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Logos as Pronoian: St Athanasius and Natural Science

St Athanasius in Contra Gentes spoke about the illuminated as those who view God’s forethought or “pronoian” by seeing divinity reflected in the pure human nous. In illumination, man views everything in the context of his pure, constant, unchanging union … Continue reading

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LOGOI IN HELL: WHAT IS THE ORTHODOX TEACHING ABOUT ETERNAL DAMNATION, AND HOW DO LOGOI FIT IN?

The Orthodox tradition is silent about whether or not in heaven we will receive any scientific knowledge about proportions in nature that are alleged to correspond to divine forms. In hell, however, we can “live” eternally according to Augustino-Platonic ratios, … 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 THREE: THE PROBLEM OF THE LOGOI OR PREDETERMINATIONS OF GOD

It is very important for anyone who thinks that the logoi doctrine is a bridge between Orthodoxy, on the one hand, and Western metaphysics, on the other hand, to heed what I am about to say: The Orthodox have always … 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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The Incarnate Holy Spirit in the Christian West: Mythical Birds and Potent Potables, Part One

In a recent book I wrote the following: In his Mystagogy of the Holy Spirit, Saint Photius claims that the Western Christian dogma of the filioque leads inexorably to the notion that Christ’s flesh and blood body gives birth to … Continue reading

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