As an introvert I rarely see people in print, radio, TV, or the internet make comments that clearly indicate they understand me as an introvert. I suppose that is because very few people in modern media actually are introverts.
Imagine how tickled I was while reading C.S. Lewis' Surprised by Joy and stumbling into this quote:
"...I cannot quite understand why a man should wish to know more people than he can make real friends of."
So to all of my well meaning friends who think I should be more social and "network" more. I am more than happy to be social in groups of less than 10 people and continue networking with CAT5e cables instead of people. Thanks...but I with Lewis on this one. ;)
John Calvin was a theologian in the 1500s. He used a latin phrase that is simple yet profound: Finitum non capax infiniti.
The finite cannot contain the infinite. That seems simple enough. Really at first glance that seems completely obvious...but it got me thinking...and that leads to post rambling. :)
We throw around the word infinite like we use the number four. I have seen four apples, four friends, or four hours at work. That might seem like a good number of apples, not enough friends, and a practical eternity at work, but those are all finite measurable values. Those are real and you cannot convince me otherwise.
Infinity is something I am much less confident in. I have never counted that high, I don't know of any value that high, and if I were a betting man I would say that there is no value in the universe that could ever be accurately described as infinite. Within my worldview, I suspect at the bottom of things the universe is granular and fundamentally finite. It fits with my notions of creation and none of the ideas that I have heard about a universe of infinite time or space is particularly compelling in my opinion.
So if I am correct and the universe is fundamentally finite then it follows that it cannot contain ANYTHING infinite within it. Enter the conversation about God. People always talk about attributes of God being infinite. Well then, starting at Finitum non capax infiniti if we accept that God has ANY attribute that is infinite is quality or quantity then we must accept that God cannot be contained completely within the universe. That means an infinite God may exist in the natural world but must also exist supernaturally (beyond nature or the universe).
Now we have a supernatural God that exists beyond our universe. Here comes the rub. I used infinite to describe God because He cannot be contained within this universe, but I cannot describe His supernatural attributes as infinite because infinite (or any other adjective) are related used to describe the natural world.
It seems to me that if I want to be honest with myself the only thing I can reasonably say (limited to the ideas above) is that God is supernatural and undefinable...or I have just confused myself into a circle. If any aspect of God is "infinite", supernatural, or undefinable then I will have to settle for the fact that within this universe I will never be able to fully understand or appreciate His nature. It is simply something that is literally beyond my natural limitations.
I believe that no matter what worldview we espouse we should understand what we believe any why. I hope to show others that the Christian worldview is not only accurate but true. If not, I hope they will be clear on why they reject it.