Beauty. Truth. Goodness. This issue of SEEN contemplates the transcendent divine. Our diverse contributors look beyond the Webster’s Dictionary understanding of transcend and move deeper into what is meant in the anaphora of the liturgy of St. John Chrysostom when the priest states our reason for giving thanks to God.
“It is proper and just to sing to You, to bless You, to praise You, to thank You, to worship You in every place of Your dominion. For You are God ineffable, inconceivable, invisible, incomprehensible, ever-existing, yet ever the same…”
God transcends all creatures. Not in a physically apart off-limits kind of way, but in a sort of between-across-present-and-beyond way of being–all at once. Our words always fall incredibly short of hte mystery of God because our language uses human modes of expression unable to express Him in His infinite simplicity. We cannot fully grasp what God is, but only what he is not, and how other beings stand in relation to Him.
-Lawan Glasscock, CIVA Executive Director