(quote) Roystan-340472 said: Isn't theology analysis and isn't analysis a way in which a created thinking being honours its creator? Isn't God in the details and isn't wondering about the details a way of wondering about God?
Your observation coincides with a couple other posts, who likely will not know even that I am trying to dialogue with them...
Analysis is the breaking down a whole into its component parts even to the most microscopic details. It is a fruitful approach for understanding any being, including God. Generally it is used by scientists. Our technologically driven society reinforces this mode of knowing. But, to a ridiculously lopsided degree. Analysis can "dissect to kill" and in decision-making cause a "paralysis of analysis" in the face of so much detail and decisions. I can only imagine that all the beautiful faces on CM only exacerbates the endless Hamlet side of analytically inclined persons.
Fortunately, there is the mode of knowing "in the heart" that connects the dots and assembles them back into a whole picture. I prefer to say "composes" them. Others might use the antonym of analysis, ie. synthesis. Some might call it "intuition". It is so immediate and inspiring that one hardly knows it is operating. Artists who compose music, poems, dances, paintings, etc. rely on it a great deal.
We need both. It is both/and.
This is the important part. God is also not just in the "details" and His existence and attributes knowable through "analysis". I have equal facility in both modes. The mode I see least exercised in most people is "intellectus", not intelligence, but the intuitive glance of the mind's or heart's eye that is shared by great poets, philosophers, children, mothers, fathers and lovers. And, theologians. The look of pure wonder. Of Miranda. It is hard not to have this "existential affinity with being and Being" in beautiful places like Australia and Sedona. Or, if someone is immersed within a beautiful liturgy or cathedral. If it were not for the likes of Joseph Pieper, Leisure: The Basis of Culture
, Hans Ur Von Balthasar, Pope Benedict XVI, and, recently, Fr. Robert Barron I would have gone stark raving mad! The non-Catholic artists in my town, and I think society in general, are so far ahead of the Catholics in the pursuit of Beauty that one has to either settle for really boring legalistic, moralistic, bureaucratic (read: analysis run amok) Catholics or be considered some kind of aesthete.
The mode of knowing that marries analysis and synthesis, small detail and global picture, univocal and equivocal thinking is "analogical". It is a huge key, if not the key to thinking Both/And, sacramentally, like a Catholic. United to Faith, Hope and Love...it is the master key to "mystagogy"...a place where all Baptized, Confirmed, and "Eucharistized" Catholics should be... inner understanding of the Sacred Mysteries of our Faith. A vision that allows them to see Jesus broken in the Eucharist, the Mystical Body of Christ, others, including themselves.