Logismoi

I'm sorry to hear you've been under siege once again. Your university obviously makes a conservative's life much more difficult than I have it here in South Carolina. This is in part, however, simply the fortunate result of my rank and professional standing and not...

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Solution No. 3

Is there such a thing as an esoteric Christianity, or did Christ overcome and abolish all such distinctions? It seems to me the answer to your question is … yes! While it is true that in Christ “the middle wall of partition” has been “broken down” (Ephesians 2:14), St...

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Definition of a Saint

I recently came across the following definition, apropos our discussion of holiness, and thought you would be as interested—and as chastened!—as I. It comes from Dumitru Staniloe's book The Experience of God. I have made a few alterations in the translation. In the...

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Beneficial Under Any Condition

If invocation without full attention were an “insult” to God, I’m afraid all but a very few of the saints and sages would be guilty. Who of the rest of us can make it through even a short session of formal prayer without the mind wandering and having to be brought...

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All and None

Am I “content” with Schuon’s “interpretatations” of the Trinity? It seems to me your question is tantamount to asking: “Is there more than one way in which to envisage the Trinity?” And of course the answer is yes. Schuon’s interpretations, as you call them—each of...

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The Unavoidable “He”

What do I advise you to do when it comes to linguistic politics? I suppose I would advise you to keep a low profile for now, certainly until you get your degree, and perhaps, depending on where you get a job, until you are tenured. As the great Crossett once told me,...

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One and the Same

Yes, I can see your problem. It’s so very easy for us to misunderstand or misconstrue the nature of someone else’s experience, what you call their “subjective reality”, based (as our interpretation must be) on the words they use to describe it. I’m in the midst of a...

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Nothing to Fear

“Christianity makes me feel threatened”, you say. Forgive me, but I think this is simply a holdover from your evangelical past. There’s nothing of the sort in Orthodoxy. God doesn’t “threaten” or “punish”, nor does He ever get “angry”; these anthropomorphic...

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Yin and Yang in the Altar

Without doubt there were deaconesses in the early Church. What you call the “liturgical and pastoral functions” of these women never included, however—and in an Orthodox context never could include—“leading a service”. An all-male priesthood has always been the norm...

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Seeing the Life Above

You are struggling, you say, with belief in an afterlife. There are a variety of reassurances one might provide. How I might address a given interlocutor (including you) depends on what sort of background and what set of assumptions he brings to the conversation. I...

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