“Muddle Knowledge” ~ A Haiku on Molinism

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This composition is dedicated to the Christian philosopher, Paul Helm. Of all the authors I’ve read in 2017,  he has had the most profound impact on my doctrinal views.  Paul Helm is a brilliant British philosopher and theologian of the Calvinist persuasion, and on deeper issues of  Christian doctrine, his writings have aided my understanding. On an especially esoteric theory called Molinism (Middle Knowledge), his writings have been extremely helpful.

 

Muddle Knowledge

liberty of indifference

decadent Jesuit

dealing God a good hand

by Scarlett Clay, 2017

 

References:

Title and line 1:  Play on the phrase “middle knowledge”, which is often used as a synonym for Molinism, taken from Helm’s article here. First phrase- Paul Helm calls the ‘liberty of indifference” a rationale upon which Molinism depends. You can read it in context at Helm’s Deep.

Line 2: Blaise Pascal, Pensees. Penguin, 1966.  This phrase is used in #964 on page 340.

Line 3: W.L. Craig explains how Molinism views God as being dealt a hand of cards here.

 

 

 

 

A Peek Into Narnia

 

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One of the things we love about the Narnia series is the magical wardrobe. Throughout the stories, Lewis is asking us to consider that reality includes more than what we see in our daily lives. The conversation the Pevensie children have with the Professor is revealing. Their younger sister, Lucy, insists that she has discovered another world and her siblings find it hard to believe…

How do you know your sister’s story is not true?” the Professor asks them.

“Why don’t they teach logic at these schools? There are only three possibilities. Either your sister is telling lies, or she is mad, or she is telling the truth. You know she doesn’t tell lies, and it is obvious that she is not mad. For the moment then, and unless any further evidence turns up, we must assume that she is telling the truth.”

Of course, Lewis used this same logical reasoning to argue for the truth of Christianity in many of his literary works.  He hadn’t found any evidence to suggest that the person called Jesus of Nazareth was a liar or a lunatic. At the age of 32, he became convinced that Jesus’ claims about this life and the next were true and became “the most reluctant convert it all of England”. If you’re interested, you can read more about his life here.

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I found this used jewelry box at Good Will for $3. It reminded me of a wardrobe, so I set out to create a peek into Narnia!

The background was painted with acrylics mixed with gel medium for better blending.IMG_6683

 

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I painted the trees with artificial snow from Hobby Lobby. This scene needs to look wintery!

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Next, I flocked miniature pine trees using a spray adhesive (sprayed outside) and then rolling them in artificial snow to coat.

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Glued the trees in with the hot glue gun and cut two small hills out of styrofoam so the ground wasn’t so flat.

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These tiny .05 mm acrylic stones added frosty sparkle!

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A map of Narnia was printed from my computer and trimmed to fit inside the door frames.


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And these wood cutouts added a whimsical look to the corners.

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Using brad rings and two snowflake charms, I created handles for the doors.
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Covered the bottom of the scene with an artificial blanket of snow and then glued more powdered snow over it. On the inside of the doors I adhered photos of fur coats, covered with translucent vellum.

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Found a Victorian style lamp post on Amazon!

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The lovely music accompanying this post is “The Wardrobe” by Harry Gregson-Williams.

Thanks for stopping by to look inside the wardrobe! Have a blessed week ~Scarlett

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Why are Humans the Only Artists on Earth? Part 2

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have the chance to view my latest video where we look at the question “Why Are Humans the Only Artists on Earth?” in more depth.

GreenCraft magazine has graciously asked to publish one of my recycled art projects in their May issue, so I will be posting more about that soon! I also have an article being included in a German publication for the first time this summer, so I’ll post more about that as it gets closer, as well.

Have a blessed Sunday!

~Scarlett