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Meditating Four Quartets: The Fire and the Rose are One

“Certainly there was an Eden on this very unhappy earth,” J. R. R. Tolkien wrote to his son Christopher in early 1945. “We all long for it, and we are constantly glimpsing it: our whole nature at its best 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 God Who is Music and Beauty

There was Eru, the One, who in Arda is called Ilúvatar; and he made first the Ainur, the Holy Ones, that were the offspring of his thought, and they were with him before aught else was made. And he spoke … 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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Universalism, Molinism, and the Metaphysics of Actuality

Jeff Cook has completed his three-part series on universalism: “Universalism and Freedom.” Given that Steven Nemes has already published a lengthy response over at his blog, I thought I’d restrict myself to one feature of Cook’s argument—the nature of divine … Continue reading

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