The Soul as Sphere

14 09 2008

Christian Platonic Tiptoeing Around the Transmigration of Souls

One issue that most concerns any person who is both an advocate of Platonic doctrines and a Christian is the doctrine of the transmigration of souls. The most famous crystallization of this idea comes in the Phaedrus myth, where the soul falls into matter and takes 10,000 years to ascend back to the heavens. This doctrine, shared with the divines of the East, was first formulated explicitly in the West many years before Plato in the doctrine of the Pythagoreans. When the fullness of Platonic writings were recovered by many intellectuals in Renaissance Florence in the fifteenth century, these scholars had to invent ingenious if at times inaccurate explanations to reconcile this heretical doctrine with Christian cosmic principles. Their solutions, however, always affirmed the dignity of man as made in the image and likeness of God, having a nobility and mutability that can create, encompass, and rule all things.
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El Último Vals

14 09 2008

The first single by the Spanish rock group, La Oreja de Van Gogh, since the departure of their former lead singer, Amaia Montero, last year. Their new vocalist, Leire Martinez, seems to be a good Amaia impersonator, but she has spunk, and that is to be respected. We’ll give her a shot.