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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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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