Friday, November 12, 2010

Free Writing

The Grand Mother-Empress summoned the greatest scholars of the River, the impuritans of the lower valley and the Maximalists of the upper valley, to debate her divinity. Privately, she hoped she was not divine.

2 comments:

Julian E said...

I like the idea that it's not that she thinks she isn't divine and hopes the council won't make the mistake of thinking she is -- but rather that the council's ruling is binding and authoritative not just on official dogma, but on reality itself, so that if they do decide she's divine, she is, regardless of her personal feelings on the matter.

I imagine that if Christianity were true, Jesus would have felt that way a lot. "So, the union of my human and divine natures is based on hypostatic union and not conjunction according to the Council of Chalcedon now? Uh... okay, fine. Does that have any implications for... no? Okay, good."

Rob Helpy-Chalk said...

I like that interpretation, too. Mostly, I was just imagining that the G. Mother-Empress viewed the results of the debate as 100% reliable epistemologically, so that if they say she is divine, she must have been divine all along. I'm not sure why she doesn't want to be divine. Too much responsibility? Not any opportunity to sin?