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Friday, December 16, 2005

Natural Creation and Revealed Covenant

From Rav Soloveitchik's Out of the Whirlwind:
[Man's] position in the world, his existence, his worth and destiny, his duties and prerogatives can all be seen in two perspectives - either in light of the event of creation or in relation to the event of the God-man confrontation. Neither experience must be rejected.
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Can a complete harmony be achieved? Certainly not, since the natural and the covenantal belong to different and incommensurate orders! They must engender in man conflict and strife... Yet this schism in the personality is indicative not of a sick soul but of a great one that sees God in both the flames of the rising sun and the fire of the Sinai apocalypse.