Supernatural

Nicholas Lash is peeved when God is referred to as “supernatural”. He clarifies the definition in a charming anecdote quoted by Tomáš Halík:

If you come across a rabbit playing Mozart on the violin, you can bet your bottom dollar that the rabbit is acting supernaturally. Rabbits have not got it in them to play the violin. Moreover, things being the way that they are with human sinfulness, if you come across human beings acting with consistent kindness, selflessness, and generosity, the same assumption is in order. (112)

Tomáš Halík’s book Night of the Confessor has been covered also here, where he gently critiques charismatic worship, and here, where he explores the value of Kierkegaard and the “hiddenness of God” in engaging atheists.

Faith is a supernatural gift. And the condition to receive it? (It is troubling to read the hard determinists who warn us that our own willing is not free…) Among the post-Kantian philosophers, Kierkegaard is clear, however: the condition in which we may willfully respond to God’s grace with faith is also supernatural.

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