Monthly Archives: February 2019

God, Analogy, and the Metaphysics of Participation

by Robert Fortuin There’s an interesting post over at Tom Belt’s Open Orthodoxy blog—“Lost in Translation” (part 1 and part 2)—which developed into a conversation about a conversation. The post and the subsequent comments concern a topic of great importance. … Continue reading

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Origen on Adam and Eve

Originally posted on De unione ecclesiarum:
Origen, De Principiis, iv. 16 = Philocalia Origenis, p. 24. (Translation, with original text on facing side, in H. M. Gwatkin, Selections from Early Christian Writers, London 1897, pp. 136-139.) What intelligent person would fancy,…

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“Only Christians have a true sense of values; their joys and sorrows are not the same as other people’s”

Only Christians have a true sense of values; their joys and sorrows are not the same as other people’s. The sight of a wounded boxer wearing a victor’s crown would make someone ignorant of the games think only of the … Continue reading

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“The sacredness of the image consists precisely in the fact that it comes from an interior vision and thus leads us to such an interior vision”

Contemporary culture turned away from the faith and trod another path, so that faith took flight in historicism, the copying of the past, or else attempted compromise or lost itself in resignation and cultural abstinence. The last of these led … Continue reading

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Reversible Infallibility: When a Dogma Becomes Irrelevant

Once a second-order doctrine is recognized by the Church as infallibly constitutive of the Christian faith, must it be considered irreformable under all conditions and circum­stances? Historically, as George Lindbeck notes, this question “is not traditional, and therefore there are … Continue reading

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May an infallible dogma lose its infallibility?

Surely the question posed in the title is absurd. How can a dogmatic statement deemed essential to the integrity of the Christian faith—that both guarantees and is guaranteed by the religion—ever be apprehended by Christians as dispensable, perhaps even meaningless? … Continue reading

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“Yes, give me this fisherman; once I have taken possession of him, it will be obvious that it is I who am at work in him”

While he was on the mountain with Christ the Lord in company with the two other disciples James and John, the blessed apostle Peter heard a voice from heaven saying: “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well … Continue reading

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