Tag Archives: beatific vision

The Incomprehensibility of Divine Personhood and the Mysticism of the Hoi Poloi

The Eastern theological tradition has long insisted the essence of God is incomprehensible, inaccessible, unknowable, and imparticipable to all rational creatures, human and angelic. The living God can only be apprehended through his divine energies. As Vladimir Lossky writes: “Wholly … Continue reading

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The Tactual, Tangible, Carnal Salvation of Christ

Reading Paul J. Griffiths’s Decreation and Christian Flesh I was repeatedly struck by the significance of the sense of touch. Human flesh desires to touch and be touched. “Flesh is haptic,” Griffiths writes, “which is to say that flesh touches and is touched, … Continue reading

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Irresistible grace: our secret hope?

How would you answer the title question? In yesterday’s article “Irresistible Grace: Is Sergius Bulgakov an Augustinian?” I probably should have noted some of the differences between Sergius Bulgakov’s irresistible glory and St Augustine’s irresistible grace. The most obvious difference … Continue reading

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