The Gospel According to Mark – 2018.06.10 The Unity of the Church The gospel reading for today purports to answer a questions concerning the authority of Jesus to cast out demons and devils. Set aside for a moment that we do not live in a world populated by demons and devils. We live in […]Read more "A Homily – Mark 3:20-35 ©"
In a Christian Context An experience is good which heightens the appreciation of beauty, augments the moral will, enhances the discernment of truth, enlarges the capacity to love and serve one’s fellows, exalts the spiritual ideals, and unifies the supreme human motives of time with the eternal plans of the indwelling spirit, all of […]Read more "God, Atheism and the Problem of Evil – Part I"
The Gospel According to Matthew – 2017.09.03 In Good Company The most salient point we should take from this reading is not: The prophecy of Jesus regarding his death in Jerusalem, and the resurrection that followed, this is the propaganda of the church. It is not the suggestion that those […]Read more "A Homily – Matthew 16:21 – 27 ©"
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"
By the Late Fourth century, when Saint Jerome issued his famous question, “What has Athens to do with Jerusalem?” he was looking back on 350 years of Christian syncretization with the categories of Hellenistic philosophy, and calling the Church out for what he perceived to be its failing in this regard, criticizing it, and admonishing […]Read more "On Syncretism And the Synthetic Church – Part III"