October 17, 2018

There is a war being waged on the poor throughout the world. And the more vulnerable the poor, the greater the war. In Indianapolis, there is a movement to not only restrict panhandling, but to make it illegal for the poor, and homeless, to sit or lie down as needed in city streets. Thankfully, there has been a large outcry against such a measure, but this does not mean the seed has not been planted for the measure to eventually… Read more

October 16, 2018

“The last enemy to be destroyed is death” (1 Cor. 15:26 RSV). Death is said to be the final enemy because of what death represents: the annihilation of being, the decomposition and destruction of that which is. The kingdom of death is the kingdom of corruption and decay, the kingdom of the half-life, quarter-life, and no-life. It seeks to bring everything which exists into the underwhelming emptiness of the void, the nihilistic annihilation of all things. That which is tainted… Read more

October 15, 2018

Dionysius, continuing with his presentation of the transcendence of God, explained neither is It [God] any of non-existing nor of existing things. God, in his supreme simplicity, cannot have anything outside of himself predicated to him. Existence is a quality which can be predicated, or not, to those things which have the potential to exist. When existence is predicated to some potential being it becomes an actuality instead of a mere potentiality. This predication is not applicable to God because… Read more

October 11, 2018

God’s potential is fully active and realized in his one simple eternal action.  While we can logically understand what this means in abstraction, we cannot truly comprehend it. We live and exist in temporal fashion. We do not know our potential. Slowly, if we strive for it, we hope to realize it. [1] We exist in time, we act in time, and so we find our activities are constantly changing from moment to moment. We do not realize our potential… Read more

October 9, 2018

One of the great problems of our age, and indeed, of every age, is the self-deceit that comes out of pride. “When pride comes, then comes disgrace; but with the humble is wisdom” (Prov. 11:3 RSV). When we find pride as being a guiding principle of those people who hold positions of authority, their self-deception will lead not only to their own harm, but those who are under their charge. Those who stand aloof from others, those who think of… Read more

October 8, 2018

Dionysius, having explored many important names and titles traditionally used to describe God, finished off his exposition, denying them as being properly predicated to him by saying nor [can he be properly designated by] any other thing of those known to us, or to any other existing being. Goodness, divinity, truth, oneness, and beauty all help point us towards the greatness of God, but even they, in themselves, represent something of created being, and so have been shown by Dionysius… Read more

October 4, 2018

Creatio ex nihilo, creation out of, or from, nothing, was an important theological point made by early Christians as a way to preserve the absolutely unique dignity of God. It was, in many respects, another way to say there is only one God, one absolute besides which there is nothing else with him in his eternity, echoing the words of Isaiah the prophet: I am the LORD, and there is no other, besides me there is no God; I gird… Read more

October 2, 2018

Lactantius, an educated convert to the Christian faith around 300 CE, made such a great name for himself that Constantine chose him to be the tutor of Crispus, his son. It under such auspices that he wrote his major work, The Divine Institutes, dedicating it in part to Constantine and his family. The work can be seen both as the accumulation of the Christian Latin apologetic tradition as well as the formation of a systematic theology which could be used… Read more

October 1, 2018

The Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, represent three relative relations in God; they do not indicate absolute or substantial distinctions within God. Thus, Peter Lombard in the Sentences explained: These properties are designated by the names of the persons, namely, Father, Son, Holy Spirit, which are relative and are used in relation to each other because they denote relations. They are not accidental to God, but are immutable in the persons themselves from eternity, so that these titles are… Read more

September 28, 2018

Baruch ben Neriah, the friend and secretary of the prophet Jeremiah, found his prophetic mission to be completely intertwined with that of Jeremiah. When Jeremiah was barred from the Temple, Baruch was sent to the Temple to read the Lord’s condemnation of Israel’s sins:  Then Jeremiah called Baruch the son of Neriah, and Baruch wrote upon a scroll at the dictation of Jeremiah all the words of the LORD which he had spoken to him. And Jeremiah ordered Baruch, saying,… Read more

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