Different approaches: East vs West

In relation to my previous post on The Vision of Theophilus, I was doing a little reading and ran across some interestingly sensible comments from a Coptic Orthodox priest on the relationship between faith and scholarship. The source is Be Thou There: The Holy Family’s Journey in Egypt, edited by Gawdat Gabra (American University inContinue reading “Different approaches: East vs West”

St Gregory the Theologian on the Nativity

St Gregory the Theologian here describes some ways in which people should and shouldn’t celebrate the feast of the Nativity: This is our festival, this is the feast we celebrate today, in which God comes to live with human beings, that we may journey toward God, or return—for to speak thus is more exact—that layingContinue reading “St Gregory the Theologian on the Nativity”

The Trisagion

Ἅγιος ὁ Θεός Ἅγιος Ἰσχυρός Ἅγιος Ἀθάνατος ἐλέησον ἡμᾶς Holy God Holy mighty Holy immortal Have mercy on us The above little prayer is one of the great treasures of the ancient Church. It’s called the Trisagion, and appears in the fourth century, after which to the present day it is used in the anaphoraContinue reading “The Trisagion”

Reading about instead of reading

You know what bugs me about my reading habits? I’ve gotten into kind of a rut in which I’m reading good books about great books. The latest example is the Burton-Christie book The Word in the Desert which I mentioned in my previous post, which is a book about the Apophthegmata Patrum, The Sayings ofContinue reading “Reading about instead of reading”

Eastern Orthodox Rules of Biblical Interpretation

Following are the fascinating Nine Rules of Orthodox Biblical Interpretation promulgated in 1786 by Platon, Metropolitan of Moscow, rector of the Moscow Ecclesiastic Academy. Note that the same rules are reflective of the practice of biblical interpretation amongst other groups elsewhere, both before and after the time of Platon. That is, there is nothing peculiarlyContinue reading “Eastern Orthodox Rules of Biblical Interpretation”

I see . . .

Τὸν νυμφῶνά σου βλέπω, Σωτήρ μου κεκοσμημένον, καὶ ἔνδυμα οὐκ ἔχω, ἵνα εἰσέλθω ἐν αὐτῷ, λάμπρυνόν μου τὴν στολὴν τῆς ψυχῆς, Φωτοδότα, καὶ σῶσόν με. I see your Bridal Chamber adorned, O my Saviour, and I have no wedding garment that I may enter therein; make radiant the vesture of my soul, O Giver ofContinue reading “I see . . .”

The things one finds on my desk

On a piece of scrap paper: More on Semler’s particularity: Removing the tie to Israel, little, hated, poor, removes the necessary asceticism from Christianity. It also removes the distinction between oppressor and oppressed, so that, presumably, there is no judgment, a standard in the “Christianity” of “thinking people”, exemplified by an attitude of “I’m okay,Continue reading “The things one finds on my desk”