Rio Tijuana

Tears swell along Rio Tijuana’s littered banks strewn with detritus and dreams beyond it’s shore, for a Liberty whose arms no longer open to the tired, the hungry, the huddled masses. A Nation’s soul sours in fear’s ferment behind a wall built of block and iron that became our prison.   We cannot countenance a […]

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Cyrus Trump and the Border Catastrophe

A great cry rises up from San Ysidro to Brownsville as mother’s weep for their children. In Calexico, Nogales, Santa Teresa, and Laredo children live in terror of being torn from their families as pawns in a political game. If Donald Trump is Cyrus, he’s acting more like Herod, who ravaged families in Bethlehem over […]

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Imperial Demise: An American-Made Crisis in the EU

While this might be a broad generalization, Empires tend to decline over time from within by institutional failure in it’s main centers of social, political, and economic power; however, this internal unraveling is often manifested on the peripheries of imperial control. This was the case in Rome, where corruption and political malfeasance in the halls […]

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Apocatastasis: The Heresy that Never Was

Originally posted on Eclectic Orthodoxy:
When first presented with the universalist hope, many Orthodox and Roman Catholics immediately invoke the authority of the Fifth Ecumenical Council (553), citing the fifteen anti-Origenist anathemas: “Apokatastasis has been dogmatically defined by the Church as heresy—see canon 1 … case closed.” Over the past two centuries, however, historians have…

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To Hell with Them? – Part 3

As I continue to work through this series on Christian Universalism, I think it is important to reiterate that the classic doctrine of Universalism (termed in Greek as apokatastasis) as developed by the Church Fathers and later Christians in the broad-stream of orthodoxy (Eastern, Catholic, Protestant) do not deny the existence of hell. Rather, the […]

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In the Beginning – An American Myth

In the Beginning – An American Myth   When you’re going to hit something on the nose, hit it hard and fast and often. — Aristotle… or Confucius (whatever, I found the quote on the internet)   … Only the flicker Over the strained time-ridden faces Distracted from distraction by distraction Filled with fancies empty […]

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