As I understand it, researchers have discovered what lies behind that mysterious human experience known as déjà vu. Apparently, a memory wire in the brain simply crosses with the present experience in front of us and we think we have been transported through time. Sometimes, however, déjà vu can simply be the way to describe how one has had similar thoughts as someone else during conversations with others that seem repetitive.
The Old Life Theological Society wonders about a connection I have also wondered about. I have had amicable conversations recently with those who seem to share neo-Calvinist assumptions (or at least use the same language) and want to know how it differs from a two-kingdom outlook. The refrain from the other side of the table is always something like, “We, as believers, are redeeming creation.” One of the things this disposition surely leans on is a generally sunny, New-School-ish assessment of human ability. But I also can’t help but be struck by the idea that we are doing to creation what Jesus is doing to us, namely sanctifying. And it almost is reminiscent of the medieval notion that grace is some sort of stuff that is somehow leaking out of us. In the medieval scheme this was a bad thing, and the Mass was the antidote to fill our “bathtubs of grace.” In the modern scheme, this is a good thing as whatever in creation we touch, so long as we do it well, seems to become something more than what it is.
But if the left-hand kingdom is ruled by law and the right-hand kingdom is ruled by grace, then it does seem to follow that to confuse the kingdoms as the New School does is in some sense to confuse law and gospel. Maybe not in letter, but certainly in spirit.