Sunday, August 28, 2011

Infinity and God

The Dish continues it's examination of infinity with Mark Goldblatt observation about Nicholas of Cusa's geometric metaphor of adding sides to a square inside a circle until they match:
The act of adding sides to a plane figure brings you closer to both an infinite number of sides and to zero sides. Infinity, therefore, is the unachievable, inconceivable moment at which contradictory extremes are unified. The moment at which the greatest number and the least number become one and the same. That’s also, according to Cusa, how the finite human mind glimpses, but does not grasp, the infinite nature of God. Rational thought and language fail at infinity because contradictories become identities.
In my mind, the biggest problem with all conversations about God or the divine is the lack of terms you have for the discussion.

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