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742). , p. 734)a contradiction which "understanding" sees so readilya union with the divine is essential to the actualization of spirituality in the human; and this, "speculative" thinking can comprehend. Man becomes actual as a spiritual being only when he overcomes his naturality. This overcoming becomes possible only under the supposition that the human and the divine natures are substantially and consciously (an und für sich) one, and that man, to the extent that he is spirit, possesses the essentiality and substantiality which pertains to the concept of God.
Nor is "religious experience" to be given the rather narrow interpretation which it has, say, in James; for Hegel, thinking is the experience Page 12 of thinking's object or content. Religious experience, then, is the religious mode of thinking (in Vorstellungen) the absolute content which is God. Religion, however, will not be true to itselfor to its contentif it rests content with not knowing that to which it is oriented. It might be argued, of course, that "the faith of a Breton peasant" could well be superior to that of the philosopher; it would be questionable, however, whether it would be good for the philosopher to have that kind of faith.
The Intelligibility of Reality Perhaps, then, the trouble is that Hegel is too optimistic about the intelligibility of reality, even finite reality. Because he simply will not accept an unintelligible realitywhich may very well be a nonphilosophical (or prephilosophical) refusalhe will presuppose that intelligibility and then spell out in detail the necessary conditions for the conceivability of an intelligible reality. That, after all, is where his logic takes him. But it takes him further than that: As he sees it, a condition for the reality of the real is that it be intelligible, susceptible of rational comprehension; and by the same token a condition of the intelligibility of the real is that it be actual, a determinate object of rational comprehension.
Treatise on Divine Predestination by Johannes Scotus Erigena