abba's way

Aquinus and Augustine fostered a Christianity well suited to a binary view of things


I see virtues as having little means of being other than morally neutral because the actions to which they are attached have historically been based on taking sides or conflict or even simply reasoning in a dualistic manner. Shakespeare took honor apart in Hiv1 and I think prefigured the critique I am making. The A-informed  theologies of Aquinus and Augustine fostered a Christianity well suited to a binary view of things — starting with heaven and hell. I think the values I associate with Jesus are not in accord with virtues as much as with actions and expressions – tolerance, helpfulness, democracy and underlying them non-idolatry. History has been progressive despite its binary thinking and acting. We must now move to what I call triadic thinking in order to reckon with the sea change we must accomplish in this century. The values I have cited are fundamentally good and the values I have designated as less than good are demonstrably related to evil in the only way it can be rationally defined — as gradations of harm leading to abuse, injury and killing.

I have developed this thinking over five decades outside the academy and definitely outside the church. That endows it with some flaws but makes its scope possible. Ultimately triadic philosophy is about rebuilding the world on the values noted.
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