The Politics of Renaissance Hermeticism, and the Magic of Science

I've been reading Frances Yates' Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition (1964). Part of her project is to dispel the myth that Bruno was burnt at the stake primarily for his heliocentrism and generally scientific and materialist attitude. This was certainly one of the Roman Inquisitions many accusations, but the real reasons the Church lit [...]

Schelling and the Transcendental Abyss of Nature

"What is essential in science is movement; deprived of this vital principle, its assertions die like fruit taken from the living tree." -Schelling, The Ages of the World -------------------------------- The Copernican Revolution had the exoteric effect of throwing the Earth into motion, decentering human consciousness in the Cosmos. We, like the other planets, became a [...]

Divine Imagination

I've been having a very stimulating discussion with a Christian theologian named Jason Michael McCann. He has held up a mirror to my ideas and allowed me to see them in a new light. His criticisms are fair and I hope we will each benefit from continued exposure to what may turn out to be [...]