Oct 9, 2021Liked by David Armstrong

Thanks for this David... It reminded me of a blog post from John Frusciante (famous as guitarist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers). He'd deleted it--but--it spoke so well to me, about the creative and spiritual processes, that I found it via 'the way back machine' and re-posted it on my own sloppy blog. Enjoy if you have the time! Thanks, -sb


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Re: “ Even dark fantasies, then—the ghoulish and the horrific—reflect something of the infinite divine creativity even as they also reflect the special pathologies of the soul.”

I wonder if you have explored / written in the Kabbalistic notion of the kelipah (shells) at all. In particular the kelipah nogah?


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Hello David, Thanks for your conversations with DBH I'm enjoying them a lot--as are you! :) But I have a question about some of your comments about different ressurection traditions in scripture. You mention the tradition in Paul about the "spiritual body" of the resurrected Christ as opposed to the Gospels more fleshy view. What do you take to be the real difference there? Christ's body in the Gospels is not entirely "fleshy" because he walks through walls, is unrecognizable and appears and disappears at will; how does Paul's view defer from this? I also wonder what the implications of the more 'spiritual' view are for how Christians see creation and interact with environmental issues? You and DBH mentioned your disagreement with Wright who seems to have a view of new creation that is essentially the current created order except without death. But doesn't that give him a more positive view of creation, the animal world and so on. Curious to hear how your vision cashes out for Christian environmental ethics... Sorry if this question is rather incoherent (as I'm sure it is). I'm realizing that there are questions about the 'real' and its connections to eschatology here that are extremely difficult to untangle...

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