As a Buddhist you’re puzzled, you say, by the Orthodox doctrine of theosis. How can something that was formerly created now become increatus et increabile? Either it was so from the beginning, or it was not. And how can a man become omniscient, omnipresent, and...

That Crazy, Mixed-Up Sufi

I’m still hoping to add a new page to my weblog describing a few of the highlights of our trip to Mount Athos. God willing, that will happen in the next few weeks. In the meantime, one quick anecdote that may interest and amuse you. As coincidence or Providence...

An Essentialist Approach

Yes, my academic term also begins tomorrow, and I’ve been giving considerable thought in particular to my “Introduction to Religious Studies” course. As you can see from the description on my website, it’s designed to give an undergraduate...

Lustral Water

“When we realize our faults, we must never ask, ‘What should I do?’ because knowledge is itself the cure.” I agree that this citation from Schuon is pertinent to your predicament. What he has in mind, by the way, is a passage from the Bhagavad...

Apples and Oranges

Regarding your challenge to the priest you’ve been talking to that he “show how the Incarnation and Trinity are as self-evident as suffering”, I wonder whether this is a fair demand or whether on the contrary it’s really an apples and oranges...