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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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Slowly Reading St Athanasius: Those Pesky Dualists

by John Stamps “Others, again, from the heretics fabricate for themselves another creator of all things besides the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, being greatly blinded even in what they say.”1 Athanasius didn’t really distinguish the “heretics” he worried … Continue reading

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Slowly Reading St Athanasius: From Epicurean Garden to the Academy of Plato

by John Stamps Last week I read Lucretius De Rerum Natura so that you wouldn’t have to. This week I again followed the advice of C.S. Lewis to a “T.” It’s always better to read Plato himself than some dreary … Continue reading

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Slowly Reading St Athanasius: Contra the Epicureans

by John Stamps Candace H. Smith drew a great map of the four main philosophical schools of Hellenistic Athens. Let’s examine it for a moment. At the top of the page, you can see the famous Acropolis. Below it is … Continue reading

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Slowly Reading St Athanasius: Why is the Incarnation so important? 

by John Stamps My favorite dish to eat at a Mexican restaurant is Chili con Carne. For barbarians who don’t know what I’m talking about, Chili con Carne means Chili with Meat. If we ponder what the word “incarnation” means … Continue reading

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Eclectic Orthodoxy 101: Slowly Reading St Athanasius

by John Stamps Nothing and no one says Eclectic Orthodoxy more than On the Incarnation of the Word of God by St Athanasius. He is deeply beloved by Eastern Christians and Western Christians alike. And for good reason. St Athanasius … Continue reading

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