Can Art Save Us in a Time of Pandemic? (repost from Searching for Proust)

View original post at Searching for Proust: Can Art Save us in a Time of Pandemic? ‘Beauty is truth, truth beauty’—that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know. John Keats – from “Ode on a Grecian Urn” In a time such as this when falconers have lost their falcons and […]

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Proust in a Time of Coronavirus

I’ve started a new reading group for Proust’s In Search of Lost Time for anyone interested in reading this great work while we all exercise social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to the Proust in a Time of Coronavirus Facebook group, I have also opened up another wordpress page for those interested in […]

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On the Beginning of the City of God

There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early. Psalm 46: 4-5 To understand the foundation of the city of […]

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A Prayer of Confession

A Prayer of Confession   Forgive us Lord, For not gazing with gratitude Upon the dandelion, Whose beauty is no less stately than the rose; Dancing on a dilapidated lawn beside the ramshackle home, Dazzling us with her sunfire shine, Reminding us that no overlooked corner, no overworn space is incapable of being touched by […]

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Ramelli on Universalism

Ilaria Ramelli is a superb scholar, and if you are at all inclined to look into the subject of Christian Universalism, she would be among the first I would recommend consulting. Her most recent volume, A Larger Hope?, Volume 1: Universal Salvation from Christian Beginnings to Julian of Norwich is a highly accessable summary of her […]

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In Defense of Origen and Christian Universalism

“When people dismiss early Christian universalism as an aberration in Christian theology, dreamed up by Origen in the third century under the influence of paganism and later discerned to be heretical they err on several counts. First, they fail to appreciate that Origen’s theology of apokatastasis was primarily a synthesis of much earlier Christian ideas, […]

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The Elevation of the Individual In the Christian Story

The following is an excerpt from Erich Auerbach’s 1929 publication, Dante: Poet of the Secular World – ‘The story of Christ is more than the parousia of the logos, more than the manifestation of the idea. In it the idea is subjected to the problematic character and desperate injustice of earthly happening. Considered in itself […]

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A Brief Meditation on Revelation 14:11

“And the smoke of their torment rises for ages of ages” – Revelation of John 14:11; The New Testament: A Translation, David Bentley Hart The smoke of the torment of the damned is the incense of their righteousness. So this smoke will ascend to the presence of God forever and ever; so, that this offering […]

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And then – the glory…

In what is my estimation, John Steinbeck’s finest novel East of Eden, he moves in and out of a sermonic discourse that thunders from another place where beauty dances in the human heart and speaks to the kind of experience that shatters the dim world we so often feel confined to: Sometimes a kind of glory […]

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