Christ and Reality

If reality is grounded in Christ, and being in Christ is by definition being in community, does that mean reality is intrinsically relational? This would make sense to me. If this is true, then, does that mean that real being is only possible in community? If both language and actual being demand community, them perhaps true human existence can only be had in community.

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3 thoughts on “Christ and Reality

  1. JJ May 17, 2012 / 8:33 pm

    Yes, though this is hardly an insight unique to Christianity. Most premoderns thought this way, although it wasn’t manifested in their metaphysics and cosmologies. In contrast, moderns assume atomism. With the rejection of a participatory metaphysics in the late middle ages and early modern period, the borders between particularities harden and become self-contained. There can then only be discrete and particular individual things that do not naturally exist in harmony, but need to be grafted into a whole. To use Milbank and Hart’s phrase, this is an “ontology of violence” that fails to respect the “ontological interval” between beings or persons. The last 500 years of economic theory and political thought has adopted this approach in its thinking about rights, freedom, sovereignty, etc. The contemporary West is built upon post-Christian grounds.

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  2. whitefrozen May 21, 2012 / 10:51 pm

    It’s interesting to trace the history of the more atomistic ideas that form modern thought.

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  3. Chris Falter December 28, 2014 / 11:47 pm

    The Genesis creation account would certainly support your contention. When Adam was alone it was “not good;” not until Eve joined him was the result “very good.”

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