Monthly Archives: May 2014

Cyril of Alexandria: Mary, Theotokos, We Salute You

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I see here a joyful company of Christian men met together in ready response to the call of Mary, the holy and ever-virgin Mother of God. The great grief that weighed upon me is…

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Hell: Prison or Nothingness?

If God is absolute, infinite, and unconditional love, how can there be hell? Or as one student asked Jonathan Kvanvig after he had just explained that God wills the good of every person: “But why does God get so angry, … Continue reading

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Goddammit, Who Damns Whom?

Is the freedom to reject God—definitively, irrevocably, everlastingly—authentic freedom? Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Arminian, and all other free-will defenders of eternal perdition must answer yes. To answer otherwise would mean that God permits individuals who live under a serious form … Continue reading

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Dumitru Staniloae: The Most Interesting Theologian in the World

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Dumitru Staniloae: Does God Remember the Damned?

In the midst of his exposition of of Christ’s individual judgment upon the soul, Fr Dumitru Staniloae observes that “while the Holy Fathers make Christ’s judgment dependent upon human beings’ works during their lives on earth, the funeral prayers and … Continue reading

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Dumitru Staniloae: The Impersonality of Catholic Purgatory

Dumitru Staniloae presents the traditional Orthodox vision of hell and eternal damnation so forthrightly that it takes one’s breath away. He remorselessly pursues the gift of freedom to its logical end. The Son of God welcomes all sinners in love … Continue reading

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The Universalist Hope in the Early Church

I confess that my recent immersion in the eschatological views of Fr Dumitu Staniloae has been depressing and discouraging. Perhaps in his divine foresight God saw that this would be the case, and so he provided an antidote. Last week … Continue reading

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