The concept of mediation is a strange one, particularly to someone raised outside the Christian tradition. Why would I want a mediator? Wouldn’t it be better to have a direct relationship with God? Imagine a married couple who invites a stranger into their home to pass their messages on to one another. The game of telephone … Continue reading Gift as the Structure of Mediation
Clearly, he does not understand the difference between comprehend and apprehend! In The Brothers Karamazov, I am reminded that Active Love is the essential calling of the faithful. Christian mysticism, the love of God and neighbor lived out day to day, is Dostoevsky’s answer to the problem of evil, isolation, and doubt. As children of the … Continue reading The Brothers Karamazov: Bigger Than the Enlightenment
Is man a meaningful creature? Yes, but man is also a creature ordered unto God. The Imago Dei contextualizes the nature of human meaning. This post continues our exploration of man’s doubleness. In North America, stop signs are red octagons with the word ‘stop’ printed on them. There are variations, but, for the most part, they conform to this … Continue reading Empty Signs? Images and Originals Part VI.B
While it is true, I edit and revise and craft my writing. These are yet rough drafts and for several reasons. They are preparation for possible books which I like to pretend will exist one day. I would not consider them in final form in which all copy editing is done clarity is achieved … Continue reading Rough Drafts, A Misnomer?
We have begun to explore how man is a double creature, a being who is natural and yet transcendent. The last post listed a number of ways in which this might be the case. This post will begin to explore numbers 2, 3, and 7. We can do this by first asking: What does ‘poetry’ … Continue reading The Poetic Creature: Images and Originals Part VI.A
I am getting pretty excited to walk through some of this quarter’s readings with the students. The Phaedo, Plato Euthyphro, Plato On the Incarnation, Athanasius The Brothers Karamazov, Dostoevsky Prometheus Bound, Aeschylus Meno, Plato Theatetus, Plato Reflections on the Right Use of School Studies, Weil The greatness of some of these readings is in their … Continue reading Pascha Term 2015 Approaches
Not Every Post Will be So Dang Complicated. I just need to get it out of my system and get some of the fundamentals down. Continue reading A Promise to my Readers