Wednesday, December 12, 2007
CITM and Logos Spermatikos
Just finished listening to a couple of podcasts from Christ in the Mountains - the third one had a secondary slot with a pop-sounding love song, followed by a brief look at St Justin Martyr's concept of the 'logos spermatikos' - literally, seed of the word' - the upshot of the concept being that the whole world had been prepared for Christ. The Hebrews most obviously, of course, but in St Justin's experience (being a philosopher himself) he also saw the Greek philosophers as pointing to Christ (St Paul's sermon in Acts on the Unknown God comes to mind). Fr Andrew S. Damick continues that we should be able to see the seed of the word - i.e., Christ - in everything. A love song can remind us of the Prodigal Son, for instance.
We don't have to listen to Christian music to hear God: because He created the world, this influences us; because He created the people around us, they will influence us towards Him (willingly or otherwise); because God created us, created our yearning for something greater than ourselves, we can see this yearning - or other aspects of God - in popular culture, poetry, even modern pop songs. I know, gasp and shock that we may find God in those songs (particularly with what some of them are saying), but they are driven by needs and wants that, while perhaps expressed badly or used wrongly, are still God-given.