Monday, September 12, 2011

Grace Restores Nature?

I'm not sure "Grace restores nature" is quite right. It seems insufficiently aware of the apocalyptic character of grace. The death of Jesus is the death of the natural man. It doesn't make much sense to call that "restoration." And the resurrection after that didn't seem to be "restoration" in any sense of a return to Adam in quiet Eden. Does the gospel reiterate liturgical patterns that echo throughout redemptive history, all the way back to a protological bliss? Certainly. But, as anyone who has participated in the wild festivities of incense, chanting, crossing, and feasting of Holy Eucharist, Christianity is the great eschatological breaking in of something Edenically unfathomable. (There are angelic hosts.)

What can we say then of "grace and nature"? Is the gospel the end of the ontological peace of Creation? Absolutely not. But as apocalypse, it is a great unveiling. An unveiling of what? Of nature. Grace is the revelation of nature. This is more visible in Christ than anywhere else (as he is the firstfruits). In Christ, created being, most especially in the imago Dei of human being, finally comes into its own, man for the first time truly bearing the image of the Father in such a way as to wholly share in his nature, without shadow. Grace lets nature - at least, human nature - finally be.

Friday, September 9, 2011


Hufflepuff is the size of a lime and has a pulse rate of 158 bpm.

Also, I finally started writing.