Went to a gathering recently, and heard a friend speak on increasing perception–that God’s further incarnation into His People would mean that the symbolic and the logic parts of their minds would be joined in a new way.
He was talking specifically in the context of the restoration, of God making men whole again. there is to be a flow from the symbolic part of the mind and the sorting or naming parts.
the restoration of the imagination…
the enlightenment period obviously idolized one part of man’s mind–its reasoning or logic aspects; then the 20th century saw an artistic reaction to that in its exploration and even eventual idolization of the “unconscious”. The surrealist often threw out reason all together in a somewhat reactive way. But what does it look like for man’s mind to be whole.
We find ourselves looking more to the celts or the native americans or, the jewish mind for clues. But I think that our capacity as image bearers of God has not been fully expressed yet.
The way that the “back” of the mind and the front are to work together, for instance, is not fully understood. This has to do with God’s restoration of the symbolic in His People first and then in all of creation. He is a unified expression–behold, oh Israel, God is ONE. So there would be no disconnected bits which did not have a clearly meaningful expression….
…you see that the church was able to separate abstract doctrine from the actual Person of Christ very early on in its history. So that one could talk of the law without knowing the law giver; or speak of the theology of the cross without having gone to it. This gap appears to be in a process of erosion currently, as the reality of the thing symbolized is invading the symbols again! Christ is returning into the image of cross in a way that has great mystery and wonder!
What does a renewed mind look like in the end?!