Author Archives: Fr Aidan Kimel

St Maximus the Universalist?

By Mark Chenoweth “There was no universalist saint after the fifth ecumenical council (553 CE) because it con­demned universalism as heresy!” Although this exact sentence has never been uttered ver­batim (as far as I am aware), many popular websites certainly … Continue reading

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Platonism and the Trinity: Hierarchy and Participation

By Alexander Earl PLOTINIAN HIERARCHY To provide an initial sketch, Plotinus has three primary hypostases in his philosophical system: The One, Intellect (nous), and Soul (psyche). In brief, the soul, despite countless misconceptions, is not a foreign homunculus inhabiting a … Continue reading

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The Holy Freedom of Sir Gibbie and the Gnomic Will

In his book That All Shall Be Saved, David Hart adduces the important distinction between the natural will and the gnomic will: In the terms of the great Maximus the Confessor (c. 580-662), the “natural will” within us, which is … Continue reading

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“Aquinas and Why the New Atheists are Right”

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Platonism and the Trinity

By Alexander Earl That it is especially with the Platonists that we must carry on our disputations on matters of theology, their opinions being preferable to those of all other philosophers. —Augustine of Hippo1 Whether in education or previous adherence, … Continue reading

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“The death and raising of Lazarus were a perfect prefiguration of the death and resurrection of the Lord himself”

On his return from the underworld, Lazarus comes forth from the tomb, like death con­front­ing its conqueror, an image of the resurrection to come. Before we can fathom the depths of meaning behind this miracle, we must consider the way … Continue reading

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On the Beginning of the City of God

Originally posted on ST. JUDE'S TAVERN:
There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall…

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