Also, can you go into more detail about what do you think it means for God to reveal himself in the crucified Christ? Is it just the theme that love and service, which can be seen as weak, are actually more powerful than overt power?
Of course I picture H&G wearing attachable bunny ears while they are running wildly around the neighborhood looking for easter eggs lain:
Universal versus particular ethics can be understood in a few different ways. Ethics can be particular in the sense of being described to a single particular community, like for example Jewish ritualistic and dietary laws. It can also be particular in the sense of being revealed in a specific culture and not be deducible from reason.
Universal ethics can both mean ethics that are universal in the sense of specific rules being obvious to all reasonable people or it can be more phenomological as in saying that being merciful is a universal human phenomenon that must be supressed in order to act against it, and it need not have any particular expression, love and mercy can expressed particularly within different cultures while the phenomenological inclination remains universal.
Sufism for example is a typical example of universal religious ethics. It claims that the mystical search inwards in human nature reveals a transcendent unity of all religions which reveals an ethics of love and compassion as the highest ethics, it is a sort of mystical phenomenology if you want.
Very conservative and literal understandings of the Islamic sources on the other hand leans more towards a particular ethics, the ethics of the Islamic society. Those are the extremes, the Islamic sources have elements of both.
Harry Wan Kenobi and George Skywalker? I have to say that my mental image of them wearing brown Jedi robes is pretty awesome.
Starting on monday, which is more than fine, ready to begin again now. Monday is just an opening ceremony with some short lecture and some food.
Ordered some more books about and by Whitehead, think I'm getting close to a complete bibliography of his philosophical works. Something tells me that his mathematical works are WAY beyond me :chuckle: