This sketch depicts the problem with traditional Western imagination regarding the God/human relationship. It is based upon Platonic dualism and Aristotelian ideas of actualization. God is perfect and the gap between God’s perfect agency and humanity’s imperfect (fallen) patiency needs to be mended. The gap is closed through the atonement, thus providing the means of grace. Various spiritualities emphasized whose agency is responsible for the ascent of the human subject (I) up the ladder to increasing levels of actualization. This is an individualistic endeavor with an end goal of total abandonment of physical place.
This shows a more polycentric, trinitarian, non-linear portrayal of spiritual formation. The triune God creates all things out of God’s essence (relational ontology) and continually draws all things into deeper love-of-the-other. The incarnation is necessary in order to ground God’s love in the necessity of particularity for the demonstration of complete other-oriented love. The Spirit indwells all things and draws all things to deeper knowing of the incarnation and the source, and is the power that allows each “Me” to lovingly participate and be formed in the “we.”
This is a really rough sketch in which I’m trying to place four different matrixes to see if there is any correlation. I’m not sure if this will go anywhere.