14 October 2006

That They May Hear and Not Understand

Filed under: Ktismata — ktismatics @ 10:42 am


“Listen! Behold, the sower went out to sow.” (Mark 4:3)

Contextualizing the message, speaking the postmodern argot, meeting people where they’re at. Jesus used his imagination and his creativity in preaching the Kingdom. He spoke in short narratives, using homely illustrations that even the simplest farmer could understand, so his message would come through loud and clear.

Well, not quite.

“And he was saying to them, ‘To you has been given the mystery of the kingdom of God; but those who are outside get everything in parables, in order that while seeing, they may see and not perceive; and while hearing, they may hear and not understand; lest they return again and be forgiven.’” (Mark 4:11-12)



  1. A hiddenness/un-hiddenness dichotomy…


    Comment by Jonathan Erdman — 17 October 2006 @ 5:03 pm

  2. Paradox: revelation in which the speaker’s stated conscious intent is to conceal the truth.


    Comment by ktismatics — 17 October 2006 @ 5:45 pm

  3. Revelation cannot exist without non-revelation: two dichotomous terms traditionally defined in philosophy as opposites or contradictions (“A and “non-A”) standing, not only in opposition to one another, but in mutual need, one feeding off of the other.


    Comment by Jonathan Erdman — 18 October 2006 @ 3:21 pm

  4. This is the creational praxis of Genesis 1 as I understand it: to create light is to stretch the light/dark axis of meaning across the universe. There’s something so unidimensional not just about evangelicalism but about American culture in general. As if increasing certainty would reduce your total level of uncertainty, instead of letting you realize how much you still weren’t sure of. As if narratives would clear up all the ambiguities of propositions.


    Comment by ktismatics — 18 October 2006 @ 4:44 pm

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