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The Immaculate and Predestined Mother of God

“Most holy, most pure, most blessed and glorious Lady, Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary.” Panagia, Achrantos, Theotokos, Aeiparthenos—the titles abound, not only in the private prayers of Eastern Orthodox Christians but in the public liturgies and offices. A prayer … Continue reading

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Eclectic Thoughts on Holy Trinity: Person, Essence, Energy, and Stuff Like That

by Robert F. Fortuin There is an observation by David Hart in the essay ‘The Hidden and the Manifest’ worthy of further consideration. The comment occurs in his critique of Thomist and Neo-Palamite readings of patristic distinctions within God: There … Continue reading

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St John of Damascus on the Providence of God

“God is both Creator and Provider,” writes St John of Damascus, “and is power of creating, sustaining, and providing is his good will. For ‘whatsoever the Lord pleased he hath done, in heaven, and in earth’ [Ps 134:6], and none … Continue reading

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St John of Damascus and the Incarnation

“John Damascene’s presentation of the Incarnation,” writes Charles  Twombly, “is insistent at the outset on two claims: Christ’s human nature is real and complete; and the person of the united humanity and divinity is God and not a human or … Continue reading

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St John of Damascus on the Holy Trinity

Perhaps the greatest theological challenge of the early Church was the articulation of the trinitarian identity of the one God. How do we express both the unity and distinctiveness of the divine persons, or as Charles Twombly puts it, their … Continue reading

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Charles Twombly: Perichoresis and Personhood

I had intended to read On the Orthodox Faith by St John of Damascus before reading, and reviewing, Perichoresis and Personhood by Charles Twombly. Given that the latter work seeks to exposit the former, this seemed to make sense. But it’s … Continue reading

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Immaculate Virgin: Predestined Before the Ages

“Most holy, most pure, most blessed and glorious Lady, Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary.” Panagia, Achrantos, Theotokos, Aeiparthenos—the titles abound, not only in the private prayers of Eastern Orthodox Christians but in the public liturgies and offices. A prayer … Continue reading

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