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Finding the God Who is Love

The love of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit for human beings is absolute and uncondi­tional. This fundamental truth of the gospel bears repeating. It bears repeating because we Christians seem to forget it all too easily. We know the … Continue reading

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The Proclamatory Rule of the Gospel: Preach Good News!

What difference does apokatastasis make to the churchly preaching of the gospel? All the difference in the world, all the difference to the world! How we understand the conclusion of the gospel story informs how we tell the story. About fifteen … Continue reading

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Repentance and Salvation: Transcending the Pharisee Within

“For whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it” (Matt 16:25)—here is the heart of Orthodox ethics, Christos Yannaras passionately avers. This may come as a surprise to many. … Continue reading

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Afterlife Possibilities: Is There Repentance Beyond Death?

If the eschatological vision of Origen, St Gregory of Nyssa, and St Isaac of Nineveh is to be fulfilled, then it must be possible for those who die in a state of alienation from God to subsequently repent of their … Continue reading

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Herbert McCabe, Robert Farrar Capon, and the Mystery of Divine Love

“It is very odd,” writes Fr Herbert McCabe, “that people should think that when we do good God will reward us and when we do evil he will punish us” (Faith Within Reason, p. 155). It’s not surprising, of course, … Continue reading

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Herbert McCabe and the Unfathomable Mystery of Divine Forgiveness

Consider the following scenario: We sin and God gets angry. Desiring reconciliation, we repent and plead for mercy. God forgives. This is put crudely. Eastern readers may protest that the scenario is alien to the Orthodox understanding of God; Protestants … Continue reading

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“The resurrection is always beyond speech, and beyond touch, while death is always mute, tangible, and objective”

There, on the unseen transformation of nature into relation, we pin our hope of immortality. There, on love. The distinction of nature from person is not an intellectual definition. It is the experience of love: the revelation of the uniqueness … Continue reading

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