Making Sense of Patristic Christological Readings of the Old Testament

Reading the surviving writings of the earliest Christian authors can be challenging, rewarding, and perhaps above all frustrating. What I have found, more quickly than anything else, is just how differently these writers' perspectives and overall patterns of thinking differ from my own. As John Behr frequently puts it in his talks, we have to… Continue reading Making Sense of Patristic Christological Readings of the Old Testament

A Short Memoir on Suicide

It's time that I tell you about my mother. I don't know why I've waited this long. But it has to be because the whole subject brings up my own recurring depression and fears. In light of certain events that have occurred recently, many have confessed their anxiety and depression. I've seen many others say… Continue reading A Short Memoir on Suicide

A Summary of Basil’s Against Eunomius, Book 3

In the prior two books of Against Eunomius, Basil addresses what Eunomius claims about the Father (Book 1) and the Son (Book 2). The major claim that Eunomius has made is that "unbegotten" and "begotten" refer to the substance of the Father and the Son, respectively. Basil disagrees with this central tenet and offers his own… Continue reading A Summary of Basil’s Against Eunomius, Book 3

A Summary of Basil’s Against Eunomius, Book 2

In Book 1 of Against Eunomius, Basil addresses the term "unbegotten." Ultimately, the term means the same as "Father" (1.5), and hence refers to one who always, in eternity, has a Son (1.20; cf. 2:12). Against Eunomius, he says that "unbegotten" does not refer to God's substance (1.15). Book 1 addresses the "God of the universe,"… Continue reading A Summary of Basil’s Against Eunomius, Book 2