The Role of Pleasure and Pain in Salvation

One of Maximus’ contributions to theological thought is his consideration of pleasure and pain in relation to salvation. Maximus speculates that God did not create a pleasure principle as we know and experience it today. What God did was “create a certain spiritual capacity for pleasure, a pleasure whereby human beings would be able to …

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The Three Births of the Word

I’m currently reading a Maximus the Confessor anthology (On the Cosmic Mystery of Jesus Christ). In “Ambiguum 42” he begins with a quote from Gregory the Theologian’s Theophany sermon where Gregory says: “The Word knew three births for us: bodily birth, birth through baptism, and birth through resurrection.” Since it’s currently Christmas and Theophany is …

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Gregory: The Patron Saint of Social Media

In the previous essay I explored the rather different Hebrew conception of time. I began that essay by mentioning Sergie Bulgakov, a theologian who was active about 100 years ago. Bulgakov, while brilliant, was eccentric, and his eccentricities are probably the reason there continues to be so much interest in him 100 years after his …

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