Divine Will and Divine Intent

In the previous essay I explored what John Vervaeke considers a misplaced emphasis on the Divine Will (in theological terms) and the arbitrariness of the cosmos (in philosophical terms) and how that has shaped Christian’s thinking about our relationship to God. My conclusion was that the will of God is not as important as one …

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What Is this “Will of God” of which You Speak?

Early on in my Orthodox days I was part of a conversation where a person raised in an Evangelical home asked an Orthodox priest about the will of God. The priest happened to be an old-school Arab guy who had probably never set foot in a Protestant church. Said person was tied up in knots …

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In Defense of Invented Words

I read an essay recently (I won’t shame him by posting a link; he’s a friend, after all) in which the essayist went off on a screed—well, it wasn’t very long, so more of a diatribe—about invented words  (ie, “woke” and “fleek”), the verbing of nouns (ie, “adulting” and “Draking” … “Draking”? Really?). His point …

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The Trouble with the Gibeonites

Throughout history the Orthodox Church has made concession for various things which “contradict” canon law, or canon law itself makes provision for things which some people feel are not quite biblical. This odd relationship between rules and reality, between divine intent and human weakness, between the absolute and the pastoral, is as old as scripture …

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Technology Is not the Problem – Nature Is not the Solution

I recently started listening to the Amon Sûl podcast, an Orthodox thematic exploration of Middle Earth. That has led to poking around other Lord of the Rings related things. I have been disturbed (but not surprised) by the discussion around Tom Bombadil (an ancient nature sprite, as old as Middle Earth itself) who appears in …

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