The Gospel According to Matthew – 2017.08.20 Humility There are multiple currents taking place in this passage. First it should be noted that this is the only place in any of the Gospels where Jesus is rebuked and corrected by another person. The woman pleads to Jesus for aid, and […]Read more "A Homily – Matthew 15:21 – 28 ©"
Emergence 2.0 A Novel – In 55 Words a Day Day 225, August 13th, 2017 Chapter One: Paralysis In time he was forgotten, he drifted, unseen by the collective. He disentangled himself emotionally, creating an epistemic, nearly ontological distance between himself and the Continuum. He was removed from the […]Read more "Emergence, In Fifty-five Words – Section Five, 92835670100561474; Part Thirty-one, Silence, Collected Chapters"
Part I The Christian Church emerged from Judaism slowly, over the course of decades. At the earliest moment we are able to distinguish Christians from Jews, Christians had already laid the foundation and were building their “New Jerusalem” on a shifting system of syncretic beliefs. The term syncretism[i] is controversial among Christian […]Read more "On Syncretism And the Synthetic Church – Collected Parts"
The conversion of Saint Constantine and the mythology associated with it, provide an excellent example of the syncretic process at work on a symbolic level, between the state and the church. In Constantine’s conversion narrative we are able to see the complete synthesis of a religious tradition, Christianity, founded on the story of the […]Read more "On Syncretism And the Synthetic Church – Part VI"
In the time of Saint Jerome, the Christian tradition had crossed the threshold of its second major syncretic transformation. This was not a theological, or a philosophical transformation. This was not a liturgical or ritual transformation, though it should be noted that syncretic transformations in each of those spheres was ongoing and continuous. The […]Read more "On Syncretism And the Synthetic Church – Part V"
In the span of years that passed between the lifetimes of Saints Justin and Jerome several Christian theologians rose to positions of prominence through their mastery of Hellenistic philosophy, such as Origin, and Saint Irenaeus of Lyons. These philosophical systems were used with remarkable effect to fend of rival interpretations of Christianity, loosely referred […]Read more "On Syncretism And the Synthetic Church – Part IV"
Sometimes I am meek Too scared to begin the day I wait in my room Dangerous people Prowling, sleepless on the streets Cruel expectationsRead more "Hiding"