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Part II, Chapter Two: Revelation, or the Ever-Renewing Birth of the Soul - Movement from the Concealed to the Loving God

T he logical, mathematical language of science and philosophy was adequate for understanding the elements in isolation

that underlie lived life, but they cannot comprehend that life itself. Life as it is experienced is a process, not a thing. Things are only terms of relations; the relations are what exist in the flow of time and space. We learned in Part I from the new philosophical thinking that the elements are three (God, the world, and the human), and we learned from theological speech in the introduction to Part II that these elements are terminal points of three courses - creation (whose origin is God and whose end is the world), revelation (whose origin also is God but whose end is the human), and revelation (whose origin is the human and whose end is the world). We also saw in Part II, Book 1 that the new thinking of meta-philosophy, as well as the new speech of the new theology, can tell us something about creation. But creation is at the very limits of what new theology can see. Beyond its domain are the remaining two courses, and the new thinking can only point us beyond creation to one of them - the course of revelation. So it is to revelation that Rosenzweig's dialectic in the Star moves beyond creation.