From “The Orthodox Way”

Man is not just a logical and eucharistic animal, but he is also a creative animal: the fact that man is in God's image means that man is a creator after the image of God the Creator. ...It is likewise significant that, when at the Eucharist we offer back to God the firstfruits of the earth, we offer them not in their original form but reshaped by the hand of man: we bring to the altar not sheaves of wheat but loaves of bread, not grapes but wine. … [Read more...]

From “The Orthodox Way”

Consciously and with deliberate purpose, he can do two things that animals can only do unconsciously and instinctively. First, man is able to bless and praise God for the world. Man is best defined not as a "logical" but as a "eucharistic" animal. He does not merely live in the world, think about it and use it, but he is capable of seeing the world as God's gift, as a sacrament of God's presence and a means of communion with him. So he is able to offer the world back to God in thanksgiving: … [Read more...]

From Bp Kallistos Ware, “The Orthodox Way”

The circle of divine love, however, has not remained closed. God's love is, in the literal sense of the word, "ecstatic"--a love that causes God to go out from himself and to create things other than himself. I'm still looking for a cute tag a la "mackerel-snapping" for Orthodox Christian stuff. Your suggestions welcome! … [Read more...]

“Course Evaluations for the Sermon on the Mount”: Millinerd

lol: Way too demanding for Gen Ed requirement. Prof expected us all to exceed best students in the class?! LOL. Not even my major!Best prof ever! Loved it. Changing my major.Told us not to worry about grade, and then told us that most people would fail. What?! Seriously? more … [Read more...]

Read This Great Sharp Poem While I Work on My Best-Of Post.

Thank you! … [Read more...]

Wesley Hill’s 2013 best-of books list

For your delectation: I taught a course on Christology last spring, and in preparation I read a lot about St. Cyril of Alexandria. Three books are especially memorable from that time: Cyril’s treatise On the Unity of Christ, Christ in Eastern Christian Thought by John Meyendorff, and St. Cyril of Alexandria: The Christological Controversy by John McGuckin.I also read a few books this year from and about the Church of England and the Anglican Communion, as I continue to try to figure out wher … [Read more...]

A Story of Peacemaking in Prison

It's framed as a post about John Howard Yoder, his work and his abuse of women, but I'm posting it because of the exceptionally compelling personal story: ...I did not become peaceable by reading Yoder. That happened to me long before when I became Christian in prison.I was convicted of arson in 1994 and served four years in a state prison as a result. I was an angry and very violent young man when I entered.My hatred and resentment toward others eventually crushed me, when I realized I … [Read more...]


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