Monthly Archives: February 2021

The Three Deaths in the Parable of the Prodigal Son

The parable [of the prodigal son] is an absolute festival of death, and the first death occurs right at the beginning of the story: the father, in effect, commits suicide. It took me years to notice this fact, but once … Continue reading

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“The apostles knew that Jesus was a man; they did not know that he was God”

Jesus took the three apostles up to the mountain for three reasons: first, to show them the glory of his divinity, then to declare himself Israel’s redeemer as he had already foretold by the prophets, and thirdly to prevent the … Continue reading

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Angels and the Bodies They May Be

Originally posted on Eclectic Orthodoxy:
An evening in 1997—Fr James E. Cantler was presiding at the Holy Eucharist at the Church of the Holy Communion in Charleston, South Carolina, celebrating the anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood. I was…

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A New Book by David Bentley Hart

David’s new book, Roland in Midnight, is now available from Amazon. Here’s what D. C. Schindler has to say about it: “Who would ever have guessed that there could exist a creature on this planet with more jubilantly inventive wit, … Continue reading

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How Do Angels Change? An Introduction to the “Spiritual Matter” Debate

by Brendan W. Case, Th.D. It’s fair to say that thirteenth-century theology was obsessed with “angelology” (angel-talk), a fact which provoked the nineteenth century quip about scholastic fascination with the number of angels that could dance on the head of … Continue reading

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The Prayer of the Publican

In today’s Gospel, the prayer of the publican is shown drawing God’s mercy to him. This prayer consisted of the following words: God be merciful to me a sinner (Lk. 18:13). It is worthy of our attention that God heard … Continue reading

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“Human life on earth is a life of warfare, and the first thing Christians must expect is to be tempted by the devil”

Everything the Lord Jesus decided to do, everything he chose to endure, was ordained by him for our instruction, our correction, and our advantage; and since he knew that the teaching and consolation we should derive from it all was … Continue reading

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Supplying the Missing Universalist Premise

Last week Dr Brendan Triffett published “Where the Chasm Really Lies: A Libertarian Infernalist Responds to Fr Aidan Kimel.” It’s not often that anyone directly replies to my writings on the greater hope, so I quickly read it. I confess … Continue reading

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