It is vitally important that we learn how to once again "ground" ourselves. But we cannot do this with reason or science. We cannot do it with universals. The only way out is through.
I agree on your analysis of our modern way of thinking and of its over-reliance on rationality, but I am struggling with fully understanding your solution. To me it sounds like a version of "touch grass", or rather, "touch God", through rituals and rites. Have I understood it correctly?
Another confusion for me is your critic of sola scriptura. First you argue that enlightment thinking severed the bounds of metaphysical reality, but in so doing just became an echo of fashion. But is not sola scriptura one of these bounds that prevents us from becoming just another echo of fashion? The scriptures certainly is not fashionable today. I understand the critic of "endless interpretations" of the scriptures, but unless taste is tested through the lens of the scriptures, how can we tell apart bad taste from good taste?
Very protestant way of thinking, I know, but I feel that over-emphesising on rites at the expense of all rationality would throw out the baby with the bathwater. God is a rational God, as proven by the very existence of math and the natural world. Kant was wrong that you cannot prove God rationally. Rationality is integral to Christianity. Im feeling Im missing something from your perspective (or perhaps Im too drenched in protestant thinking).
Can I suggest you do a substack on the proper role of rationality at some point? I think that might clear things up, at least for me
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An abstract, rationalist approach to scripture would be to dissect the parables of Christ and categorize them to memorize. A Spirit-driven approach would be to let the parables wash over us and to pray for God’s insight to come to us. Some of my most profound moments spiritually have simply come to me like a dove, without concerted effort nor any wisdom on my part. I think the parables are in a way helping us develop taste or proper judgment, while evading our filters of fashion and culture. Thank you also for your audio versions. I find I connect much more with the message that way.
As much as the Orthodox as viewed as kinda the mystics of the Christian world we have some pretty dry approaches: do the discipline to develop yourself even if you don't get immediate results. Just like Cassian would say.
Anyway, much here is in my own thought and writings. I think and feel there is a swallowing and death of our cultures and we must turn to something True if irrational.
That which is revealed takes precedence over mere rationality.
I know you’re rooted in the Dutch Reformed tradition. But some of your proposals run counter to the practices of the Bavinck-Kuyper influenced Dutch Reformed tradition. I’m curious where you see your thoughts coalesce with or deviate from that theological tradition.