Monthly Archives: January 2016

A Redefinition of Reality

One may readily concede that the historical factuality of the resurrection cannot be affirmed with the same level of confidence as the historical factuality of the crucifixion. All historical judgments can be made only with relative certainty, and the judgment … Continue reading

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A Yoderian Reading of Romans 13

  Romans 13, despite much protest to the contrary, does not legitimate Christian violence—nor is it a comment on Rome’s foreign policy. Paul in this particular phase of his discourse (chapters 12-15) advocates a policy of nonviolent ‘revolutionary subordination’ that … Continue reading

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Faith and History

It is often suggested that ‘faith’ must bridge the gap between what can be known or ‘proved’ by ‘history’ and what ‘must be true’ if Christianity is to survive—or, mutatis mutandis, if it is to be modified or transformed. History, … Continue reading

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Prayer (I)

.  Prayer the church’s banquet, angel’s age,          God’s breath in man returning to his birth,          The soul in paraphrase, heart in pilgrimage, The Christian plummet sounding heav’n and earth Engine against th’ Almighty, sinner’s tow’r,          Reversed thunder, Christ-side-piercing spear,          The … Continue reading

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We Believe

Πιστεύομεν εἰς ἕνα Θεόν, Πατέρα, Παντοκράτορα, ποιητὴν οὐρανοῦ καὶ γῆς, ὁρατῶν τε πάντων καὶ ἀοράτων. Καὶ εἰς ἕνα Κύριον Ἰησοῦν Χριστόν, τὸν Υἱὸν τοῦ Θεοῦ τὸν μονογενῆ, τὸν ἐκ τοῦ Πατρὸς γεννηθέντα πρὸ πάντων τῶν αἰώνων· φῶς ἐκ φωτός, Θεὸν … Continue reading

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Early Christian Attitudes on War and Killing

Here is an absolutely fantastic essay in Books and Culture by Ron Sider, who has collected into one volume every single available piece of patristic evidence regarding how early Christians responded to war and killing. Here is his synopsis of … Continue reading

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Gregory of Nazianzus on Union and Being

Θεὸς Θεοῖς ἑνούμενος Θεὸς ἦν ἀεὶ καὶ ἔστι καὶ ἔσται· μᾶλλον δὲ ἔστιν ἀεί. Τὸ γὰρ ἦν καὶ ἔσται τοῦ καθ΄ ἡμᾶς χρόνου τμήματα καὶ τῆς ῥευστῆς φύσεως· ὁ δὲ ὢν ἀεὶ καὶ τοῦτο αὐτὸς ἑαυτὸν ὀνομάζει τῷ Μωϋσεῖ χρηματίζων … Continue reading

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