Pearls of the Word

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by Jean-Louis Coraboeuf

"But this is the covenant I am going to make with the people of Israel from this time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their mind [dianoia], I will engrave them on their hearts, and I will be their God and they shall be my people" (Hebrews 8:10).

Dianoia (discursive reason) is an overweening worship of rational thinking: "I think therefore I am" (Descartes, Discours sur la Methode 1637). In everyday reality, dianoia has become the religion of all those who refuse to accept God’s thoughts.

Just as paranoia is the overestimation of oneself, dianoia is the pomposity of our thoughts and our opinions. Thought takes precedence over the heart and avoids any reference to it. Only God, through His Holy Spirit can put His thought into ours and write His laws in our hearts; that is what God can do if one asks it of Him.