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.