sacrifice

Linked Glossary of Terms
(references to De Wijsbegeerte der Wetsidee, unless indicated. See concordance for correlation with pages in the New Critique. The concordance is in pdf format.)

sacrifice NC I, 58
NC II, 149

For Baader, cosmic time is a ‘suspension of the eternal.’ Time involves a sacrifice, and that is why the Scriptures speak of a Lamb that offers itself since the beginning of time. (Elementarbegriffe 561; Werke 4, 53).

Time always involves the descent of a higher being into a lower and narrower region (Zeit 27, ft. 7). Christ was reduced to the humble state of the germ or root, in order to seed Himself into fallen beings. By this seed, the fallen being is given the possibility to ascend again [Wiederaufsteigung] or of growth [Wachstum]. In this way, the fallen beings are united again within the Center and are lifted up into ‘true time.’ The dispersed powers are united, and the suppressed powers of potential growth are led on high (Zeit, 30).

We must also use time as a sacrifice:

Each being here below has its time, which must end for it. Time is given to man in order to save his soul, if he makes use of it as a sacrifice (Zeit 38).

This sacrifice is in our theory, where we in love enter into the temporal sphere in order to help redeem temporal reality. we are to be mediators for the nonintelligent world just as Christ was a mediator for us. In his kenosis, Christ suspended his own glory and self-sacrifice. Similarly, as helping beings we ourselves must enter into the other beings, and must ourselves become conceivable [Sichsatzlichmachen], to embody ourselves [einverleiben] or to seed ourselves [einsäen] into the beings that are still bound.

Dooyeweerd also speaks in terms of sacrifice, although he does not expressly link it to theory. Veritable religion is absolute self-surrender (NC I, 58). Love is self-surrender (NC II, 149).

See also kenosis and love.

Revised Dec 27/04