"It's just that I know it's real. The Lord is ever present in trouble. And you can know, and be known, and love, and be loved by God. And that's different than thinking about God." Ethicist Adam Eitel on the tasting and seeing of Psalm 34, Thomas Aquinas's interpretation of that psalm, and the foundation of experience for theological reflection.
Bonus episode from our 6-part podcast series on patience.
- "When the Psalmist says "taste and see how sweet," he's urging us toward an experience. He's exhorting us to experience dwelling together with God.
- Psalm 34
- Thomas Aquinas on Psalm 34
- Finding delight in and encouragement from Psalm 34 and the feeling intellect of Thomas Aquinas
- Thomas Aquinas as lumbering saint living between his ears, or tasting and seeing the sweetness of God
- "Living between your ears"
- "It's just that I know it's real. The Lord is ever present in trouble. And you can know, and be known, and love, and be loved by God. And that's different than thinking about God."
- Becoming a theologian can wreck your soul, when faith is merely cerebral.
- Coming soon on For the Life of the World: philosopher Charles Taylor on October 2, 2021.
About Adam Eitel
Adam Eitel is Assistant Professor of Ethics at Yale Divinity School. He focuses his research and teaching on the history of Christian moral thought, contemporary social ethics and criticism, and modern religious thought. Dr. Eitel has roughly a dozen books, chapters, edited volumes, and articles published or in progress. These include an ethical analysis of drone strikes and a theological account of domination. His current book project explores the role of love in the moral theology of Thomas Aquinas. A 2004 Baylor University graduate and a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Fribourg, Dr. Eitel received his M.Div. and Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary, completing the latter in 2015.
- This podcast featured Adam Eitel and Ryan McAnnally-Linz
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- Hosted by Evan Rosa
- Production Assistance by Martin Chan & Nathan Jowers
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