Real world, real seeing
“Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw.” Acts 7:55
“In the face of the resurrection it becomes finally impossible to think of our Christian narrative as only ‘our point of view,’ our perspective on a world that really exists in a different, ‘secular’ way. There is no independently available ‘real world’ against which we must test our Christian convictions, because these convictions are the most final, and at the same time the most basic, seeing of what the world is.”
John Milbank, The Word Made Strange (Oxford, 1997), page 250. Italics original.