EO’s Most Popular Postings for 2013

1) God is not Odin

2) What is Orthodox Hell?

3) St Isaac the Syrian: Preaching the Astonishing Love of God

4) Universal Salvation: What Are the Odds?

5) St Isaac the Syrian: The Triumph of the Kingdom Over Gehenna

As I peruse the stats, eschatology is clearly the topic that generates the most interest. I know that I very much enjoyed writing the series on St Isaac the Syrian. Reading Isaac is a blessing.

The majority of my posts in 2013 were devoted to the Church Fathers, specifically St Gregory the Theologian, St Athanasius of Alexandria, and St Basil of Caesarea. The most popular of my patristic articles was St Gregory Nazianzen as Confessional Theologian.

For some reason my series on St Gregory Nazianzen’s Oration 40 generated the least attention.

I had great fun with the Most Interesting Theologians meme. I still have a couple of theologians yet to do. Any suggestions?

I wonder what I shall blog on in 2014. I’m presently reading some homilies of St Basil on the Trinity. Expect to see a articles on these after the New Year. I also want to write something on synergism, providence, and predestination. And I hope to tackle the writings of St Gregory of Nyssa, particularly his Contra Eunomium and Ad Ablabium.

I was asked to write something on the Theotokos. I’ve been thinking about it, but it’s a more difficult subject than one might suppose. One needs, I think, to know the Eastern liturgy and hymnody inside and out, which unfortunately I do not.

If you are wondering why I rarely address spiritual topics, the answer is easy: I’m pretty much an ascetical failure. I have little wisdom to offer. Life is hard. Since my son’s death, the Jesus Prayer has become absolutely central. There are many days when that is the only prayer I can offer. All we can do is throw ourselves upon the Mercy of God. Hold on to Christ, no matter what.

Thank you for reading Eclectic Orthodoxy.

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14 Responses to EO’s Most Popular Postings for 2013

  1. whitefrozen says:

    It’s been a blessing to have read/discussed the content of your blog – and I look forward very much to continuing to do so over the coming year.

    Regarding ‘Most Intersting Theologians’, a couple suggestions: perhaps Plantinga, Wolterstorff, Bonhoeffer, Chesterton? As a blog post suggestion, perhaps comparing/contrasting patristic theological/dogmatic method/exegesis with a more historical approach, a la Wright? That could prove to be quite interesting 🙂

    With regard to your second-to-last paragraph: we’re all ascetical failures. All we can do is continue to hold on to Christ.

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    • Fr Aidan Kimel says:

      Good “interesting theologian” suggestions! I thought I had already done Chesterton, but it appears I skipped over him. Also a good suggestion to contrast biblical and patristic hermeneutics; but I do not have the competence (of course, the lack of competence has never interfered with my blogging before, so why should it now? 🙂 ) The closest I have come to the topic is my article “What Does Scripture Mean? I thought it might generate more interest than it did.

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  2. jrj1701 says:

    Father Bless,
    As I have said before and I will say forever, you are doing a good job Father Aidan, keep it up, I really appreciate your efforts with your blog and your courage to keep going and being honest about your grief is an inspiration for those who also suffer with grief. You are doing all you can do and the Lord knows, as are we all. Please pray for this sinner+++

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  3. Mary Holste says:

    Dear Fr Aidan,
    I just wanted to say how grateful I am for the time and energy you put into writing your blog. I appreciate your many insights and your familiarity with so many of the Greats that I would not otherwise have access to. It is not my place to say so, but great sorrow seems to be its own kind of ascetic labor. I was reflecting this Christmas how fitting it is to celebrate the Nativity in conjunction with the winter solstice. It is so often in the darkest places that love comes to us and finds us.
    Have you written about Julien of Norwich before? I am hoping to read more about her.
    Love in Christ,
    Mary Freeman Holste

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  4. I should let you know that you’re the only blogger I follow that I can rely on to be constantly active as well as distribute reliable information on the given area of expertise. I rate your blog with 5 stars out of a possible 5.

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  5. Fr Aidan Kimel says:

    For the sake of full disclosure, I guess I should probably mention that the most popular EO article of 2013 (by a large margin) was “Worrying About the Pope.” I’m embarrassed that this article became so popular. It was just an “aside” posted in a slow day, yet somehow the Catholic traditionalists got hold of it and inundated the site to express their dislike of Pope Francis, etc. I even had to close down the comments. Not only was this not a substantive article, but everyone who read it appears to have missed the intended humor. Oh well. 🙄

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  6. How did you figure out which ones were your most popular? Is that a feature on here or did you just keep track of it?

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