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Abstract-Art-Painting-Paul-Bennett-Resurrection“But there is another future, another thought of the future, a relation to another future, which is the future that is unforeseeable, that will take us by surprise, that will come like a thief in the night (1 Thess. 5:2) and shatter the comfortable horizons of expectation that surround the present. Let us call this the ‘absolute future.’

When it comes to the relative future, the future present, we have ‘reasonable expectations’ ‘cautious optimism,’ ‘bulls and bears,’ but as regards the absolute future we must be like the lilies of the field who sow not, nor do they reap, but who are willing to go with what God provides, which also means that they are ready for anything. For the relative future we need a good mind, a decent computer, and a horse sense, those three; for the absolute future, we need hope, faith, and love, these three.

… The absolute future is not much help in planning an investment strategy, where the idea is to guess the trends; nonetheless, as every fund manager eventually finds out, it belongs irreducibly to the structure of life in time. This is the sphere of the impossible, of something who possibility we just cannot conceive. But of course the impossible happens…”

– John Caputo, On Religion

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