Saturday, October 06, 2001

some thoughts on Burke. burke uses the idea of pollution, purgation and redemption to illustrate the cycle of human actions, the state of humanity and the course of linguistic negation on our lives, thoughts and states of being. clearly, this is a Christian idea. the redemption that comes from Jesus Christ is considered the victimisation of a person, object or thing that takes upon itself the sins or guilt of a collective in order to dissolve those sins. my question is, why is he making this a function of our linguistics or language instead of a spiritual truth that is universal for the same reasons his idea of linguistic negation in universal? if, there is a state of guilt that derives from language, why can the state of guilt not lead to negation in language? further more, burke mentions that moral judgements are not possible without linguistic negation,"thou shalt nots" and he gives the example of the ten commandments. first, the ten commandments are not all thou shalt nots, in fact they are primarily thou shalts. such as, love the lord your God with all your heart, keep the sabbath, honor your father and mother. even the shall nots are positive in inplicity: do not commit adultery (be faithful to your spouse) do not take the lords name in vain (honor your God with your tounge) do not steal (be thankful for what you have, look to God, trust in God for all your needs) have no other Gods before me, make no graven images (God is one and cannot be contained in any image) etc. I take issue with burke on this issue because it is not accurate to say that Christianity, or Judaism follows negatives which brings guilt. you cannot fullfil the commandments simply by doing "nots".

Also. why does he use a spiritual truth to explain a secular view? they cannot be separated. the fact that the secular view is possible is because there is a spiritual structure under the surface. i disagree with finding some "middle ground" with the world to provide a spiritual truth in language they will accept. this is not to say that the parables of jesus are consistent with that criticism. parables show a parallelism that is directly translated to a spiritual truth and in fact finds its basis for truth in that spiritual reality. in the case of burke, he seems to be making the claim that our secular reality gives parrallelism to the ideas contained in Christianity. the truth of the idea is found in our language, not in the truth of Christ. the whole idea is not purposefully dangerous, but to give more credence to the world than to truth is not honest or "redemptive" to human beings. there is only one way, truth and life, period. it is not secular nor can it be extrapolated from Christ and necessarily applied to the world. to find an answer to your guilt in any way but Christ is faulty and undesireable for anyone who seeks salvation.

Sunday, September 30, 2001

Some more thoughts on authority. I am pretty certain that the author of any given thing, whether it be a book article, picture or even creation itself, (God) is the ultimate authority and therefore the highest level of appeal when making any argument. There is somthing of course to be said about appealing to the object, the extension of the argument, however the object in itself gives no information except what one can glean or imply on the object. Even those objects that provide a modicome of important and relevant information are inadequate compared to the author or creator of the object. All things require some creative principle to exist, this principle or power is God. Further more, all things, every thought every idea has extension in the universe, this includes even those concepts which we are hard-pressed to define, such as justice, truth and love. Those things wich we concieve of in the mind have extension in the mind, though they are exclusive to the thinker. Every imaginatin has extension and is available to objectivity when the thing is known. These assertions are difficult to explain in such a short format, but maybe I will have time to give more detail later.
In English class we were supposed to determine if using Microsoft FrontPage would be a viable resource to teach Freshman Composition. I think that it would be a good thing to use because it requires a high level of organization and forethought in order to produce something that makes sense. Web sites, as a rule, have a three dimensional format, with links and pages connected together that are all inter-mingled through various navigational tools. This is very different from a more conventional linear method of composition that is generally tought as the Five Paragraph Essay. using the tools of the internet web page, organization is not linear and can encompass a much broader scope of interaction and design incorporated into the presentation.