A Brief (and Christian) Account of All Reality

Prefatory Note: These are reflections of my own as I continue to process this delightful opportunity that I had to interview Jordan Daniel Wood. I’ll be ruminating for a long time to come over many things that Jordan shared, and I very much look forward to reading his book on Maximus Confessor that releases this … Continue reading A Brief (and Christian) Account of All Reality

The Hagia Sophia and Secularism’s Unquestioned Authority

I'm honored to have an essay shared in Issue 6 of Jacob’s Well, the magazine of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey (OCA) published with the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Michael. This issue is focused on the topic of secularism, and my piece is entitled "The Hagia Sophia and Secularism’s Unquestioned Authority: … Continue reading The Hagia Sophia and Secularism’s Unquestioned Authority

God’s Goodness and How We Read the Scriptures

Note on provenance: The main content of this post was compiled from Twitter by Aaron Jordan. He shared it in an online group and gave permission for his work to be re-shared here as well. Aaron is a full-time music educator, a part-time choral conductor, a some-time film composer, and a voracious reader, especially of … Continue reading God’s Goodness and How We Read the Scriptures

God’s Judgment Demands that We Prepare Ourselves to Complete Our Pasts: An Interview with Jordan Daniel Wood

"You're already beginning to change the past by preparing yourself to be the kind of person who will be able to do what you ought to have done when you're given the opportunity to do it again." —Jordan Daniel Wood While working together with Jordan on another project for three days this past week, I … Continue reading God’s Judgment Demands that We Prepare Ourselves to Complete Our Pasts: An Interview with Jordan Daniel Wood

Reading Scott Turner’s Purpose and Desire: What Makes Something “Alive” and Why Modern Darwinism Has Failed to Explain It

Dr. J. Scott Turner grew up in coastal California and studied biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz (graduating in 1976) before earning his Ph.D. in zoology and entomology at Colorado State where he wrote his dissertation on heat exchange and blood flow in reptiles—something that Turner continues to think about in his latest … Continue reading Reading Scott Turner’s Purpose and Desire: What Makes Something “Alive” and Why Modern Darwinism Has Failed to Explain It

Rowan Williams and Peter Bouteneff on Schmemann, Bulgakov and Much More

Peter Bouteneff and Rowan Williams These two authors (one the student of the other) had a remarkable conversation on September 17, 2021 as part of the Luminous: Conversations On Sacred Arts podcast in an episode entitled "Rowan Williams: the Holy Arts and Holy Folly." I have recently posted my own reviews on this blog of … Continue reading Rowan Williams and Peter Bouteneff on Schmemann, Bulgakov and Much More

Praying with Nature in “The Penance of Adam and Eve”

My post about “Why Everyone (and Especially Christians) Should Believe in Fairies” has been opened over 1600 times and climbing. That is a whole lot more than most posts on this little blog. I’ve gotten some critical feedback in a few places where it was shared. However, the pushback has—predictably, I suppose, given my informal … Continue reading Praying with Nature in “The Penance of Adam and Eve”

On Orthodox Panentheism, Part 3: St Gregory Palamas and his Platonic Inheritance

(This is the third and final installment of a paper in progress on "Orthodox panentheism". Part 1 is here, and part 2 is here.) 4. In the previous post, I laid out some of the prima facie evidence that the picture of the God-world relation we find in the Eastern church fathers especially warrants the … Continue reading On Orthodox Panentheism, Part 3: St Gregory Palamas and his Platonic Inheritance

Why Everyone (and Especially Christians) Should Believe in Fairies

[Note: this has been a widely shared post as I've noted here, and I've added a little more in part four of a series where I reposted this content on ClassicalU.com.] As I keep reading and growing older, it seems increasingly obvious to me that we modern people become more and more blind and distracted … Continue reading Why Everyone (and Especially Christians) Should Believe in Fairies