As I keep reading and growing older, it seems increasingly obvious to me that we modern people become more and more blind and distracted with each passing year. We are troubled by our atomized lives and by the damage that we are doing to our world’s ecosystems. However, like people trapped in a maze of … Continue reading Why Everyone (and Especially Christians) Should Believe in Fairies
(This is the second in a series of posts where I’ll be going through a paper in progress on “Orthodox panentheism.” In this post, I discuss the concept of “panentheism” in general and why I think it’s a concept worth applying to the Orthodox view. Part 1 is here.) 3. As I explained last time, … Continue reading On Orthodox Panentheism, Part 2: Preliminary Evidence and the Primary Problem
(This is the first in a series of posts where I'll be going through a paper in progress on "Orthodox panentheism." In this post, I discuss the concept of "panentheism" in general and why I think it's a concept worth applying to the Orthodox view. Part 2 is here.) 1. “Panentheism”, in its broadest sense, … Continue reading On Orthodox Panentheism, Part 1: Why ‘Panentheism’?
I was going to begin this post with an apology for procrastinating as long as I have in writing it, but, frankly, I’m not sorry, at least not this time. Allow me to explain. On March 31st, Ed Feser published a review of David Bentley Hart’s newest collection of essays—You Are Gods—in Public Discourse. The … Continue reading “God Is Not ‘The Other’ of Anything”: So Why Does Feser Insist Otherwise?
“‘Tradition’ …is the conviction that one has truly heard a call from the realm of the transcendent, but a call that must be heard again before its meaning can be grasped or its summons obeyed; and the labor of interpretation is the diligent practice of waiting attentively in the interval, for fear otherwise of forgetting … Continue reading David Bentley Hart’s Call to Inhabit Our Living Traditions
Today has been the liturgical anniversary of the execution of Mother Maria of Paris in a gas chamber at the Ravensbrück concentration camp on Holy Saturday 1945. Her remarkable theological insights into motherhood as a basic aspect of the divine image in each of us came to mind vividly for me this year during the … Continue reading Motherhood and Sonship as the Image of God in the Theology of Mother Maria of Paris
From a medieval Irish text called The Evernew Tongue (Teanga Bhiothnua): This is what has driven me to youTo explain to you the wondrous taleWhich the Holy Spirit declaredThrough Moses son of AmramOf the creation of heaven and earth…As well as the formation of the worldWhich was made possibleBy Christ’s resurrection from the deadOn this … Continue reading So they saw the resurrection of the world
Ross Allen, a graduate student at the University of Chicago Divinity School, has published a timely and thought-provoking article at The Christian Century entitled "The mystical significance of Jesus’ resurrection." It is full of insights regarding the failures and pitfalls of modern materialism as a context for engaging with any of the early Christian understandings … Continue reading Easter and Materialism
Peter Bouteneff’s How to Be a Sinner took only about four hours to read, and it offered so much gentle clarity on point after point that I could not have put into words for myself. Many of the book’s insights I have learned in the past several years at an intuitive level because I have … Continue reading Learning to Be a Sinner: a Primer Requiring Only a Few Hours
Author note: We are grateful to Seth Hart for sharing this informal response here that he first posted in an online forum out of disappointment with Dr. Edward Feser's recent review of David Bentley Hart’s 2022 You Are Gods: On Nature and Supernature. Seth (no relation to David Hart) is a PhD student at Durham … Continue reading Critique of Feser’s Review of You Are Gods