Divine determinacy and indeterminacy
1. The divine is a given of which persons are a part. Persons are innovative
participants in the divine, and co-create with the divine their accounts of the
divine. Their enactions of the divine are relative to human creative uniqueness
and to the idiosyncratic context of human embodiment in language, culture,
nature and history. People's enactions are variegated perspectives which shape,
and are co-creatively grounded in, what is universal in the divine, both
determinate and indeterminate.
2. The divine is determinate, in part,
in terms of divine cosmos-making, divine manifestation in all its modes. Persons
participate in intrinsically-featured cosmos-making divine speech and, in
communion with it, translate it and shape it into their own autonomous human
speech. What they say is not true by virtue of its correspondence with objective
divine determinacy. It is true by virtue of its dynamic congruence, its 'intersubjective'
resonant attunement, with the ongoing divine speech in which they co-creatively
participate (with the whole of their being, not only conceptually and verbally).
And this truth can and will include varied human perspectives on divine
determinacy, including new ways of construing it. If you will, all the intrinsic
features of divine manifestation in all its diverse modes are malleable, and
their degree of malleability may vary among the diverse modes (e.g. subtle
realms may be more malleable to enaction than physical realms).
3. Divine determinacy, with its malleability, is one factor that enables
universal dialogue between varied and innovative plural enactions of its
4. The divine is indeterminate with
respect (a) to its intrinsic non-manifest nature, (b) to its potential for
innovation in divine becoming, either in terms of radically modifying or
removing determinate features of divine cosmos-making and states of being, or
(c) in terms of generating entirely new features. Both (b) and (c) can include
human-divine versions, as well as purely divine versions. In other words,
human-divine co-creations can either radically modify determinate features of
divine cosmos-making and states of being, or can generate entirely new features.
The divine is also indeterminate with respect (d) to the varied and innovative
human enactions of divine determinate cosmos-making, mentioned in 2 and 3 above.
And (d) is already on the threshold of (b), since an innovative account, just as
such, of intrinsic features, will to some varying degree (depending on the mode
of manifestation) dynamically reshape them.
5. Divine indeterminacy is an even more basic factor that enables universal
dialogue between a diversity of plural enactions of both divine determinacy and
indeterminacy. It is an inexhaustible generative womb of creative dialogue. It
is the shared ocean of mystery that keeps our ears open to each other.