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John Donne does not proceed by means of argument, but by poetry, broken lines talking back with a sacramental turn. To the extent that he succeeds, the divine is fully present in the broken body of the poem; and that points to the ubiquity of god that underlies apokatastasis in Origen as in the Cambridge Platonists. It points to the “preestablished harmony” for which Leibniz is most often known and even more often misunderstood, and it points to the connection between justification and sanctification in some contemporary readings of Lutheran theology. What all mean by god is what we encounter in the wholly other – every other. By way of example, a collection of eight sonnets and nine images, broken lines talking back to Donne’s holy sonnets...
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Steven Schroeder is a poet and visual artist who spent many years moonlighting as a philosophy professor—most often in interdisciplinary settings, most recently at the University of Chicago Graham School. He studied at the University of Chicago (where he received a Ph.D. in Ethics and Society) and Valparaiso University (where he received a B.A. in Psychology). More at http://stevenschroeder.org

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