Monthly Archives: June 2018

Introducing William Desmond: Metaphysics and the Fourfold Sense of Being

by Christopher Ben Simpson, Ph.D. Metaphysics Metaphysics asks the question of being: the meaning of being—the significance of the “to be” (BB 3). Metaphysics also asks the ultimate “why” of being: why being and not nothing? (BB 4; HG 3). … Continue reading

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Dionysian Ponderings: The God Who is Theophany

All created being, all that is and will ever be, flows from the one transcendent Deity who is Father, Son, and Spirit. St Dionysius the Areopagite seems to be clear on this point, but it’s difficult to pigeonhole him in one … Continue reading

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“You who have become a stranger to the world ought to possess a faith, an outlook, and a manner of life which has about it something unusual, something different from that of all worldly people”

Wishing to lead his disciples to perfect faith, the Lord said in the Gospel: “Whoever is unbelieving in a small matter will be unbelieving also when it comes to something important; and whoever believes in a small matter will believe … Continue reading

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Funeral Homily for Aaron Edward Kimel

Delivered by Father Alvin F. Kimel, Jr. 22 June 2012 In the Name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen. Introduction Not once have I ever entertained the possibility that I would ever find myself in … Continue reading

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Passing Beyond the Neo-Patristic Synthesis

by The Very Rev. Dr. John Behr Looking back at the past century, this paper explores, first, the genesis and limitations of the Neo-Patristic synthesis and, second, the specialization and fragmentation of the discipline of theology, thereby also indicating possible … Continue reading

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St Basil and the Stupid Arithmetic of the Trinity

“When the Lord taught us the doctrine of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, he did not make arithmetic a part of this gift!” (On the Holy Spirit 18.44)—thus St Basil the Great introduces a lengthy discussion of the numbering of … Continue reading

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“Creation arises relative to our astonishment about the ‘that it is,’ not curiosity about the ‘what’ of what is”

Worries about the God of the whole make us wonder about a God beyond the whole? Need such a “beyond” be a dualistic beyond, fixed in a frozen spatiality, void of intimacy with the immanent whole? The metaxological response must … Continue reading

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Dionysian Ponderings: Emanation, Cosmos, and the Plotinian One

Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of The Divine Names by St Dionysius the Areopagite is his discussion of divine creation—or perhaps more accurately (or not), divine emanation. Dionysius was greatly influenced by the writings of Neoplatonic philosophers, particularly, Plotinus and … Continue reading

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