Sunday Afternoon Jaunts: Spitalfields Markets, The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane Sunday Upmarket
It’s been really lovely going for Sunday market ganders around London E1 between morning and evening services.
Sometimes, through the little rabbit hole adjoining the entrance to Sunday Upmarket, you can follows the signs to the bright airy space hosting the Renegade Craft Fair:
What I love about markets is their diversity of goods and the music, and the energy wrought from the coming together of creatives and people who appreciate them. Similarly, it is the smörgåsbord of ideas about truth and reality that has always rendered philosophy so attractive to me.
A good chat with The Tutor on our way out today helped confirm some of the conclusions I reached last week while re-thinking (Gottfried Wilhelm) Leibniz’s Theodicy and how right Voltaire was to scoff at him in Candide – the poor man really got his knickers in a twist attempting to explain what God hadn’t revealed. While the discussion this rainy evening was first about women and bible college, it quickly devolved into one concerning biblical theology vs systematic theology, synthesis vs Bible as false dichotomy, major and minor topics in the Bible, disagreement about biblical theology as process and systematic theology as product (synthesis as product? but really, relationship with God as aim), summation of the Law as “love God and love neighbour” not being systematic theology but mere summary.
The problem with systematic theology (as distinct from doctrine synthesised from biblical theology) is that it attempts to force the Bible to answer its questions, whereas it is God through his word in the Bible who should dictate the questions. So questions about ontology, for example, are moot. Ah, this explains why I’ve never been convinced by such arguments as might be found in Thomas Acquinas’ Summa Theologiæ.
Now: listening to Vladimir Horowitz work his way through some Chopin to de-buzz.
PS: Brick Lane Sunday Market + Backyard Market: