Monthly Archives: January 2020

Apprehending Apokatastasis: The Incoherence of Everlasting Perdition

I’m a bit surprised to find myself beginning a series of reflections on That All Shall Be Saved by David Bentley Hart. The book has already generated a copiosity of reviews from theolo¬≠gians and internet cognoscenti. Eclectic Orthodoxy has hosted … Continue reading

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Analogy of Being: Knowing God in Similarity within Dissimilarity

How is it possible to speak meaningfully of the infinite and transcendent God? By definition he is not an object of our sensible, perhaps not even of our intellectual, experience; yet human language is grounded in our experience of the … Continue reading

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Existence, Essence, and the One and the Many

The problem of the one and the many, writes Norris Clarke, “is the ultimate paradox of being and the deepest and the most fundamental problem of all metaphysics, of every intellectual effort to achieve a total, unified vision of all … Continue reading

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“Death swallowed the Lamb who was sacrificed for all, and then disgorging him disgorged all of us in him and with him”

“When he saw Jesus coming toward him John said: ‘Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world’” (Jn 1:29). No longer does he say: Prepare. That would be out of place now that at last … Continue reading

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The Diffusiveness of Being

“It is proper to every being, insofar as it is in act,” Norris Clarke writes, “to overflow into action, to act according to its nature, whether such action be free or necessitated in its modality” (Explorations in Metaphysics, p. 46). … Continue reading

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Action is the Revelation of Being

Action is the revelation of being. This principle, Norris Clarke tells us, is central to the metaphysics of St Thomas Aquinas. It also seems to be true. Try to imagine a non-acting being—an entity that never interacts with other entities, … Continue reading

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“You were not ashamed to be born within the lowly limits of our human nature, but I cannot pass its bounds”

“I am the voice, the voice crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way for the Lord.” So I cannot be silent, Lord, in your presence. “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” At my … Continue reading

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