Posted by ganglerisgrove
So Halstead tags me on Facebook today with this:
“Let’s acknowledge that all of us are talking about gods, but we’re talking about them on different levels. That all of our gods are “real” on some level, and not “real” on other levels. And that all of us are poly/theists on some level, and none of us are poly/theists on other levels. And that none of the levels is better or more right than any of the others. Let’s abandon this one-dimensional flatland metaphysics, and embrace a tropical rainforest ontology. Let’s stop talking like there is only one level to reality or that there is any set of defintions can possibly encompass all of those levels at once. There’s room enough in the ecology of the gods for all of our beliefs and ways of honoring them.”
and the link to his latest at patheos.
My response: nope. why? because this is just another sweet bit of rhetoric giving him and anyone else who wants it the right to edge their way into our traditions. It’s relativistic in the extreme. It would circumvent the very foundations of any religious tradition and the ontology –ooh what a big word he slips in there–that he pretends to care about. You know what ontology means, dear readers? It is a branch of metaphysics that explores the nature of being, in this case, Divine being; and ontology, metaphysics…these things are part of theology and all theologies are not actually the same. There is quite a significant division between actually acknowledging that the Gods exist and pissing around while pretending that you do.
Halstead always sounds so incredibly conciliatory and reasonable (well, maybe not always but often) in his rhetoric and I think that distracts people from what is actually being said here. The prettier his rhetoric is, the more reasonable he sounds, the more important it is to look beneath the surface for the viper hiding in the brush.