Monthly Archives: September 2014

The Second Coming

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St Augustine and the Varieties of Monergism

by Phillip Cary, Ph.D. Synergism is just a Greek way of saying “co-operation,” which in turn is just a Latin way of saying “working together.” Paul uses the corresponding Greek verb when he describes himself and his colleagues as “co-working” … Continue reading

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Thomas Wingfold, Curate: Faith and Atheism in George MacDonald

I do not know how to review the novel Thomas Wingfold, Curate by George MacDonald. If I were to assess it as I would any other work of realistic fiction, I could only give it two stars out of a … Continue reading

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Met John Zizioulas Meets Bob Dylan

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Dumitru Staniloae: The Knowledge of Faith

Dumitru Staniloae begins his chapter on the knowledge of God by distinguishing between rational knowledge and apophatic knowledge; and over the course of the chapter he unpacks, contrasts, and synthesizes these two forms of knowledge. I was surprised, therefore, when … Continue reading

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Dumitru Staniloae: The Rational and Apophatic Knowledge of God

For the past two months I have been reading the first volume of the dogmatics of Dumitru Staniloae¬†in concert with the Fellowship of St Maximus. Staniloae enjoys the reputation of being the finest Orthodox theologian of the 20th century. He … Continue reading

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Thomas Talbott on Universal Salvation and the Purpose of an Earthly Life

One of the common objections to the universalist hope is that it renders our mortal lives irrelevant. If all are going to be ultimately saved, then what possible purpose can our present temporal existence have? Philosopher Thomas Talbott has given … Continue reading

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