Tuesday, July 31, 2012

From the Archives: Poetry of Truth Part 122



Moving from a world of myth to a world of Gospel. Conventional culture lasts from the moment of its founding violence until the sacrality of that violence wears off. Everyone knows the enlightenment project is over.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

From the Archives: Poetry of Truth Part 121



The souvenir shop at the Smithsonian after visiting the Moche exhibit was something like going to the Holocaust museum and coming out and seeing Nazi memorabilia.

Friday, July 27, 2012

From the Archives: Poetry of Truth Part 120


Moche sacrificial rites and the ulluchu fruit. The iconographic depictions of their sacrificial rites are considered masterful works of art. Does art have a revelatory responsibility?

Monday, July 23, 2012

From the Archives: Poetry of Truth Part 118




The video above was created from images taken from Moche artifacts and depicts their sacred/sacrificial ritual warfare.


The principal purpose of Moche war making was to obtain sacrificial victims.
The sacrificial system worked – it kept violence at a minimum (at the expense of the victim) and it will take more than a stiff dose of rationalism to replace it…

Saturday, July 21, 2012

From the Archives: Poetry of Truth Part 117



The Moche culture of ancient Peru - a large and thriving civilization at whose center was an altar of blood sacrifice.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

From the Archives: Poetry of Truth Part 116


Notes from an exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC (ca 1995) on the ancient Peruvian culture of the Moche.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

From the Archives: Poetry of Truth Part 115



The forces of myth versus the forces of the Gospel

"You build the tombs of the prophets whom your ancestor's killed..."

Sunday, July 15, 2012

From the Archives: Poetry of Truth Part 114



The inability to ‘see’ the suffering of the Son of Man is the same as the inability to recognize the breaking in of the kingdom. The victim is the Rorschach test.

Friday, July 13, 2012

From the Archives: Poetry of Truth Part 113



Why we do not see the kingdom breaking into our world..."The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation...because the kingdom of God is within you."

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

From the Archives: Poetry of Truth Part 112



Jesus gives clues to the coming of the kingdom..."where the corpse is there the vultures gather".

Monday, July 09, 2012

From the Archives: Poetry of Truth Part 111



The Greek word for truth: alethia - to stop forgetting...comparing the story of Cain and Abel with the Roman myth of Romulus and Remus.

Saturday, July 07, 2012

From the Archives: Poetry of Truth Part 110



This excerpt begins tape 9 of the 12 tape series on the Gospel of Luke: Poetry of Truth. In this part Gil Bailie introduces the section on chapters 16 to 19 of Luke's Gospel where Jesus is questioned about the coming 'kingdom'. The atmosphere of these texts reflect a brooding eschatological horizon. How we respond to the crisis presented in these passages will be decisive.

Thursday, July 05, 2012

From the Archives: Poetry of Truth Part 109



The parable of the Prodigal Son - conclusion: The father does not see things like the sons do - he does not see the substance/property/ousia that is of intense interest to the sons. Exchange without possession - the mystery of person-hood. Christian non-dualism.

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

From the Archives: Poetry of Truth Part 108



The parable of the Prodigal Son continued: moving beyond the modern western idea of the individual. The waning of ontological density. The son has dissipated his substance and lost his filiation - he has nothing left to stand on and so has no way of understanding what has happened to him.

Sunday, July 01, 2012

From the Archives: Poetry of Truth Part 107



The parable of the Prodigal Son continued: Orphan of the paternal gift, the son wants to owe his father nothing. Some notes from Jean Luc Marion's "God Without Being"