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Maximilian Nightingale
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III.2, Hypostases and more
Question 2 in the Tertia Pars is all about the mode of union in the Incarnation. Having read Maximus and things about Maximus lately, I've been careful to listen for any important distinctions between hypostasis and persons, but as far as Saint Thomas is co...
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Maximus, Concrete Universals
Lately, I'm reading a book by von Balthasar on St Maximus the Confessor. It is sometimes very difficult, and my current difficulty is on the meaning of the "concrete universal". For background, when I first encountered philosophy, it was through the mind of...
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Writing a comprehensive theology?
I recently finished writing a paper on the text Theology Today  by the International Theological Commission. The main point of the document was to establish what unifies Catholic theology in the midst of so many diverse "theologies" that are taught all over...
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Pauline Anthropology: Handful of quotes
[This is a just a collection of quotes from the Fathers to help consider one passage. More complete understanding will follow later...] Reading excerpts from St Irenaeus on the nature of man, the following verse from St Paul showed up: "And the God of peace...
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How to be a good minister
Every so often while reading Scripture, there will be a verse that stands out as though it says the most important thing in all of Scripture. Perhaps my favorite one of these is when Jesus speaks to Martha, " Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled abo...
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Rule of Life (and some more on freedom)
I saw that I had recently written a post about freedom which reminded me of further thoughts I had on freedom, which lead me further to think about writing a rule of life . In the early centuries of the Church, whenever Christians got serious about follow t...
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I'm kind of like Descartes sometimes...
(Just so you know, I'm just kind of typing stuff as it comes to mind...) I've been thinking about Descartes lately and problems I have with him. But then I thought about it more and realized that a lot of his problems are my problems too. Among the many thi...
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Freedom is Relative
This may sound obvious, but it seems that whenever one speaks of freedom, it must be understood as freedom from something. These thoughts are inspired in part by my Trinity professor and this letter by Charles DeKoninck: http://www.scribd.com/doc/46162378/L...
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