There’s not actually a post here. Bait/Switch. Now you know why I’m the pseudepigrapher.
If I were to write a post on these topics, the following bullet-points would be my very bare-bones notes. With that said, I’d like to start a discussion, and I’m hoping that interested readers will work with me in the comments. Perhaps after a little combox dialectic has transpired, I’ll be ready to write an actual post.
- The three realms are the sacred, the profane and the mundane.
- The sacred is that which is of God.
- The profane is that which is of the Devil.
- The mundane is that which is of the World.
- The Kingdom of the Right Hand is the Kingdom of the Gospel.
- The Kingdom of the Left Hand is the Kingdom of the Law.
- The “Partridge in a Pear Tree” is Christ on the Cross — threw that in there just for fun/to justify the title of this pseudo-post. Don’t get too hung up on this.
It occurs to me that we might — emphasis on might; I’m not sure yet — be able in some way to relate the above three realms with the tripartite distinction made by Dr. Joel Biermann in A Case for Character: Towards a Lutheran Virtue Ethics.My summary of “The Biermann Trifecta”:
- Three articles of the Creed;
- Three uses of the Law;
- Three kinds of righteousness:
- The Order of Creation (Article 1 of the Creed)
- The Law as Curb
- Merely civil righteousness in the City of Man; coram mundo, “before the world”
- Government, politics, civil society
- The Order of Redemption (Article 2 of the Creed)
- The Law as Mirror
- The passive, imputed righteousness of Christ; coram Deo propter Christum, “before God on account of Christ”
- Justification, the forgiveness of sins received by grace through faith alone
- The Order of Sanctification (Article 3 of the Creed)
- The Law as Guide
- The active, incipient righteousness of holy living; coram hominibus in Christo, “before men in Christ”
- Sanctification, the new obedience, good works, serving our neighbor in our vocations, the fruit of the Spirit
So…thoughts, anybody? I’ll be watching the comments.