A tale of two pictures
These two pictures (from the Powerpoint slides for the class) show the contrast between the mythos of the modern Immanent Frame and that of the Christian view of Reality. The pictures describe two quite different “tastes in universes” described by C. S. Lewis on the previous page. Of course, there is only one Universe (speculations about a “multiverse” are irrelevant, since such a thing would just be the one thing there is), and we are answerable to what truly is. If one inhabits one of these pictures, it is hard to see the other as plausible, since they make entirely different truth claims which exclude the other view.
Only the Christian view (which we share in many aspects with other theists) offers a basis for real and meaningful hope for individuals and society. It can only commend itself through love and its rational power to make sense of all things. It is infused with real beauty, truth, and goodness. The entirely immanent world of modernity is imminently nonsensical in the end, failing to account even for its own being.
Both pictures are consistent with a cosmos with a developmental order (that is, an evolutionary one) spanning a long time. Neither Augustine or Thomas Aquinas would differ on this, although both would differ strongly with the grounding metaphysics of the modern immanent mythos.
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