All men crave knowledge by nature, that is the opening statement of Aristotle’s Metaphysics. Yet the good chunk of that great work, as well as some of the best passages ever written in metaphysics and theology, rather deal with the discipline of putting this craving in its natural confines, than attempting to incite it further.
In this podcast – an appendix to our ongoing series on traditional notions of destiny and Providence – we focus on attempts of those who try to cross this boundary and take more than is due to them; overstep the bounds of knowledge by not understanding its nature and its limits.
Strangely enough, those are people whose activities somehow always end up in a sort of religious marketing rendering them into wholesale agents on “the market of truth” with a claim to knowledge traditionally ascribed to angels – an total intuitive perception of the truth of the given subject and claim to prophetic insight.
They are wholesale angels, indeed. And they are so full of “spirit of prophecy”, that they cannot help but confuse the sound of expiration coming from their bowels for the pouring forth of the Holy Spirit.
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