Higher Ground: A Memoir of Salvation Found and Lost by Carolyn S. Briggs

By Carolyn S. Briggs

A riveting memoir of 1 woman's immersion into fundamentalist religion, and her choice two decades later to go away all of it at the back of. superbly written and powerfully informed, this memoir is an interesting examine the character of religion, and the inspiring tale of 1 woman's fight to discover her position on the planet. initially released as This darkish international, this booklet has been tailored into the screenplay greater flooring, now a movie directed through and starring Vera Farmiga. Carolyn Briggs grew up with modest capacity within the Iowa Heartland. Pregnant at seventeen and married to her musician boyfriend, by way of the age of eighteen she came across herself with little wish for the longer term. till an unforeseen come upon with the Divine. quickly she had immersed herself right into a close-knit and patriarchal New testomony church. yet as Carolyn started to discover that her faith left little room for what she sought after out of life-as a mom, as a spouse, as an intellectually curious woman-cracks began appearing in her all-encompassing feel of religion, and slowly she started to query the faith that had given her desire.

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Without closure there would be no thing. Closure can be understood as the imposition of fixity on openness. The closing of that which is open. It is the conversion of flux into identity, the conversion of possibility into the particular. It is achieved by holding that which is diverse as one and the same. Such a process is not limited to 4 A N O U T L I N E F R A M E WO R K human beings, or even animate beings, but it is at first perhaps easiest to understand the process of closure in the context of our own linguistic and perceptual closures where the closures involved are both new to the individual concerned and relatively unconnected to prior closures.

The problem identified by Putnam regarding the description of the theory of the hierarchy of levels can be seen to be the reappearance of the problem of self-reference which is in practice outlawed within the theory itself. The supposed solutions offered by Russell and Tarski to the problems of self-reference that beset set theory and realist theories of meaning, and which also beset the theory that is the goal of the Great Project, thus provide no solution at all. For, the paradox is only avoided by arbitrarily making it impossible, in which case the problem simply reappears in the theory that has been employed to evade the issue.

A retreat into the past, into the project of turning philosophy into a science whose aim is to uncover the essential character of the world in a definitive if piecemeal fashion, is not a possible manoeuvre. Neither however is it a credible strategy to seek to avoid theory in general, since a theory however occluded and covered up will still be required if the account is to have meaning: even a denial of theory is a theoretical stance, an assertion that seeks to be pure surface is an assertion with depth, and a repudiation of metaphysics is a metaphysical claim.

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