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Okay, yup, fair call. Predestination is totally part of the faith, and has had huge historical significance.That’s my bad. There are Christians who believe, and a great number who historically believed, that God orchestrated Lucifer’s fall (and I’ve got more to say about those people later). As a liberal Christian, I believe that theory causes some massive issues, because to my mind it implies that God is ultimately the author of evil - but I’d like to edge away from the predestination conversation as much as possible, because that’s going to lead us down all sorts of rabbit holes. That said, you’re entirely right. I got careless with that post, and whacked in my perspective a bit thoughtlessly. I’ll try and make my point with more clarity.
What I attempted to say, in a remarkably poor fashion, was that Lucifer’s fall (and any discussion of God’s orchestration therein) is not a part of modern Christian theology. Rather, it is a part of Christian popular mythology, most famously found in the works of Milton. As soon as we start discussing the philosophical implications of whether or not God engineered Lucifer’s fall, it is important to note that we are no longer discussing Christian theology in the modern sense. Rather, we are discussing popular Christian mythology, which - as you rightfully establish - was indeed synonymous with Christianity four hundred years ago, but today there is a clear distinction drawn between the two by most Christian theologians. That is the heart of my argument: I merely wish to establish that we are not discussing Christian theology when we talk of Lucifer’s fall, unless it is that brand of Christian theology extant four hundred years ago which incorporated Christian popular mythology under its banner.
When we turn to Sandman, then, the question is raised as to whether we are discussing four hundred year old Christian theology or popular Christian mythology, and I find the second option far more likely. Sandman is all about stories - of course it’s discussing the mythology! On those grounds, my subsequent point there is that all of the descriptions and implications found in Sandman are problematic when they’re pasted in a simplistic fashion onto modern Christian theology. Thanks for your comment, anon - I’ve been struggling with that for a while now, but drawing a distinction between Christian theology and Christian popular mythology solves all my problems.
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