Placed In The Here And There, Struggling To See Them Both

Why The 'Dim Vision' of 1 Corinthians 13 Could Just Be A Side-Effect Of Seeing Two Layers Of Human Existence

Placed In The Here And There, Struggling To See Them Both


'When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I felt as a child, I thought as a child. Now that I have become a man, I have put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, even as I was also fully known.’ (1 Corinthians 13:11-12)

I have always treasured these words from Paul's letters to the Corinthians, although probably more so because of his use of the mirror metaphor – the mysterious idea of seeing things dimly at present or as a fragmented reflection of reality – and not so much because of his stress on the process of 'manly' maturation, allegedly required for personal spiritual development…

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