On the Filioque: The Son as Origin or Place of Repose?

Feast of St Erasmos of Ochrid & His Companion Martyrs

Baptism_Christ_Square_3.jpegFR. DUMITRU Staniloae’s 1981 essay for the World Council of Churches is just as dense and tangled as its title: “The Procession of the Holy Spirit from the Father and His Relation to the Son, as the Basis of Our Deification and Adoption.” Nevertheless, it rewards the relentless bushwhacker. The essay is one of a handful of WCC papers collected... Continue Reading

Abba Anthony, Give Us a Word

Feast of the Ascension

Paul-and-Timothy-icon_zps240b47d4.jpgTHERE WAS a time in my life when I did not think favorably of the desert fathers. They seemed to do little more than promote a “way out” of the world, fleeing the controversial new establishment of Constantine’s Christendom. Such a response could only have come from pride or fear, neither of which were anything like Christ. Did they forget how and when God chose to... Continue Reading

The Mystic Dimension of Marvel Movies, Part III of III: A Reflection on Christian Cosmology and Cosmography

Feast of St Julian the Martyr

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Marvel_Square_3.jpegIN THE FACE of such a broad cosmos, full of so many different kinds of beings with any number of attitudes towards us, all of them dangerous in their own right, one indeed desires to ask with the Psalmist, “what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man... Continue Reading

The Mystic Dimension of Marvel Movies, Part II of III: A Reflection on Christian Cosmology and Cosmography

Feast of St Germanus, Archbishop of Constantinople

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Marvel_Square_2.jpegTHE CONTEMPORARY failure of many Christian traditions to engage in theological cosmology—possibly in large part due to the significant advances in scientific knowledge of the universe, which has presented challenges, though not necessary ultimatums, for faithful readers of Scripture who seek to embrace its worldview—has led to some misfortunes in on-the-ground cosmologies. We no longer make... Continue Reading

The Mystic Dimension of Marvel Movies, Part I of III: A Reflection on Christian Cosmology and Cosmography

Feast of St Pelagia the Nun-martyr of Tarsus

Marvel_Square.jpegDOCTOR STRANGE is yet another excellent addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe ("MCU"), and allows the MCU to finally incorporate the Mystic dimension of Marvel to its visual comic book world (which also includes the Terrestrial and Cosmic dimensions of Marvel). The MCU is to be applauded as a superlative adaptation of the Marvel Multiverse—in all of its integrated, overlapping, and simultaneous... Continue Reading

God: The Prodigal Father (Lk. 15:11-32)

Feast of St Hilarion the New

rembrandt_prodigal_son_Square.jpgGOD IS dead, and we have killed him,” cried the Madman in Neitzche’s The Gay Science. The Darwinian century (the 19th) offered a way out from under the nagging worry that there just might be a God, and perhaps, contrary to the devil’s promise to Adam, men might not really be gods after all, technology notwithstanding. Darwin painted a picture of an utterly mechanistic... Continue Reading

St Patrick the Monk: Byzantine Influence on Celtic Monasticism

Feast of St. Patrick

Patrick_square_2.jpegWHEN I pulled out my copy of St. Patrick’s works (Ancient Christian Writers by Paulist Press, available at Eighth Day Books) to begin preparing for this evening’s Feast of St. Patrick, I found an assignment I wrote back in 1998 for Dr. Anthony Gythiel’s class on the Middle Ages. In each class that he taught, he required students to read three books and to write a... Continue Reading

Where Is Our Ezekiel? Pastor & People as Watchmen

Feast of St Procopius the Confessor and St Raphael of Brooklyn

Ezekiel_Square.jpgJUST AS the Q & A began at the close of the seventh annual Eighth Day Institute Symposium, it struck me that not once had Ezekiel’s name been mentioned. An ecumenical gathering of Christians, centered on the theme, Where Are the Watchmen? Theology in the Public Square, and not once does the prophet—explicitly called to be a “watchman” (Ez.... Continue Reading

The God of Abraham, Isaac & Aristotle

Feast of the Martyr Tatiana
A Review of David Bentley Hart's The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss

david_bentley_hart-620x350.jpgMUCH OF my education has been backward. I learned about Plato when my professors dismissed Platonic thought. I learned about literary criticism by deconstructing literature. And I learned about theology through revisionist criticisms of classical theism. And so it has happened that I have backed my way into many of the classical,... Continue Reading

Newman's Great Idea

Feast of St. Gregory of Nyssa

Newman_square_2.jpegIN OCTOBER of 2016, coinciding with the memorial (in England) of Blessed John Henry Newman, I wrote a blog post for the National Catholic Register about how my view of Newman has changed over the years. As I noted,

When I first learned about Newman as a sophomore in college, he was just Cardinal Newman. In many ways, he and his works... Continue Reading