There will be no answers from this church. There will be better questions. The Theology section of the website will feature writing that seeks to unpack the somewhat terse assertions of the Credo.
Questions will be refined by referring back to the two poles: the two central conceits that need, and defy, explanation. Here, we need better questions.
The two poles are these: Experience and Measurement.
Not the experience of the past, but the experience of the now. The confluence of Now, Here, and, some would claim, I. The twin terms “Now” and “Here” are necessary to jointly point to a single point. Many have tried to flesh out that point, as if it had extent, dimension, content, and were personal. This version of “I”, located as it is in time, is considered indeterminate by the Church, but our language seems to strongly suggest the contrary. Hence, it will be necessary to flesh out the first half of the Central Pharasaic Conceit: Of experience we cannot speak.
Measurement has to do with agreement, consensus and coordination. What qualifies as a measurement? Does that depend upon our stance with respect to Experience? The rejection of a determinate form or content to any domain of personal experience changes the way we approach the business of measurement. The second half of the Central Pharasiac Conceit is then: Measurement will be negotiated.
It is by returning to these poles, that we will develop questions. There will be no finality to any answers. An agreement worth having might be founded upon the acknowledgement of these two concerns as being worthy of consideration.
The Central Pharisaic Conceit
Of experience, we cannot speak.
Measurement will be negotiated.
With that on board, we can pose questions about our selves, our nature, the status of our knowledge, the relationship between our shared knowledge and our ethical behavior, and far more. All the while, the referent of that term “our” will be fluid and approached in a consensus based fashion.
The texts here are meant to provide an opportunity for discussion. The overly-interested can contact the Pharisee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Why a Church?
- The myth of Perception-Cognition-Action
- Motivating the P-world (pdf)
- Drowning the Subject
- The Gateless Gate (Work in progress)