A Big, Big World

I couldn’t shake the Divergent trilogy off my head. It’s been almost a week since I read the entire series. There was something about Tris’ reaction to the vastness of the world that amazes me.

When she first flew on a plane, she was astounded by the realization that she actually lived in a very small place and there is a big, big world outside the only world she knew all her life.

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You Complete Me– Really?

Hafeez Baoku:

Here’s the problem I learned with my search for “the one”: I was looking for wholeness in all the wrong places. There isn’t a human being on the planet who has the capacity to complete me and make me whole. By putting all my hope for a “happily ever after” in a spouse, I made singleness my problem and marriage the solution. Yet this is not what God intended.

Deutsch Words

German words that keep coming up in my seminary readings. Why do Bible scholars have to be German?

Der leidenden Gottesknecht- God’s Suffering Servant

Die Botschaft des leidenden Volkes- The Message of the Suffering People

Stellvertretung- place- taking; taking the place of another

Stellvertretung

Today the formula of vicarious suffering is as familiar to us as it is difficult for us to explain. Ever since Kant’s work on religion of 1793, it has been asserted repeatedly that the idea of vicarious suffering is no longer comprehensible because guilt, as an “intrinsic personal failure,” is nontransferable. Guilt, according to Kant, is

not a transmissible liability which can be made over to somebody else, in the manner of a financial debt (where it is all the same to the creditor whether the debtor himself pays up, or somebody else for him), but the most personal of all liabilities, namely a debt of sins which only the culprit, not the innocent, can bear, however magnanimous the innocent might be in wanting to take the debt upon himself for the other.

The difficulties with the idea of vicarious suffering come in this case from a particular view of humanity, namely, from the axiom of the nonrepresentability of the subject: as long as the subject sets the standard for his own responsibility, guilt, too, remains his alone and cannot be taken away by anything or anyone. “Guilt is always one’s own, because it is attached to the ego, and no one can give anyone else his ego (G. Friedrich).” Continue reading