Sunday, October 21, 2007

Pondering On Epistemology

During last super-busy Saturday, I rang up Steven, and to my surprise, he is studying into human cognition and epistemological related topics. Why a 'surprise'? Because I'm doing that too!

Given the fact that we are not identical twin, the undertaken route of our studies are not identical. The difference between us are the different sources that we use and thus different starting point. He digs into A. Thiselton, W. Pannenberg, S. Pinker, M. Gladwell etc on direct studies of cognition, hermeneutics, psychology, and neuroscience; where as I dig A. Thiselton (same author but different source), M. Westphal, J.K Smith, D. Burns, M. Horton etc on shifts between epistemologies within historical periods, in hoping to gain insight from the shifts (at the same time, I'm tampering with 'fire' which some humans call 'trans-modernism').

On other note, the other day, an idiosyncratic yet nuanced categorization between pre-citical, critical, and post-critical period came to mind. I've been trying to find simple way to describe the differences between these 3 periods. The usual manner for this task is to distinguish the distinctive features of each era. And so, these features:

In the Pre-critical period, heretics are burned, slaughtered, guillotined, drowned, castrated(?) or other bloody punishment.

In the Critical Period, heretics are excommunicated and verbally-condemned.

In the Post-critical period, heretics are still being invited to Christmas parties, children's birthday celebrations, and Sunday services.

hahahaha.... if you are smart enough, you might also finds that such categorization do implicitly shows the shift of priorities and thus character-judgment. The otherness of the 'Other' gain more appreciation and acknowledgment in the later period compared to the earlier. In coronary with that, the severity of holding different doctrines are being seen with less intensity. And that implies more freedom to non-conformity with traditional or pre-critical or critical theologization and theologies.

Thus (with a big 'PHEW~') I can unashamedly proclaim to be a postmodern Christian-liberal Presbyterian!

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