Posted on: April 21st, 2009 Liturgical View of Scripture: Intro

This little series is an attempt to flesh out my understanding of Scripture. It is like my own personal “doctrine of Scripture.” It might be called “a liturgical understanding of Scripture,” and I think it is right down the center of classical Anglicanism (including Cranmer and Hooker), but postmodernized (that is, perhaps, filtered through the […]

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Posted on: February 17th, 2009 St. Thomas on Scripture (Theology Class #2)

Only now, nine years after finishing my MDiv, am I finally getting around to reading Thomas Aquinas on Scripture. Some interesting points which I wish I had known much earlier: 1. Thomas emphasizes the priority of the literal sense of Scripture, its sensus litteralis. However, he does not mean by this what most modern people […]

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Posted on: February 11th, 2009 Theology Class (#1 & #2): Williams, Augustine, Chesterton

For background on my reasons for posting this, see here. Readings we discussed in class today (Tue, 2-10-09): – Rowan Williams, On Christian Theology, prologue & ch. 1 – Bauerschmidt, Holy Teaching, prologue – St. Augustine, Confessions, Bk. I. – Chesterton, GK. “The Blue Cross” (from The Essential Father Brown). Summary of Augustine’s Confessions, ch. […]

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Posted on: February 11th, 2009 “Systematic” Theology, Anglican Style

This blog is about my theological pilgrimage (Lt. peregrinatio), and so I am going to blog about an experience I am having which is profoundly important for me. I am finally experiencing, in a formal way, one way to do (“systematic”) theology postmodern, Anglican style. I am going to try to summarize, in one paragraph […]

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Posted on: January 24th, 2009 Essential Quotations

“Ātman is Brahman.”—David Bentley Hart, Roland in Moonlight, 153. “… when one looks inward, towards that vanishing point of unity that makes the whole of mental life possible, one looks—as all contemplative traditions insist—towards the source and ground of the mind, the simplicity of God, the one ground of both consciousness and being. More inward […]

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Posted on: July 20th, 2008 The Church’s Organ of Unity: Dioceses, not Provinces

During this sad time of division in the church, fundamental matters of ecclesiology come to the fore again with a new urgency. The Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams recently re-articulated one such fundamental matter: that the basic organ of the church which binds the catholic church together is the diocese, centered on the bishop, and […]

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Posted on: February 19th, 2008 God’s Acceptance or God’s Redemption? Phil Turner on the Episcopal Church

Phil Turner, here, argues that the current malaise of the Episcopal Church is not simply about morality, but rather about theology, the “working theology” of a church which is not so much found in the church’s official documents, books, and creeds as much as, for example, from the Sunday pulpit, week in and week out. […]

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Posted on: February 10th, 2008 Archbishop of Canterbury & Sharia (preliminary thoughts)

For background on this issue see this article, and also see Jon Barlow’s blog post (and don’t overlook the insightful comments). While on the one hand Rowan is far from “calling for the introduction of sharia into British law,” it is true that he is suggesting, and beginning to articulate in public, a different kind […]

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Posted on: December 1st, 2007 Must-reads in Political Theology

Berry, Wendell. Sex, Economy, Freedom, and Community Cavanaugh, William. Torture and Eucharist Cavanaugh, William. Theopolitcal Imagination Gornik, Mark. To Live in Peace Jordan, James. Sociology of the Church Leithart, Peter. Against Christianity Liethart, Peter. The Kingdom and the Power MacIntyre, Alistair. After Virtue Milbank, John. Theology and Social Theory O’Donnovan, Oliver. The Desire of the […]

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Posted on: November 18th, 2007 _Aristotle East & West_ (review for _WTJ_)

The story of the development of the Christian doctrine of God, beginning with the doctrinal disputes of the fourth century, is long and complex. Certain key themes, however, emerge again and again: ousia, hypostasis, energeia among the most important. In this book Orthodox philosopher David Bradshaw lucidly and compellingly deals with all of them, focusing […]

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Posted on: May 4th, 2007 Palamas & God’s “Acts of Self-manifestation”

In his Aristotle East and West, David Bradshaw writes, “One way to look at Palamas is as inviting us to reconceive what have traditionally been regarded as distinct categories — the eternal, necessary divine attributes [on the one hand], and contingent, temporal divine divine activities [on the other hand] — as species within a broader […]

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Posted on: February 17th, 2007 Itinerary

For Matt’s bio, see here and here. For Matt’s C.V., see here. Update: February, 2002. My book has been published! What a joy. Repetition and Mythos (obscure title, I’m well aware) is in so many ways the culmination of my life’s work of thinking. What’s it about? One way of putting it: it’s a vindication […]

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