Tag Archives: Athanasius

Nicene Metaphysics: Apprehending the Transcendence

It’s not clear in my own mind precisely when I began to make the connection between creatio ex nihilo and the metaphysical revolution initiated by the first two ecumenical councils and the theologians we now identify as the Pro-Nicene Fathers (St … Continue reading

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Vicarious Faith, Tom Torrance, and a Few Memories

It’s not often these days that Eclectic Orthodoxy gets noticed, but over at Reformissio, Jonathan Kleis mentioned me in his recent article “Athanasius, T. F. Torrance and the Vicarious Humanity of Christ,” and I would be remiss if I did not … Continue reading

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Thinking Trinity: The Radical Homoousion

When in A.D. 325 the bishops of the Council of Nicaea declared that Jesus Christ is begotten “from the substance of the Father” and “of one substance” with him, they probably did not foresee the momentous dogmatic consequences of their … Continue reading

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The Ontological Entropy of the Zizioulian Universe

“Existence is relentlessly threatened by death,” writes Met John Zizioulas. “To say that the world is created, in other words that ‘there was a time when it was not,’ does not simply mean that it could just as well not … Continue reading

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John Zizioulas and the Created-Uncreated Dialectic

Well over twenty years ago, on the urging of Fr Stephen Freeman, I purchased and read Being as Communion by John Zizioulas. I was most interested in Zizioulas’s ecclesiological writings, but I was perhaps most challenged by his reflections on … Continue reading

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