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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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Dogma and Doctrine in the Orthodox Church

The debate on apokatastasis inevitably raises the question: Has the Orthodox Church definitively, infallibly, irreversibly excluded the universalist hope? Must Christians believe that some, perhaps many, will be eternally damned? Does everlasting hell belong to the dogmatic consciousness of the … Continue reading

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To See God Crucified: The Theopaschism of St Gregory Nazianzen

“We need an incarnate God, a God put to death, so that we might live, and we were put to death with him.” (Or. 45.28) Before there was Jurgen Moltmann, there was St Gregory the Theologian. Of the early Church … 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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St Athanasius: The Death of Death in the Death of God

“For the Word, realizing that in no other way would the corruption of human beings be undone except, simply, by dying …” (Inc. 9). St Athanasius the Great knows this to be true, not through philosophical reflection or even biblical … Continue reading

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St Athanasius: The Nothingness of the World

It may come as a surprise to most Orthodox and Catholic believers that the ecumenical dogma that God created the world from “out of nothing” (creatio ex nihilo) is now disputed by some theologians in the name of the Bible—at … Continue reading

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St Athanasius: The Fall of Man into the Body

Humanity was originally created to rejoice in God, knowing the Father through the Son in the Spirit. In this knowledge and communion humanity would have enjoyed immortal, incorruptible life. But something went awry and a spanner was thrown into the … Continue reading

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