Yes, this post is really only for uber-theology/philosophy nerds.
As a librarian I can tell you that many of the books from centuries past had long titles like the one above. I hope that it grabbed your attention.
And yes, I know that this is yet again an audacious posting for me to do as a non-professional philosopher. Again (I say this all the time – it gets old) probably the most audacious thing I have done yet.
And yes, I know that all of this does not really seem related to the idea of “theology like a child”. That said, I am seriously considering that everything that I say below – or something like or compatible with what I say below – may actually need to be said (I am proposing them as theses for discussion and debate) for the sake of the simple Gospel, that is, for the message that God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ: that Christ died for your sins – and through Him you can have true peace with almighty God.
Not long ago, there was an excellent program on the topic of Truth on the BBC radio show “In Our Time”, hosted by Melvin Bragg. He and his guest deal with the topic of truth in the context of what early 21st century academics find viable for today. Still, I submit that so much more can and must be said… there are things that have been left behind, and that need to be (and I think will be) recovered. This is my attempt at a small contribution towards that effort.
The theses in set 1 largely deals with what some might call matters of the spirit, the things “above”, or transcending, the created realm. The theses in set 2-7, subdivided by topic, deal more with what we might call matters of the flesh, the physical, the things “below”.
I have put the theses in a sort of logical order that makes a lot of sense to me personally. Obviously some of the theses in set 1 are explicitly Christian, and will probably not be able to be received by non-Christians as readily as the theses that follow in set 2.
Alternatively then, a non-Christian who is reading this series of posts might prefer to start with the theses in set 2.
I’m posting them on my perpetually neglected theology/philosophy blog here…. (if you really want to afflict yourself)