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Slowly Reading St Athanasius: The Divine Dilemma

by John Stamps Everybody loves a good moral dilemma. The current favorite dilemma is the infamous trolley car problem popularized in The Good Place. A trolley car hurtles down the tracks out of control. You are standing at the switch, … Continue reading

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Introducing St Theodore of Tarsus

by Fr James Siemens, Ph.D. Work by unknowns is easy to ignore. Those whose contributions failed to find a recorder in their time, or a relay later, slip from memory and get dismissed as insignificant. This is especially the case … Continue reading

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The Eagle has landed … and will land again

Ezekiel 17 Ezekiel 17 begins with two cryptic parables about Israel, King Zedekiah, and Babylon. In each the figure of a great eagle figures prominently. In the first the eagle represents Nebuchadnezzar II, king of Babylon and overlord of Judah; … Continue reading

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Slowly Reading St Athanasius: Something is rotten in the state of Denmark

by John Stamps Something is rotten in the state of Denmark. Something is also rotten with the Human Race. Something worse than Hamlet’s creepy uncle and lutefisk.1 This corruption stinks to high heaven. Far worse than malodorous lutefisk is the … Continue reading

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Slowly Reading St Athanasius: You and I are the Cause of the Incarnation of the Word

by John Stamps Perhaps you are wondering for what reason, having proposed to talk about the Incarnation (JS: in-human-ification) of the Word, we are now expounding the origin of human beings. Yet this too is not distinct from the aim … Continue reading

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All shall be well … but how well is hell?

Alle shall be well, and alle shalle be wele, and alle maner of thinge shall be wel.1 Does Julian of Norwich advocate the salvation of every human being? The question haunts readers of her Showings. On the one hand, one … Continue reading

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The Unicity of the Incarnate Word

Few theologians in the Christian tradition have asserted the unicity of the God-Man as strongly as St Cyril of Alexandria. God the Word has made humanity his own, he declares again and again, not by the assumption of an already … Continue reading

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Holy Scripture and the Grammar of the Son

I recently finished reading On the Unity of Christ by St Cyril of Alexandria. Somewhat sur­prisingly, I found it slow-going—not because of its philosophical difficulty but rather its exeget­ical density. Cyril is a biblical theologian, and he would counter the … Continue reading

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