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Giambattista Vico’s Three Ages: A Brief Exposition

Vico is famous for his teaching that all human cultures inevitably develop along the same three stages: an age of gods, an age of heroes, and an age of men. This Vico calls corso e ricorso. What I am offering … Continue reading

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AUGUSTINIAN LOGOI VERSUS ORTHODOX LOGOI: A COMMENT

The logoi spoken of by Augustine are “rationes seminales,” the seeds of development that make sure an embryo develops correctly into an adult (but also, they make sure movements of inanimate objects are orderly). This kind of logoi is fine … Continue reading

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DESULTORY THOUGHTS, PART TWO: EARLY CHURCH FATHERS, HELLENIC WISDOM, AND “PLATONIC ORIENTALISM”

In some early writers like Origen, Clement of Alexandria, and even St. Justin Martyr, we find the idea that the Logos Christ is the completion of a truth that was available in a smaller dose to everyone through reason and … Continue reading

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DESULTORY THOUGHTS ON SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE, AUGUSTINE, LOGOI, POLITICAL THEOLOGY, AND “WHO IS A CHURCH FATHER?”

No Father of the Church has ever held that investigation of nature through the senses per sé renders any  knowledge that exceeds the probable. To aid the seeker in achieving natural theoria in preparation for the vision of God, Clement … Continue reading

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WHAT ARIUS KNEW (AND THE CHRISTIAN WEST STILL DOES NOT): FR. JOHN ROMANIDES ON THE FIRST ECUMENICAL COUNCIL

©James L. Kelley 2017 According to Fr. John Romanides, the First Ecumenical Council was not a convocation of textual critics and careerist ecclesiastics who hoped to use scholarly methods or up-to-date philosophy to understand Church teachings. In other words, they … Continue reading

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“Paul Virilio: For the Love of Speed (Part One)” by James L. Kelley

A window into Paul Virilio’s thought is gained if we consider the French theorist’s fable of the origin of speed. Virilio imagines ancient man’s inner and outer life as set in motion and ever-after conditioned by his ambiguous orientation toward … Continue reading

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