are explained. The questions are not absolute any more. They are posed on bottom of answer. No explicit answer is still delivered. But the Direction of a possible answer already-is given.



It is the Other one which saves. Salvation is not in the search of plenitude for oneself, nor in the conquest of the void of this plenitude. Because all these searches and conquests are always aimed at the 'same'.The Christian faith does not culminate in the illumination, nor in the gaping of the illumination, but in the encounter of the Other. Faith is opening to a presence. Faith is an encounter which celebrates the irruption of the Other coming by grace. The Other and with him all others. They come to disturb. Against this irruption thousand pagan defenses are working in search of a pure and impassive absolute.

But such is not the Christian Absolute which is called Love. "The infinite distance from the bodies to the spirits, says Pascal, show the infinitely more infinite ditance from the spirits to charity.” An infinitely infinite distance between the greatest splendors we can reach by ourselves and the glory which must appear in us by grace.

Which value has water when it overflows? It can get an infinite price when you are lost in the desert. We are not finished crossing our spiritual desert. To quench our essential thirsts we are likely to find only the obstructed wells and the polluted sources of our Master Thinkers. However they must well exist these 'sources of water spouting out for the eternal life”!



The prophetic word means the irruption of the 'Other'  right in the middle of our existence. The Other which comes from 'extra muros' to open our infinitely enclosures.

 

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01 Human Paradox
A paradoxal animal
Human paradox
In rupture
An animal in crisis
An animal 'less' (something)
Premature and naked
Child of the difference
Child of elsewhere
 
02 Verticality
Middle and extremes
Tropism to upwards
Divine instinct
The vertical living
Vertical interiority
The personal mystery
In strict immanence
 
03 Gaping Depths
Gaping deepness
Child of gaping
Gaping on an other order
Gaping of meaning
Gaping on the questioning
Gaping of matter
Gaping of existence
In vertical gaping
Negative anthropology
 
 
04 Sacral Difference
Sacral dimension
The sacral difference
Sacral crisis
The archaeological sacred
Sacral verticality
Hiero-tropic space-time
 
05 Human Environment
Human space
Closed and open
Curvature of space
Negative space
Space of the sense
Including and included
Between Alpha and Omega
 
 
06 The Matrix of Humanity
Child of a culture
Human matrix
Culture and cultures
Master speech
Refusing the enclosures
 
07 The Spirit
The spiritual reality
How define it?
Going through
DIS-tinction
The spirit says no
Dialectics
 
08 Spiritual Breath
Breathing
Spiritual energy
Making sense
To signify
Sense is through gaping
Speech and language
Symbol
Faith
 
 
09 The Sense of Sense
The Sense
The space of the sense
The house of the sense
Including and included sense
Confinement
Master and possessor of sense
 
10 The Reason
Science
Constituted and constituent
Scientific dialectics
Bubble
Between
Structure and sense
 
11 The Meaning
Demiurge of the significances
Through
To run here and there
Mechanism
Trough articulation
Articulable matter
 
 
12 Systems Analysis
Systemics
The system
Systemic operation
Energy
Tanks
 
13 Oïkology
Impossible closing
Systemic totality
The house of the spirit
Ecology
We sinned
 
 
14 Exodus
Spiritual adventure
Out of safety measures
Out of the cave
Logos in exodus
 
15 Through Difference
Difference
Starting from difference
Crossing the duality
A logic of crossing
Chance
 
16 Dialectics
Going through 'no'
Fundamental dynamics
Dia-logos
The fourth dimension
Passover dialectics
 
17 Alliance
Broken Alliance
Rupture of the bond
The prodigal son
Atheism
State of grace
 
 
18 History
Emergence of History
Impossible totalizing
Trans-historic verticality
The sense in exodus
Between Alpha and Omega
 
19 Fertile Confrontation
Singular adventure
Dialectical gestation
Antithesis
Two revolutions
Exponents
A long gestation
Explosiveness
 
20 Progress
What is progress?
Source of The progress
Exponential acceleration
The tool of progrès
Why it isn't working
Wedged exponential growth
Progressive illusion
 
21 Schizoid
Tautological speech
Idealism
Master and possessor
Flirt with nothingness
God driven out
Without the Father
Without recourse
Psychosis
 
 
22 The Other One
Arising
The other one
Exposed
To tell the other one
 
 
23 Adventurers
Components and exponents
Adventurers of eschatology
Today
 
24 Through Scandal
Gaping mystery of evil
Trough distance
Congenital evil
Entropy in the human hearth
 
25 Agape
Gaping of Eros
Captive desire
Eros and Agape
Going down
Defeated entropy
 
 
26 God in You
Tropism for Agape
Bottomless bottom
Cleaning the sources
Let you fall
You fall into God
 
 
 
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