On Theology

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Theology focuses on the divine, which is inseparable from morality. It deals with the source(s) 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, therefore Theology must also take a place within the greater context of Order. Nothing described prior to Change had any particular moral character; until we posited Change, there was simply no room for a "moral dimension". Saying something along the lines of "Being is good, Distinction is evil" would be baseless and pointless; it would lack necessity and add nothing of consequence to a static model.

As explained, we must strictly honour Eleatic Being when we speak of Change. There can be no ontological creation or destruction, so to say that “one object changed into something else” is not to claim that the old state of the object is somehow ontologically destroyed. Rather, we are taking a series of permanent instances, or a region of the flow of time, and acknowledging the chronological relationships. Theology deals with how and why the parts experience or otherwise relate to each other in the realm of Change; it is here that we find the meaning of "what ought to be".

Our experience of Change reveals a new principle, the Way. Some may also call it Dao, using the term in a moral rather than ontological sense. At any rate, it refers to the directions involved in Change; it may be used to describe the determinate and relentless flow of the natural laws or shape, or a specific organism’s deliberative, branching movement as defined 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 theological directions.

Due to our presence within the realm of Change, our awareness is pushed and pulled in set ways. We are alive, so we ourselves deliberate and engage in that struggle. That is to say, every temporal thing appears to be subject to the irresistible law or shape of chronology, and those that are alive also have a Way of their own - they may be said to deliberate and act in accordance with their nature or excellences. Speaking specifically of humans, we are complex creatures possessed of everything from nutritive urges to intellectual yearnings.

Theology considers 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 universal, determinate laws that inexorably weigh down on temporal reality. In the fullness of time, the Greater Morality is present in everything that is possible and has no loyalty to lesser moral agents. Regardless, as members of the Lesser Morality we can still deliberate about our relative position, and do our best to cleave to what is good and maintain harmony.

It is that harmony that constitutes the supreme good.

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