27 September 2015

Ontological gaps

The easiest solution to an ontological separation is via a middle term, e.g. the spirit as intermediary between body and soul.

Sometimes this can take exotic forms, like the gnostic hierarchy of emanations, which is much more complicated than other ways of bridging the distance between God and creation (such as the uncreated energies in Orthodox doctrine) but also psychologically more acceptable: naively, it is easier to understand a higher essence that becomes progressively diluted into creation (which does preserve a divine spark) than two completely separate orders where the first one conveniently has an aspect that can interact with the second.

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