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Slowly Reading St Athanasius: Four or five pretty good reasons why Jesus isn’t a space alien or astronaut

by John Stamps C.S. Lewis encouraged us to read old books in his famous introduction to St Athanasius’ On the Incarnation. In the best of all possible worlds, he prescribed that, after you have finished reading a new book, you … Continue reading

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Slowly Reading St Athanasius: What if God was one of us?

by John Stamps You can’t be too safe or too careful with Safeway Muzak. You never know what songs they’re going to play when you least expect it. I was minding my own business shopping for salsa when “What if … Continue reading

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Slowly Reading St Athanasius: the God we didn’t invent, rotten avocados, and other vast imponderables

by John Stamps Kids love to ask their parents questions. Kids think nothing of asking tough questions. They ask them as easily as they eat or play or sleep. They think these questions are harm­less. But the children are wrong. … Continue reading

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Slowly Reading St Athanasius: The Divine Dilemma

by John Stamps Everybody loves a good moral dilemma. The current favorite dilemma is the infamous trolley car problem popularized in The Good Place. A trolley car hurtles down the tracks out of control. You are standing at the switch, … Continue reading

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Slowly Reading St Athanasius: Something is rotten in the state of Denmark

by John Stamps Something is rotten in the state of Denmark. Something is also rotten with the Human Race. Something worse than Hamlet’s creepy uncle and lutefisk.1 This corruption stinks to high heaven. Far worse than malodorous lutefisk is the … Continue reading

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Slowly Reading St Athanasius: You and I are the Cause of the Incarnation of the Word

by John Stamps Perhaps you are wondering for what reason, having proposed to talk about the Incarnation (JS: in-human-ification) of the Word, we are now expounding the origin of human beings. Yet this too is not distinct from the aim … Continue reading

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Slowly Reading St Athanasius: Staring Death, Corruption, and the Nothing in the Face

by John Stamps Christ is risen! The very best gift Eastern Orthodoxy can offer to the rest of Christendom is that we know how to say “Christ is risen!” with joie-de-vivre and supreme panache.1 We refuse to broker a deal … Continue reading

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Slowly Reading St Athanasius: Playing the Creation Card

by John Stamps These things, then, they fantasize. But the inspired teaching and faith according to Christ casts out their vain talk as godlessness. For it knows that neither spontaneously, as it is not without providence, nor from pre-existent matter, … Continue reading

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