Christ as Theoretical Construct Rather Than Person

Since I've gotten back to the first half part of vol. 4 of Karl Barth's Church Dogmatics and have been posting about it, a friend sent me a note pointing me in the direction of Adam Neder's book, Participation in Christ: An Entry Into Karl Barth's Church Dogmatics. Since both Eastern Orthodoxy and Adam Neder …

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The Innocent Righteousness of Works

Too often a dispute has unintended consequences. In theology nearly all disputes are not between right and wrong, but rather an over- or under-emphasis that leads to error. Heresy (broadly understood) is not a matter of being wrong, it is a matter of being only almost right. But when sides are taken and battle lines …

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The Cultural Kitsch of Contemporary Personhood

Over the last couple of months I have been trying to write about the Orthodox understanding of the person. But every time I go back and look at what I’ve written, I abandon it because without a broader context, it sounds like propaganda, or even hate speech. Recently Jonathan Pageau posted a forum discussion with …

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The Symbolism of Technology in Christianity

A couple of weeks ago I saw the most remarkable Q&A by Jonathan Pageau, the Quebecois iconographer, carver, and philosopher of Christian symbolism, entitled The Symbolism of Technology in Christianity. At the time I thought of it as odd rather than remarkable. It’s about the symbolism in the Book of Enoch, a very weird pseudopigraphal …

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