Monthly Archives: October 2019

Prisoner of Time: The Temporal Deity of Analytic Theology

As a follow-up to my recent article on open theism, I thought I’d begin reading Creation and the Sovereignty of God by Hugh J. McCann. McCann stands in the analytic philo­sophical tradition and is known as a strong advocate of classical theism. I am … Continue reading

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Apocatastasis: The Heresy That Never Was

This article has now been superseded by my article “Did the Fifth Ecumenical Council Condemn Universal Salvation?“ When first presented with the universalist hope, many Orthodox and Roman Catholics imme­diately invoke the authority of the Fifth Ecumenical Council (A.D. 553), … Continue reading

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Idols and the Return to Mount Carmel

Ezekiel 14:1-11 We recall the LORD’s vehement opposition to all forms of idolatry, expressed in the first two commandments of the Decalogue: You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself a graven image, or … Continue reading

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“Humility is the chariot in which the ascent to God is made upon the clouds that are to carry up to him those destined to be with God for endless ages”

The spiritual champion of evil is full of resources for its furtherance. It has often happened that as soon as the foundations of virtue have been laid in a soul, he has begun to undermine them with despair and lack … Continue reading

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The Flexibility of Divine Simplicity: Aquinas, Scotus, Palamas

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Theological Chickens

St Augustine: Late have I crossed the road, so ancient and so new. Late have I crossed you. St Francis of Assisi: It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching. Therefore, I crossed the … Continue reading

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The World Poses the Question of God

Existence, whether it be the existence of the universe as a whole or our own personal existence, poses a question we cannot avoid. “Not how the world is,” Ludwig Wittgenstein observed, “but that it is, is the mystery.” Why? Why … Continue reading

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Preaching the Gospel of Predestination

How can the Church recover the preaching of predestination? It seems an impossibility. When treated abstractly, as an explanation of why some are saved and others are not, predestination must always function as an existential threat to our personhood and … Continue reading

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