Sunday, December 9, 2012

Edgar Allan Poe and Natural Law



“That Nature and its God are two, no man who thinks, will deny.  That the latter, created the former, can, at will, control or modify it, is also unquestionable. I say “at will;” for the question is of will, and not, as the insanity of logic has assumed, of power. It is not that the Deity cannot modify his laws, but that we insult him in imagining a possible necessity for modification. In their origin these laws were fashioned to embrace all contingencies which could lie in the Future. With God all is Now” - Edgar Allan Poe - (The Mystery of Marie Roget)   




What Poe does not suppose is the fact of the fallen state of nature, compromised as it is to death, which awaits the “revelation of the sons of God (plural).  At this point in time, when supposed “miracles” occur, men wonder at these, when in fact it is simply the operation of natural law in its unhampered, uncompromised state, that is, the life engendering true natural law. 

Rom 8:19  For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. 
Rom 8:20  For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, 
Rom 8:21  Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 
Rom 8:22  For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. 
Rom 8:23  And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

What does this mean, the recapitulation of all things into Christ? A friend shared this:

"At Mass today, Father said Noah, Moses, Abraham & King David ware Catholics, like Mary. 'Before we defend the Faith, let's take a look at what Faith is.' Good stuff. More 'Big Picture' stuff."

His priest was right, but not in anyway someone without a "big picture grasp of salvation could understand."  I answered:

"If Catholic is viewed as the Anakephalaio (ultimate headship) of Christ, the recapitulation or summing up of all things under one head, and not political vaticanism, then your priest was correct. Few grasp the meaning of Catholic past the hierarchical form of Romanism. But he is right in the grand picture. The damage done by Adam's rebellion is much more profound to the entire creation than people realize, where instead of "evolution" is "devolution" and now in this wonderful era of the reign of Jesus Christ, all real things are being saved - renewed - not over a sea of evil, not despite a sea of evil, but actually through a sea of evil, by what some have called the Startling Coalescing of Contrarieties in Jesus Christ. In this great work nothing is left to waste, the Holy Spirit in Wisdom unseen is synergistically weaving every action, even the most desperate actions of the most evil people for the good of the whole. As one of the Holy Fathers rightly said, "Even Hell is salvitic, but it would take a fool to choose it."

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