Berkeley, Saturday, July 6, 2019 4:54 PM
It is to make up for 5/7/’19, when I did not write in the blog. I will see, if I can continue writing everyday. I love how it expands my curiosity, and I have a space to write down my ideas, learnings, or to clear my mind, but the my time is getting more constrained.
It caught my attention a sign from a Catholic community in a good university from Baltimore, which says: “Why to go Greek while you can go Roman?”
It is not the first time that I have heard that, another time in a conversation in Berkeley, my Catholic interlocutor, referred to university as the Greek thinking.
Booth are wrong in trying to define theses cultures. Romans were not primarily religions. But it is a time when we learned much more about God and defeated paganism. During the Greek time, our believes in divinity were still in early stages, thinking on several gods, who even cannot agree with themselves.
Epicurus (341-270 BC), I think was atheist. He is well know for his philosophy on pursuit of happiness , which, although, sounds appealing, it is a too selfish purpose in life, as C.S. Lewis (1955, p. 143) described.
Not Socrates (c. 470 – 399 BC), neither Plato (c. 427-347 BC), nor Aristotle (384 – 322 BC) were atheists. They were were great thinkers, and seekers of the truth, who challenged the believes of the time. They have had a great contribution to theology. See the Third Man Argument. Tell me if any does not have an internal voice who dictates what to do.
In the medieval times, in the born of the current universities, the Catholic Church had a strong influence for they creation, and for teaching the independence of thought. There was a good marriage of thinking in the so called greek thinking, Roman thinking, and elsewhere thinking. University is a synonymous of universal. Does Catholic come from the Greek word katholikos, which means universal as well?
Despite those words, by no means a university should be restriceted to a doctrine, with these I am not saying that universities as we know them today were born from Catholic influence, and so they should continue to be. What I am illustrating the good marriage between the greek philosophy and an elsewhere thinking in a universal learning.
That is the meaning of university, enlightenment, thinking, free thinking, not necessarily authority restricted to a government or to a religious doctrine.
Knowledge must be presented to students as it is. It is the place where we seek for the truth, and from where we multiply ideas informing to our communities or society.
Furthermore, knowledge is one of the six or seven gifts from spirit of God, or Holy Spirit (Is 11, 2-3). The debate between 6 and 7 gifts is because some translations included piety as a gift, where others none. We should go to the original text to clarify that.
Then, it would be foolish for an illustrated person in knowledge to think that everything can be explained just by reason, and what is not know is just uncertainty. While those claims are correct, we will be too poor to reduce our sevens gifts and our lives just to matter and knowledge. So those who claimed that God is dead, did so just in their limited knowledge.
Isaiah. The Book of Isaiah (unknown date). Isaiah lived lived around the early 700s B.C. and the late 600s B.C. The book is an anthology of poems composed chiefly by the Isaiah, but also by his disciples. Some came many years after his death. I read it from the New American Bible. Revised Edition2011. Catholic Book Publishing Corp., N.J.,
Lewis, C.S., 1955. Surprised by joy: The shape of my early life. First Harvest edition published in 1966.