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Ainulindalë: Angels, Demiurges, and the Making of Arda

Then Ilúvatar spoke, and he said: ‘Mighty are the Ainur, and mightiest among them is Melkor; but that he may know, and all the Ainur, that I am Ilúvatar, those things that ye have sung, I will show them forth, … Continue reading

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Ainulindalë: The Secret of the Secret Fire

You cannot pass. I am a servant of the Secret Fire, wielder of the flame of Anor. You cannot pass. The dark fire will not avail you, flame of Udûn. Go back to the Shadow! You cannot pass. Gandalf’s confrontation … Continue reading

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Ainulindalë: The Creation of the Angels

Eru engë, i estaina ná Ilúvatar Ardassë; ar ónes minyavë Ainur, i ner i híni sanweryo, ar nentë ósë nó ilúvë ontaina né. There was Eru, the One, who in Arda is called Ilúvatar; and he made first the Ainur, the Holy … Continue reading

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Hartian Illuminations: Transcendence Beyond Negation and the Analogy of Being

In this series of “illuminations” I will be citing passages that I have found particularly instructive from the essays collected in The Hidden and the Manifest, followed by a question or brief comment. I hope they will generate good discussion. “I … Continue reading

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God is the Doer: Providence and Human Freedom in Julian of Norwich

Meditation upon the passion and death of Christ leads Dame Julian into a deeper understanding of God’s creation of the world, which in turn prepares her for the third showing—the presence of God in all: And after this I saw … Continue reading

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Uncreated and Created: How Flexible is Your Monotheism?

And then there was Arius … The Arian crisis of the fourth century dramatically changed the theological landscape of catholic Christianity. Historians of the past few decades have published important works on the crisis, shedding new light on the important … Continue reading

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Trinity, Creation, and the Christian Distinction

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all” (2 Cor 13:14). The triadic benediction does not surprise us. We have heard it countless times from … Continue reading

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