"Theology is the science of faith. It is the conscious and methodical explanation and explication of the divine revelation received and grasped in faith." ~~Karl Rahner
In Allen’s and Springsted’s Philosophy for Understanding Theology, chapters 7 through 11 builds upon the established philosophies of Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, and Barth. They move to modern philosophies as methods for understanding how man assesses his relationship to The Divine. The authors illustrate in the seventh chapter through several approaches: moderate realism, humanism, hierarchical methodology,... Continue Reading →
Okay! Here's the deal! Do you REALLY care... that I'm not from Montana; that I went to a Baptist university; that I don't like my foods touching each other on my plate; that I'm heterosexual; that I love dogs and not cats; that I have two finches named Drambuie and Benedictine; that I am Republican; that I like tomatoes and spaghetti... Continue Reading →
John Donne penned: "No man is an island, Entire of itself, Every man is a piece of the continent, A part of the main…" There is so much negativity in the world and in the community. There can be so much that can come against us that seeks to tear us down, hurt us, diminish... Continue Reading →
"And the great street of the city was gold, like pure transparent glass." NIV If the great street of the city is paved with the precious gold of a fried egg, it truly WILL be Heaven, indeed!!!
"The common nature of several individuals is distinct from what individuates them as different individuals." Allen & Springsted
“For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.” 1 Corinthians 13:12 NRSV. We arrive with knowledge of God, the One, through Aristotle’s methods: “...as is possible for us... Continue Reading →
Philosophical, ecumenical, and liturgical roles on the holy sacrament of baptism; or how the church fails the church.
"Fill me with your Holy Spirit." "Make me more like you." "Show me your way." These are all phrases that I've said in my life at some point or another. Heartfelt. Impassioned. Sincere. But these are inaccurate. In order to be like Christ, the divine, I must be empty. Void. Bare. Nothing. If I ask... Continue Reading →
It's Tuesday, right? My mind is a jumbled mess! Dimensions of theological study. Sacred theology. Natural theology. Spiritual theology. Philosophical theology. Nothing moves outside of God = unmoved mover >>> Aristotle. Recidivism vs. Relativism. Fukuyama. Adler. Barth. Solzhenitsyn. Nietzsche. Aquinas. Lewis. Pannenberg. Jungel. Plato. The "mystery" of faith. Wisdom of God (Truth). Holiness of God... Continue Reading →
"The heroic minute. It's time to get up, on the dot! Without hesitation, a supernatural thought and . . . up! The heroic minute: here you have a mortification that strengthens your will and does not weaken your body." Josemaria Escriva, The Way, #206.
Alabaster trees huddled as sentinels, guarding the quietly powerful spirit within. The silent soldiers give way to fields of pristine banks of snow. Untrodden by neither human nor animal foot. Nestled amongst the drifts are stone edifices blanketed with white cottony snow. Purity. Knowledge. Answers. Definition.
I dropped my pup off at Animal Lodge in Laurel for the week. I miss her already! She's always so happy and sweet and quiet and gentle. I hope they are good to her there. I left her a fluffy blanket and one of my t-shirts so she can snuggle. I'll see you in a... Continue Reading →