“Thinking Analogically” Andrew Kern, Plenary A, Thursday, July 19, 2012

With Andrew’s speeches, I stopped taking real notes a long time ago.  I need to listen and “see” the pictures that he draws with his talks.  This one nonetheless so.  But in short and very inadequate ways, the following is what I can reconstruct:

The mind thinks in two ways: Logically (or analytically) and Analogically (or metaphorically, or synthetically).  The modern mind runs toward analysis (which is a form of violence, breaking apart) and when it does willing think mythologically, its myths are usually violent as well (Job 38:7; Prov. 8:27-31).

To think analogically, with pictures, with metaphor, seeking the synthesis, is to pursue peace.  It depends upon being able to A) compare two things as to similarities and differences, and B) finding the harmonious.

The modern penchant for analysis leads to violence and unrest.  Nietzsche taught that all rhetoric is violence, “I want my way.”  Breaking an idea down into parts is usually with the motive of putting it back together for own use, usually by changing the nature of that idea or thing.  Two paths flow out of this fearful state:

A) The Univocal – the “fight” or attack mode (“It is my way only”) – seeks to reduce to the measurable

B) The Equivocal – the “flight” or flee mode (“There is no one way”) – seeks to dissolve all boundaries

The unifying principle of metaphorical thinking is the Logos, the one thing (or for the Christian, the Person) that brings all things into harmony and peace: the Incarnate Word, the Lord Jesus Christ.

We must push back the violence of the modern analytic mind and replace it with a mind accustomed to seeing all things within the metaphor of Christ.

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