Monthly Archives: July 2018

St Basil the Great and the Divinity of the Holy Spirit

“I neither chose to name the Holy Spirit God nor dare to call him a creature,” declared Eustathius of Sebaste in response to the Neo-Arian denial of the divinity of the Holy Spirit. At first glance, Eustathius’s ambivalence seems reasonable. … Continue reading

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Imaging the Divine

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“We no longer fear the serpent: instead we revere the Holy Spirit”

The signs of the Lord’s resurrection are obvious: deception has ceased, envy has been banished, strife is despised. Peace is held in honor and war has been done away with. No longer do we reproach the Adam who was fashioned … Continue reading

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Dionysian Ponderings: Transcending Freedom and Necessity

“There is no evidence in the Dionysian corpus of creatio ex nihilo,” avers Timothy D. Knepper; “rather, the divine names, the properties they source, and the beings that participate in them, all preexist in and process from God” (Negating Negation, … Continue reading

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The Neglected Doctrine of the Monarchy of the Father

Okay, all of you doctrine-of-the-Trinity people. Philosopher Beau Branson has made available a series of five powerpoint presentations, with audio narration, on the neglected doctrine of the Monarchy of the Father. In the course of these he addresses objections that have … Continue reading

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All God’s Instruments

by Thomas M. Cothran 1. Preamble God causes all of our actions, including our acts of choosing. He does not merely give mankind the power of choice, he causes the act of choosing itself. We are mere instruments of God’s … Continue reading

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The “Infinite Content of the Dogmatic Formulae”: Stăniloae and (Rethinking) the Limits of Dogma

by Alvin Rapien Dogma, as defined by the Cambridge Dictionary, is “a fixed belief or set of beliefs that people are expected to accept without any doubts.” Such a definition is echoed within both popular and academic understandings of religious … Continue reading

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