In the Sermon the Mount, we find the following injunction:
Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits (Matt 7:15-16).
In every domain of life there are temptations, because sin is of such a nature as to infect everything. This means that even in the domain of theology, where a person is principally concerned with studying God and the things of God, there are temptations of which to be wary. Satan makes his appearance under the guise of an angel of light. Continue reading
My friend JD Walters has recently started a podcast titled “The Ultimist,” which “features interviews with emerging scholars producing cutting-edge research on topics of ultimate concern.” I am his first guest on the podcast, so if you’d like to hear me talk about myself and my research interests for about an hour, check out the link HERE. We talk about universalism and theological method.
M-am născut în America, unde am și crescut și fost educat. Abia de câțiva ani sunt hotărât să învăț să vorbesc limba părinților mei cu o oarecare elocvență și corectitudine gramaticală, ceea ce se găsește foarte rar la copiii emigranților. Mai mult, sunt interesat de a mă perfecționa ca scriitor în limba română. În sensul acesta — cu mențiunea că nu am de unde să fi citit atât de mult cât un român din România — rămân mereu impresionat de Andrei Pleșu ca scriitor. Continue reading
St. Catherine of Siena said that human beings can't live without love, that they are sustained by love because love is the substance of their being, the "stuff" from which they were made. St. Augustine, too, in Confessions II, II.2 says that the wild days of his youth were really a search for reciprocated love. Continue reading
One of the lines of St. Thomas Aquinas's wonderful hymn "Adoro Te Devote" is this:
Credo quidquid dixit Dei Filius,
Nil hoc verbo Veritatis verius.
I believe whatever the Son of God has spoken,
And nothing is truer than this word of Truth.
This is the essence of the intellectual aspect of the Christian faith, I think — to believe whatever the Son of God has said, and to consider His words to be truer than other sort of words. Continue reading