Ability to know
The animal recognizes sensory mass impressions. Man, he has a reason, thus penetrating to the core of reality.
Not only does he see, he hears, but he can say, “This is …” European philosophy firmly believes that man can know reality and that everything that exists is recognizable by reason. (It’s intelligent). God is the supreme reality, the first, in a sense, the only word. So can it be known by reason? The answer to scholastic philosophy is quite simple: the infinite God can be fully known and fully understood by reason, but by endless cause, i. j. God knows himself themselves. The human mind, which is partial, knows God only partially. We can prove that it exists; we can make a kind of picture of its perfection analogously, according to created things. The problem of intellectual knowledge and faith is being talked about most in the so-called apologetic, which used to be an introductory part theology. Spiritual writers encounter the issue of mental experience in two sections. When they warn before the whims of rationalism (cf. p. 27) and when they speak of meditation, knowing God in everything. It is said, and there is a bit of truth in it that is asceticism deals hard with the negative side of reason and thus awakens the impression that the most important thing was not to abuse him. Praises as we read in Following Christ, “a more humble prostitute than a proud sage.” This one-sidedness will explain
Also, by the fact that the scholastic system of education was philosophical-theological when much mental power was devoted to the culture of reason. No wonder, then, those who spoke of perfection
in Christ, pointed to the danger of excessive mental tension and that they also defended the greatness of those who could not study.
Today the situation is a little different. There is instead the danger of sentimentalism, crowd psychosis, film illusions, etc. It is good to emphasize one’s duty to exercise common sense, calm balance, and objective consideration for and against. People know a lot of today, but if it does not follow that much and think correctly. Teofán Zatvornik writes sharply against wild swarms who pretend to be idealists and sometimes even piously “captivated”: «Life according to God’s will an intelligent life … The light of truth and purity holiness, integrity are two aspects of the inner spiritual transformation of my self. To understand the commandment, all Christian truths must be known. Everyone can think. So let them use these abilities for things
seriously, to know the facts. » The goal of thinking is, however, come to know God. And eternal life is in it, they have known you, the only true God, and the one you are sent, Jesus Christ (John 17: 3). However, spiritual authors say a lot about this knowledge more and deeper. Greek writers generally call it«Physical theory,» a meditation on nature-. The meaning of the visible world. The beginning of human knowledge and wisdom is the observation of the world, nature. The first writings of ancient philosophers have the title «About Nature.» However, these were not romantic explanations of beautiful bays, mountains, skies. It wasn’t even ,,natural”.
The Light of Reason and God’s Enlightenment the letter »in the modern sense. The main point was that to capture the principle that unites everything, that it supplies unity, which makes so many diverse unequal ones natural phenomena and things one organized world, the universe, cosmos. However, philosophical schools were not in agreement to seek this uniform principle. To the old materialist
Water was enough for Thales of Millets: everything came from that,
it circulates in plants and animals, into the water again everything will return. Aristotle, on the other hand, has everything that is material,
the principle of decay, death, disunity. It is necessary to search in
spiritual things, not just the visible surface. Spiritual then is a concept, definition, idea. We are looking at nature to understand the idea that is here the government.
Christians have had a similar attitude towards nature from the beginning. What else does Christ want to say when he points to the lilies of the field, to the birds (cf. Mt 6:28)? They have to remind them
something much higher than their visible beauty; they mean to provide an opportunity to reflect, to reflect on Heavenly Father.
For St. Basil is the whole visible world word spoken in creation. It is up to us to understand its meaning, the meaning that the Creator gave him when he spoke and said, Become. God made all the nature”A school for souls”, for those who seek the wisdom of God, hidden in everything, even in the smallest things, in work six days, that is, in the whole creation of the world. Greek word tells logos. Nemesis uses a cute word toy: “Nothing is illogical (a login).” Everything we see and hear has something to say to us.
So now, it is about understanding the meaning correctly, everything that surrounds us. In the speech, they do not understand those who are they listen to the outside sound and don’t care who speaks and are not interested in what he says. The incomprehension of the language of nature is called sin. It’s the use of things of this world no matter what God intends for them. The Christian should strive for a real understanding of the world, plants, animals, things, man and his history, all that what is visible and what surrounds us. The Greek Fathers gave a unique name for this effort: physical theory, meditation nature. He who has trained in it knows what everything
which he meets, for him, means salvation.

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