Classical Art and Geometric Order
The heavenly and earthly worlds were divided by a fault line beneath the moon
Peter Brown : “One thing can be said with certainty about late-antique Mediterranean: while it may not have become markedly more “otherworldly,” it was emphatically “upperworldly.” Its starting point was belief in a fault that ran across the face of the universe. Above the moon the divine quality of the universe was shown in the untarnished stability of the stars. The earth lay beneath the moon, in sentina mundi,—so many dregs at the bottom of a clear glass. Death could mean the crossing of the fault. At death the soul would separate from a body compounded of earthly dregs, and would gain, or regain a place intimately congruent with its true nature in the palpable clear light that hung so tantalizingly close above the earth in the heavy clusters of the Milky Way.” Peter Brown, The Cult of the Saints, p.2.
Swanson PP Lectures that interpret the primary readings and videos:
6 primary readings totaling 35 pages:
Peter Brown, The Cult of the Saints: Its Rise and Function in Latin Christianity (Links to an external site.) Pages 1-13 (Read only through the end of the 1st paragraph at the top of page 13)
Plato, The Allegory of the Cave, The Republic, VII514 a, 2 to 517 a, 7 Translation by Thomas Sheehan 5. pages. This reading is of key importance but difficult to read. As an alternative to reading this essay you may watch the 2 videos on the Allegory of the cave posted below under videos.
The First Creation. Genesis 1 and 2 (Links to an external site.) (about 5 pages) "And God said "Let there be... And it was so: "the speak-out (print-out) creation.
The Re-creation Revelations 21:1-22:4 The New Heaven and the New Earth (Links to an external site.) (about 3 pages). God prints out a new copy.
Sermon on the Wonderful Creation of the Bat. Peak of Eloquence: Sermon 155. (Links to an external site.) 1 page. An Islamic Sermon attributed to Iman Ali son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad. Collected by Sharif Raziz a 10th century scholar. Sermon on the bat reads like early scientific description of a species but was meant to be sung in a mosque in the way this sermon in the same series is sung.
Robert Epstein, The Empty Brain (Links to an external site.) About 6 pages. This interesting essay argues against the idea that the brain is like a computer that contains information. The myth of the blueprint is one of the sources for what he calls the IT metaphor. It holds that the human brain does contain information. In fact it contains the imprint of the law of God and the blueprint of creation.