Saturday, December 08, 2007

For the Quantum Theology files

Quantum Theology: a term coined by yours truly to describe the metaphorical similarity between Christian theology and particle physics, due to the unintuitive strangeness by which the investigation of the basic building blocks of matter continually yielded unexpected results in the form of strange and seemingly endless division of particles into sub-particles. Likewise, the casual observer of Christian theology at work is continually astounded by the seemingly endless and unexpected dimensions along which holy doctrine splits into opposing isms.

Today's new ism, via Joe Carter's Evangelical Outpost, is repristinationism:

20. I believe that restoration does not mean repristination and that creation will not be restored to the Garden of Eden but to the Heavenly City spoken of in the Book of Revelations.

So if you happen to overhear a heated argument that includes the term "repristinationist bastard", you'll know that its just Christianity at work.


Blogger Harry Eagar said...

How 'bout that? Until your post, I had never encountered that word, but now I find:

'One tension among those which generated heresy was precisely that polarisation between the acceptance of tradition as a valid and validating force within the Church, and calls for repristination based on interpretation (and re-interpretation) of the bible as the prescriptive and sole foundation for christian action.'

However, the author seems to intend repristination to mean return of the church to its primitive simplicity.

From 'Literacy, heresy, history and orthodoxy: perspectives and permutations for the Later Middle Ages,' by R.N. Swanson, in 'Heresy and Literacy, 1000-1530,' Peter Biller and Anne Hudson, eds.

I also find this passage, which suggests no progress on the theology front in the past thousand years:

'They (Christianists) spoke for their age in measuring their belief and conduct against the text, confident that virtue and orthodoxy consisted in stripping away the encrustations and deformations of tradition which literacy alone . . . enabled them to recognize as departures from the historically authenticated canon upon which they took their stand.'

It is depressing to think, in 2007, that their stand, taken in 1024, inaugurated 700 years of ceaseless religious bloodshed.

From R.I. Moore, 'Literacy and heresy, c. 1000-c. 1500,' same volume.

Merry Christmas!

December 23, 2007 7:43 AM  
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