Maximus on the Mystical Knowledge of God in Christ

I have recently been reading St. Maximus the Confessor’s commentary on the Lord’s Prayer, and it, like all of Maximus’ writings, rewards careful (and prayerful) reflection. If you don’t know about Maximus, I’m not talking about this guy (but he was pretty awesome too). Maximus was a seventh century Byzantine monk, theologian, and controversialist. He … Continue reading Maximus on the Mystical Knowledge of God in Christ

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The Pattern of Sound Words: Some Brief Thoughts on the Semantics of Orthodoxy

One of the reasons why I believe the consensual tradition of Christian orthodoxy deserves so much deference is that its theological language has been time-tested. It has been tested in the laboratory of Christian history and Christian experience. It has passed through the crucible of ecclesiastical conflict and has been vindicated by lay Christian consensus … Continue reading The Pattern of Sound Words: Some Brief Thoughts on the Semantics of Orthodoxy

Andrew Fuller on the Incomprehensible Trinity

A helpful reminder from 18th century Baptist pastor and theologian, Andrew Fuller: A subject so great and so much above our comprehension as this is requires to be treated with trembling. Everything that we can think or say, concerning the ever blessed God, requires the greatest modesty, fear, and reverence. Were I to hear two … Continue reading Andrew Fuller on the Incomprehensible Trinity

The Extra Cyrillicum: In the Bosom of the Virgin, Filling All Creation

The doctrine known as the extra Calvinisticum states that the Son of God is not limited to nor circumscribed by his human nature. Even "after" the incarnation, the eternal Son still continues to exist as God, upholding the universe by the Word of his power, along with the Father and the Spirit. The doctrine emerged out the Reformation … Continue reading The Extra Cyrillicum: In the Bosom of the Virgin, Filling All Creation

O Radix

If you don't know about Malcolm Guite's excellent little book of sonnets on the church year, Sounding the Seasons, you should remedy that. Guite is an Anglican poet-priest who has a knack for making the sturdy, permanent truths of the Christian faith as lively and relevant as they really are. Guite opens with an extended … Continue reading O Radix

Incarnation Anyway?

A couple of years ago I read through Edwin Chr. van Driel's important work, Incarnation Anyway: Arguments for Supralapsarian Christology. In it, van Driel explores the question, would God have become incarnate even if there were no sin from which to rescue humanity? Or, to state the question differently, in the eternal plan of God, is God's decree to … Continue reading Incarnation Anyway?

“An Invasion of God”

Everything in Christianity centers on the incarnation of the Son of God, an invasion of God among men and women in time, bringing and working out a salvation not only understandable by them in their own historical and human life and existence, but historically and concretely accessible to them on earth and in time, in … Continue reading “An Invasion of God”

What Kind of Incarnation? Mapping the Contemporary Options

He had not lost His former being, but He had become what He was not before; He had not abdicated His own position, yet He had taken ours. -Hilary of Poitiers, De Trinitate 3.16 Advent is well under way and Christmas is nearly upon us. So Christians around the world are giving special attention to the glorious … Continue reading What Kind of Incarnation? Mapping the Contemporary Options

A Model to Imitate

I'm reading through von Balthasar's seminal work on the theology of Maximus the Confessor. As the translator Brian Daley points out, this is a unique work, "combining historical interpretation with constructive argument" (11). Daley explains that von Balthasar intends "not to be a detached observer of Maximus in his own milieu" but to be both a critic and "an advocate, … Continue reading A Model to Imitate

David Bentley Hart on Analytic Philosophy

Speaking of the analytic philosophical tradition, here's part of David Bentley Hart's take(down): I should probably note here that, in the analytic tradition of Anglo-American philosophy, the issue [of God as Being or Reality] tends to be complicated on the one hand by the methods and conceptual rules generally preferred by analytic thinkers, and on … Continue reading David Bentley Hart on Analytic Philosophy