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Dionysian Ponderings: Plotinian Emanation and the Creatio ex Nihilo

Did St Dionysius the Areopagite teach the creation of the cosmos from out of nothing? This is a live question for readers of the Corpus Areopagaticum. Dionysius does not explicitly cite the creatio ex nihilo and therefore can easily (some would … Continue reading

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Dionysian Ponderings: Emanation, Cosmos, and the Plotinian One

Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of The Divine Names by St Dionysius the Areopagite is his discussion of divine creation—or perhaps more accurately (or not), divine emanation. Dionysius was greatly influenced by the writings of Neoplatonic philosophers, particularly, Plotinus and … Continue reading

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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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