CategoryChurch Fathers

The Water and The Kiln

This edition of my church father paraphrases comes from Didymus the Blind, born in the early fourth century and the eventual head of the celebrated catechetical school in Alexandria. Although he became blind at age four and never learned to read, he was nevertheless one of the most learned men of his time, having committed vast amounts of scripture, history, philosophy and the like to memory. It...

Count to Infinity

Perhaps the most famous of the many variegated proofs for God’s existence is St. Anselm’s so-called Ontological Argument. The gist of it is as follows: God is “that than which nothing greater can be conceived”. In other words, if in one’s mind one attempted to contemplate something greater than God, the very definition of what the word “God” entails means that one has not yet come to an...

The No

There is a scene in the fine movie Becket where the newly ascended archbishop is made aware of how one of the barons has taken one of his priests into custody, the latter accused of debauching a girl in his parish. As the scene progresses, messengers arrive to inform Becket that the priest had tried to escape but was captured and put to death, when the law of the land was that ecclesial crimes...

Do What You Will

For I know that there dwelleth not in me, that is to say, in my flesh, that which is good. For to will, is present with me; but to accomplish that which is good, I find not. For the good which I will, I do not; but the evil which I will not, that I do. (Romans 7:18-19 DRA) As St. Paul’s all too famailiar-in-experience soliloquy here illustrates, we humans often have great difficulty when it comes...

The Curious Case of the Antipodes

In a previous post I looked the universality of Christian belief in respect to potential future contact with extra-terrestrials. I posited that the Christian understanding of angels (especially the traditional explication thereof that understands each individual angel as its own species) involves an a priori acceptance of extraterrestrial races, and since it as such did not pose any particular...

Even E.T. Needs Jesus

Speculation about the nature of extraterrestrial life is perhaps fascinating, posing all kinds of intriguing questions. In a recent article entitled Is Your Religion Ready To Meet ET?, we are served up a volley of “cosmotheological” questions that the author believes will be appropriate and no longer merely speculative after (or, better put, if) we ever discover conclusive scientific proof for...

Pooping Rainbows: The Theology of the Unicorn

One of the most unfortunate aspects of modern life is that the world is no longer populated by fantastic things. For the ancients the universe was still teeming with monsters great and small, wonders of both flora and fauna perhaps just out of reach of all but the most daring (or the most foolish.) Of all ancient mythical beasts, the unicorn is one of the most fantastic and beloved. It is indeed...

The Redemption of Eros

Thou hast ravished my heart, my sister, my spouse; thou hast ravished my heart with one of thine eyes, with one chain of thy neck. How fair is thy love, my sister, my spouse! how much better is thy love than wine! and the smell of thine ointments than all spices! (Song of Songs 4:9-10 KJV) If you have heard many sermons on love, you have no doubt been treated to the various terms and distinctions...

Keep The Snakes Away

There is an iconic scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark where Indiana Jones discovers a long lost tomb and is ready to venture down into it. After prying open the seal, he drop a torch into the depths to see what is below. As soon as it lands, the ground begins to writhe and coil, revealing a pit filled with venomous snakes. Indy, filled with a mixture of disgust and terror, rolls over onto his side...

A False False Teacher

There is a series of posts I have recently discovered entitled The False Teachers. I had actually been meaning to interact with one of the previous installments (and still plan to eventually), but in reading the most recent entry I was struck by what I consider a rather shallow critique. The ‘false teacher’ in question is Teresa of Avila, perhaps most well known for her writings on the mystical...

Mrs. Jesus and the Zombie Gnostics: Part 2

About a year and a half ago I penned a post regarding the so-called Gospel of Jesus’ Wife. Like most of these sorts of sensationalized reports about discoveries that will rock Christianity to its core, the reporting on the subject was far more absurd than the actual claims being set forth by the researcher in question. But then again, these kinds of things generally follow the 10 step process I...

The Road Less Traveled

We all grow up in one way or another, even if it’s only physically. Yet with any luck we as rational beings grow in our utilization of that rationality in some proportion to our increase in stature, and perhaps with a lot of effort may far surpass it. I’m not sure if this is a universal experience, but when I was in college I found that my new-found access to a lot of knowledge led to a somewhat...

Harmony

One way to ensure (or at least greatly contribute to) marital bliss is to frequently employ that most effective of weapons, the Date Night. Love may cover a multitude of sins, but Date Night can cover over the myriad annoyances, bouts of forgetfulness, and simple obliviousness that assaults most men in their attempts to find peace and harmony in home and hearth with the women they love and...

Infinite Vision

The other day I was watching a tutorial video for After Effects, and I become intrigued with the hosts other work. He had created a video about the meaning of the term ‘nano,’ and the essence of the piece was to use different sized things to demonstrate the sense of scale. Beginning with a single hair, the scene zoomed in to the point where the person in the piece was about the size of a red...

Diseased Doctors

Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check. (James 3:1-2 NIV) For there must be also heresies: that they also, who are approved, may be made manifest among you. (1 Corinthians 11:19 DRA)...

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