In the many philosophy classes that I had to take at a Jesuit university that I attended, Aristotle/Thomas Aquinas did not bring me to place of intellectual faith in God. Doubt would invariably resurface. Later, when I redefined faith as unconditional trust in God, Christianity became alive and practical for me. The intellectual tradition failed me. My Catholic teachers did not offer me any more than the intellectual even though there is more than only the intellectual in Catholic doctrine.

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I think that there is a lot more about God (YHWH) vs. God in the Bible than we realize.

The things that seem random may be taking place on this level. For example, the plagues in Egypt: I have never, in prayer, reading, or study, been able to find any rhyme or reason to them. Our church talked about them this summer, and said that each of the plagues showed YHWH's control and superiority over an Egyptian deity. Aha.

Just today, I read a Substack about "Trump as Trickster" (https://williamhunterduncan.substack.com/p/trickster-trumps). "Wait a minute," I said to myself. Today's gospel was a classic Trickster God story. Really, most of the Gospel of Luke is a Trickster God story. It is all about Him taking on the authorities, beating them at their own game, and walking through them when they are ready to throw Him off a cliff. And then He lets the authorities capture him, try Him, and kill Him; then he rises from the dead to set the people free.

Except, usually the Trickster God does not win (at least in the Native American tellings).

And what about the three other gospels? No one has ever given me a good explanation about why they are the way that they are. Well, they seem like three more archetypal god stories.

John = Jesus as the Creator God

Matthew = Jesus as the fulfiller of prophecy and reinterpreter of the Law

Mark = Jesus as the God who walked the earth as a man (his follower Peter's stories about life with Jesus)


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You referenced the Aquinas Institute. Is this the same as the Thomistic Institute. They have a number of podcasts on YouTube.

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