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October 27, 2004



I'm reading a translation of St. John of the Cross's Dark Night of the Soul. In this new translation she took out El Diablo and made "fragmented self" the replacement. I dunno. I gotta tell ya, when I insert The Devil in place of her "fragmented self" it feels better for me. I'd like to hear people's scriptural analysis on this not what somebody just "thinks" is better.

Personally, I've felt a sense of evil, outward, before. It didn't feel like me. That being said, however, I know a lot of my inner struggles could be blamed on Satan, thereby taking the burden off of me, but that doesn't feel right either.

Confused as usual.


I think people have reasons for and against. I just know that I was kind of going along thinking, "What difference does it make?" Well, not exactly that, but I was just not worrying about it. But lately I've been thinking that it really does matter.

I guess even though I'm really into a lot of the mentality behind "emergent" thinking, it seems like some of it (I'm thinking particularly of McLaren's writings) goes a bit too far.

I think what a lot of people like about "A Generous Orthodoxy," for example, is that McLaren seriously addresses a lot of questions people have...questions that are given pat answers by the evangelical establishment. I guess all of that is good, but when it comes to some things I want to make sure I continue to stand (generously) for what I believe to be important, orthodox truths.

Anyway, I was hoping to hear from some others on this. Thanks for your response. Guess I'll have to get some more feedback some other time.

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