“Human beings are not different from the fire, scanner, or mother bear; they’re just more complex systems.” But if science discovered that burning were actually as complex as the brain action, or even if there were some Rube Goldberg contraption that was as complex as neuronal firing, would we then have a reason to become confused about whether they were free?
~James Chastek “Notes over the free will debate.“
Elijah came to a cave where he took shelter.
Then the LORD said to him,
“Go outside and stand on the mountain before the LORD;
the LORD will be passing by.”
A strong and heavy wind was rending the mountains
and crushing rocks before the LORD—
but the LORD was not in the wind.
After the wind there was an earthquake—
but the LORD was not in the earthquake.
After the earthquake there was fire—
but the LORD was not in the fire.
After the fire there was a tiny whispering sound.
When he heard this,
Elijah hid his face in his cloak
and went and stood at the entrance of the cave.
Virtually all errors in thought are the result of a misunderstanding or failure to appreciate the significance of the Incarnation.
Alternatively: Reality is fundamentally Incarnational, and a failure to recognize this will always lead to error.
Modern thought denies the Incarnation (generally by refusing to admit the union of material and spiritual, giving undue precedence to one or the other) and the reason for the Incarnation (i.e. original sin).