On Theology

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Theology focuses on the divine, which is inseparable from morality. It deals with the source and definition of the phrase “ought to be”, which is an aspect of Change. Some say it is defined by anthropomorphic gods and their commandments, while others describe it as something more abstract. There’s no real shortage of theological claims and views.

What our account has so far revealed is that Change is a limited and subordinate matter. The topics discussed prior to Change had no need for morality; until we posited Change, there was simply no meaningful role for the "moral dimension". Saying something along the lines of "Being is good, Distinction is evil" would lack any basis in reason and be essentially meaningless.

Morality involves a particular set of chronological relationships and dispositions. By examining the directions of Change and how things are orientated to certain goals, we can come to understand "what ought to be". Thanks to our personal experience within Change and sense of will, we are innately aware of a certain principle. We may term it the Way, or the Dao, or some other such term; it represents that Change is full of directions, that they may be fulfilled or frustrated, and that the highest expression of morality is harmony.

The Way accounts for both the pure and relentless flow of natural laws or shape, and the deliberative, branching paths of an organism driven by its nature and excellences. The Way provides an objective foundation for all moral language; we can speak about good and evil by reference to directions.

Every temporal thing is subject to the nature of chronology. Our awareness is pushed and pulled in set ways. We are animals, so we deliberate and participate in that struggle. As animals, we have a more limited Way of our own. We don't just deliberate in light of our surroundings, but in light of our internal directions, our nature or excellence. Speaking specifically of humans, we are complex creatures possessed of everything from nutritive urges to intellectual yearnings.

The divine consists of these directions – universal and particular - and uses them to identify what “ought to be”. It therefore must focus on the engines of Change and the possible pathways. This video organises Theology into two general sections, the Greater Morality and the Lesser Morality. The Greater Morality is perceived as determinate laws that weigh down on everything within their region of temporal reality. Within its domain, an agent of the Greater Morality has a hand in all matters, and its will is certain and cannot be frustrated. As members of the Lesser Morality, we must deliberate about our relative position in their world and amongst one another. We hope to do our best to cleave to what is good, promoting a situation where all animals can harmoniously follow their nature.

The best possible world is one where harmony reigns.

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