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"
The Gospel According to Matthew – 2017.08.13 King of the God’s First we must bear in mind that these events never happened. This myth is a metaphor. It is intended to communicate the idea that Jesus is not merely the Son of God, but the king of the gods. In […]Read more "A Homily – Matthew 14:22 – 33 ©"
The Christian Church is a syncretic institution; borrowing language and thought systems, rituals and organization, from every culture it encounters. From the time that Jesus was crucified, to the drafting of Saint Paul’s first letter, the Church was adapting, changing, learning to communicate to an ever-widening audience, synthesizing their diverse beliefs and values, as if […]Read more "On Syncretism and the Synthetic Church – Part II"
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 is controversial among Christian Scholars, and believers. I do […]Read more "On Syncretism And the Synthetic Church – Part I"