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Category Archives: Eastern Orthodox Theology

J. Kameron Carter on the Politics of the Visual

J. Kameron Carter has recently posted an extremely interesting piece on the roots of the modern racial and political imaginary in Christian iconography. He draws on Mondzain’s Image, Icon, Economy: The Byzantine Origins of the Contemporary Imaginary, which looks to me to be a must-read. Of course, taking on icons is certainly not an enterprise […]

Understanding 2 Peter through Eastern Orthodoxy

In light of the connection between Eastern Orthodox theology and the themes of 2 Peter, Douglas Harink argues that one must understand 2 Peter in light of the Orthodox tradition, not the other way round. The reason for this is that there is not nearly enough information in 2 Peter to get a handle on […]

2 Peter as “early Orthodoxy”

Should 2 Peter be seen as an example of “early catholicism”? According to Harink, maybe not. The themes of participation in the divine nature, the transfiguration of Christ, and a radical apocalyptic transformation of the world are all strikingly characteristic of Eastern Orthodox theology. Thus, perhaps we should see 2 Peter as a form of […]

Prayers from the East

I’ve recently been perusing a book entitled Prayers from the East, edited by Richard Marsh. The book is a delightful collection of prayers, liturgies, and ceremonies from the Oriental Orthodox Churches (i.e. Armenian, Coptic, Ethiopic, Eritrean, etc.).  Some wonderful liturgical gems to be found here. Such as this prayer which forms the beginning of the […]

Iconoclasm and the Threefold Body of Christ

Peter Leithart has a good post on the Christological issues that attend the problem of venerating ikons. Definitely worth a read. Here’s a quote: The eternal Son is still incarnate as the specific man, Jesus the Christ.  That’s true.  And it’s true also that this Jesus has specific features that we don’t know. But Jesus […]

Eucharist, Eschatology, and World in the Ecclesiology of Bulgakov

My own installment of the 2008 Bulgakov Blog Conference has just been posted over at Land of Unlikeness. I have re-posted it here, but please direct all comments to TOU to support the discussion over there. My thanks to Dan for all his hard work of organizing and patience with us contributors. Here is my […]

Favorite Ikons?

Let’s just be honest: ikons are cool again.  We don’t know when it happened that non-Eastern Orthodox Christians began to be fascinated with the tradition of Christian iconography, but we can certainly see that it is legion today amongst Christians from nearly every sub-tradition of the faith.  Whether we are evangelicals, Catholics, emergent types, or […]

Greatest Orthodox Theologian?

I’ve posted a fair number of favorite theologians lists.  However, one segment of the church that often gets neglected (for a variety of reasons) are the theologians of the Orthodox Churches.  But here let us up the ante a bit.  Who do people think the greatest modern Orthodox theologian was?  For my money the most significant […]

Sergei Bulgakov Blog Conference

Dan and Aron at The Land of Unlikeness have recently announced yet another great looking addition to the repitroire of blog conferences starting up throughout the theoblogosphere.  In addition to the Barth, Balthasar (going on right now), and Bonhoeffer blog conferences that are upcoming, we can now also look forward to the first Sergei Bulgakov Blog […]

Trinity and Hospitality

Most of us have seen Rublev’s ikon of the Hospitality of Abraham in which the Trinity is portrayed as three angelic persons in communion around a table.  Now, of course many of us are predisposed to immediately point out the theological problems with the ikon, the most glaring of which is its seeming portrayal of […]

Why are you what you are?

Bob posted a question for protestants a while back inquiring about why they were not Catholic.  More recently Fr. John Fenton, an Eastern Orthodox priest has asked people to share why they are not Orthodox.  While the comments on these threads have been interesting, the discussions have been structured in a primarily negative way.  They […]

Zizioulas on the Father as Cause

One of the points on which John Zizioulas has been roundly criticized is on his insistence that the Father be understood as the arche of the Trinity.  The Father, on Zizioulas’ view, informed by the Cappadocians, is the ground of the personhood of the Son and the Spirit in a distinctly a-symmetrical way.  The Son […]

David Bentley Hart in one Sentence

Earlier today one of my housemates saw my copy of David Bentley Hart’s The Beauty of the Infinite lying on the table where I was reading, and after looking through it briefly asked me, “So, what’s his main point in this book?” I responded without hesitation:  “Christianity is awesome and beautiful and everything else sucks.”

Some Theses for Ecumenically-Minded Protestants

1.  The breakdown of denominational identity is a terrible ecumenical occurrence and further inhibits the visible unity of the church.  For all their flaws, denominations offer structural and institutional forms which can facilitate ecumenical dialogues.  As to date there is no other protestant proposal that could fulfill this function better.  The multiplication of non-denominational evangelical […]

David Bentley Hart on Modernity

Modern persons will never find rest for their restless hearts without Christ, for modern culture is nothing but the wasteland from which the gods have departed, and so this restlessness has become its own deity; and, deprived of the shelter of the sacred and the consoling myths of sacrifice, the modern person must wander or […]

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