Our Fall as Apocalyptic or Mythic vs. Philosophical or Contemplative

In several writings, David Bentley Hart connects human sin and suffering strongly with the idea of oppression by fallen angelic powers. Hart points this out as a strong theme in Paul’s letters and the rest of the New Testament but also make it clear that he holds this same position himself. However, Fr. Aidan (Al)Continue reading “Our Fall as Apocalyptic or Mythic vs. Philosophical or Contemplative”

then they will clearly see the nature of the stars one by one

C.S. Lewis has a retired star (Ramandu) become a human father, and J.R.R. Tolkien has a man (Eärendil, Half-elven) carry a star into the heavens aboard his ship. Here are initial excerpts from Origen and the Life of the Stars: A History of an Idea by Alan Scott (Oxford UP): The second-century apologist Tatian asks what goodContinue reading “then they will clearly see the nature of the stars one by one”

because the end is not known

From Origen’s Commentary on Romans volume 2: In the Scriptures “eternity” is sometimes recorded because the end is not known, but sometimes because the time period designated does not have an end in the present age, though it does end in the future. The Greek word for “eternity” here (used by Septuagint in Exodus 21:6Continue reading “because the end is not known”