Why I Agree With Nietzsche
When Logic Replaced Beauty
While containing fascinating, mind-expanding theological terms such as “jackassery”, A Breviary Of Sin from Systematics I left me craving more insight into the nature of sin, original sin, and good and evil. Like all good theology students, I figured Neitzsche was the best place to turn (thank you, herr dokTOR C. Fox). What I found in Beyond Good and Evil not only IMPROVED my theology, but it also gave language to a notion I had felt for years, perhaps decades.
“Logic is the tool of the weak-minded.”
From Will To Power:
Logic is an attempt to comprehend the actual world by means of a scheme of being posited by ourselves.
Logic is merely slavery within the fetters of langugage.
Logic denies what it means to be human, to feel, to perceive, to intuit and deconstructs epistomology to a formula whereby everything can be proved good or bad, valuable or invaluable, right or wrong. In the end, logic becomes a weapon to beat the other into a submissive stance of approval for why one does, thinks, or believes what one did, thought, or believed. It is the ultimate reactive to cover one’s illogical lil ass.
Maybe it started in the Enlightenment, maybe it started with the “Inerrancy of Scripture” movement, or maybe it started with the DaVinci Code. I don’t know and I don’t care. The important thing here is that at some point in our past, we elevated logic to the status of a god – not only A god, but the only way that one can know THE God. Through logic, we have reduced God to a completely knowable and understandable formula – and, in the process, twisted the ontological argument into a “proof” that we know all there is to know about God.
The problem with logic as our primary hermaneutic is that logic is dumb and judgmental. It’s no wonder fundamentalists cling to a judging, damning God – because based on logic, the Flood is one of the few things that makes sense in the Bible. We need to admit that our God is not logical and stop trying to “prove” his illogical actions are in actuality logical if you have the RIGHT logic, or the RIGHT information.
To approach the God of thr Bible and experience is to abandon logic (and the arrogane and pride of logical reasoning). Jesus didn’t love the tax collectors because it was the logical thing to do it – he did it because they needed and they found completion and redemption. Jesus did not die on the cross because the trinity ran all the numbers through the computer and it was the only thing that made sense. He did it because it was part of a plan to reconcile creatures that hadn’t yet been created.
Because my vocabulary sucks, I call this “beauty”. It was the beautiful thing to do, the thing that completed completion and filled out wholeness. The thing that at the end makes you gasp with an “ahhhhhh”, not an “ohhhhh”. The only thing that really “makes sense” because it confounds and destroys “making sense.”
If God is about logic, then we don’t need Him anymore – we can figure him out with the mathematical formula we confuse for purpose and explanation. If God is about beauty, then we need him – to complete the painting and fill in the gaps in our lives that cry out for beauty and completion and wholeness.
PS: the damn blogger spell check doesn’t work on my mac, so back off – correct spelling is a tool of the devil, just like logic and creeds.