Not Second Class

If you’re finding discursive and intercessory prayer more “gratifying” and “fulfilling”, there’s certainly nothing wrong in keeping your focus on that. It’s a question, at least in part, of calling and opportunity. A jnanic...

Professing Knowledge

I’m happy to know you found my “World Spirituality” syllabus helpful, though I did have to smile when you talked about “reviving the philosophia perennis within the context of modern academia”. Let’s not get carried away! A revival...

Pure Consciousness

As it happens I reviewed this book—The Innate Capacity: Mysticism, Psychology, and Philosophy (Oxford, 1998)—shortly after it came out. I think you’re right that the idea of “pure consciousness” is an important one when it comes to...

Juxtaposing Tenses

No, the Crucifixion is not an event in time, or at least not solely so, whatever those who like to insist on the “scandal of particularity” may think. On the contrary, “the Lamb [i.e., Christ] was “slain from the foundation of the world”...

Restoration to Our Natural State

There is some dispute on this issue among the Orthodox, but my own position, which has the support of several prominent authorities, is that the guilt of “original sin” is not inherited: every newborn is innocent. I would cite, for example, The Orthodox...