OK, this is embarrassing


I have been using the word ‘immanent’ in the sense of ‘close at hand’. Generally, it’s been in the sense of Paul thinking that the Parousia is ‘immanent’, as in, ‘it will occur shortly’.


The word I should have been using is imminent. That is the proper word for “the Parousia is close at hand. It is imminent.”

I did realize there were two separate words, but I thought I was using the proper one. “Immanent” means something that is

 existing or operating within; inherent.  “the protection of liberties is immanent in constitutional arrangements”

In a religious sense, it means that the supreme deity is part of creation, not separate from it. This how a pantheist would describe the supreme deity. OTOH, Christianity believes in a transcendent God, one that is separate from creation. Joseph Campbell uses this dichotomy to great effect (not ‘affect’!) in his magisterial The Masks Of God series.

My apologies.


About James, brother of Jesus

I have a BA from the University of Toronto in Greek and Roman History. For this, I had to learn classical Greek and Latin. In seminar-style classes, we discussed both the meaning of the text and the language. U of T has a great Classics Dept. One of the professors I took a Senior Seminar with is now at Harvard. I started reading the New Testament as a way to brush up on my Greek, and the process grew into this. I plan to comment on as much of the NT as possible, starting with some of Paul's letters. After that, I'll start in on the Gospels, starting with Mark.

Posted on February 21, 2014, in Special topic, Summary and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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