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The Wrath of God and the Horrors of Divine War

I have now read chapters 4-7 of the Book of Ezekiel. The prophetic words are horrifying. If Ezekiel had spoken them to me in 6th century BC, I would either have secreted myself in a cave or run the pretender … Continue reading

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Paschal Mystery: The Victory of the Cross and the Hiddenness of Easter

We need to be careful, Herbert McCabe warns, not to think of Easter as annulling the cross, as if all is now bliss because “the deus ex machina has given us a happy ending after all” (God, Christ and Us, p. … Continue reading

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If atonement ain’t penal, why the cross?

The theory of penal substitutionary atonement provides a clear, simple-to-understand explanation of the events of Holy Week. On the cross the eternal Son endures the wrath of God for the sins of the world. He stands in our place; he suffers the … Continue reading

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Dionysian Ponderings: Creatio ex Nihilo, Divine Energies, and the Erotic God

Did St Dionysius the Areopagite espouse the catholic understanding of the creatio ex nihilo? As noted in the preceding article, this understanding comprised three elements: (1) rejection of pre-existent matter, (2) absolute beginning, and (3) divine freedom. Neither rejection of eternal … Continue reading

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Epistolary Adumbrations: Death, Life, and the Creatio ex Nihilo

by Brian C. Moore, Ph.D. The following post was originally two parts of what constituted a small dialogue between myself and a young woman who questioned certain aspects of David Bentley Hart’s arguments regarding the nature of freedom and the … Continue reading

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Julian of Norwich and the Revelation of Love

“This is a revelation of love that Jhesu Christ, our endless blisse, made in sixteen showings”—thus begins the divinely inspired reflections of Julian of Norwich on the visions she received on 13 May 1373. She was thirty years old. Julian … Continue reading

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Sin, Hell, and the Victory of Pascha

by Brian C. Moore, Ph.D. We are made for joy and love and creativity. We are embodied because the care of the soul requires human touch and beauty, music and vision in order to thrive. Yet we live in a … Continue reading

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