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    Hate speech: Anti-Christian Antisemitism

    Hardly a month goes by when I am not subjected to verbal attacks of virulent Anti-Christian hate. So it came as no surprise last night when someone I talk to periodically launched a diatribe against first Christians and then Jews. The speaker was a self identified atheist. He was also a firm...
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    Theodoret on Father, Son and Spirit

    I am using this thread to mine out the content from the works of Theodoret of Cyrus on the Father, Son and Spirit, presented in the original language. It is difficult to extract from a continuous discourse which goes on for thousands of words. This is a page from the edition of Migne. There is a...
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    Mark 11: 23 MajText M. Robinson/Pierpont

    NA27 Mark 11:23 ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν ὅτι ὃς ἂν εἴπῃ τῷ ὄρει τούτῳ· ἄρθητι καὶ βλήθητι εἰς τὴν θάλασσαν, καὶ μὴ διακριθῇ ἐν τῇ καρδίᾳ αὐτοῦ ἀλλὰ πιστεύῃ ὅτι ὃ λαλεῖ γίνεται, ἔσται αὐτῷ. Robinson/Pierpont Mark 11:23[1] αμην γαρ λεγω υμιν οτι ος αν ειπη τω ορει τουτω αρθητι και βληθητι εις την...
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    Theodoret on the procession of the Holy Spirit

    Theodoret demonstrates a reticence to speculate about the procession of the Holy Spirit.
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    Currently reading Theodoret of Cyrus and a thesis: GOD'S IMPASSIBILITY IN THEODORET OF CYRUS’ COMMENTARIES ON THE PAULINE LETTERS Juha Karhulahti 2020 Might have something to say about this later.
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    Theodoret of Cyrus’s Treatise On the Trinity and On the Incarnation

    I detect some ambiguity with "... also, thus to the entire οὐσία and φύσις of God." The controversy between Cyril and the so called 'Nestorians' has been about οὐσία and φύσις of the incarnate Word/Christ Jesus. Now all of the sudden the expression "entire οὐσία and φύσις" is being applied to...
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    Theodore of Mopsuesita on Paul's reference to Sarah & Hagar

    I was tracking down primary sources from Theodore of Mopsuesita which turns out to be a difficult task when I ran across a blog post by someone qualified to talk about Theodore's theory and method of exegesis. Fascinating subject. You will find the post here Theodore of Mopsuestia’s Theoria of...
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    Nestorius' 2nd Epistle to Cyril: part1 The suffering Logos

    Nestorius' Second Letter to Cyril: The problem of the suffering Logos. A new thread for this because it is central to the controversy surrounding Nestorius.
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    The Holy Spirit speaking in the Holy Fathers: Third Epistle of Cyril to Nestorius

    The Holy Spirit speaking in the Holy Fathers: Third Epistle of Cyril to Nestorius[1] A the beginning of the Third Epistle of Cyril to Nestorius[1] he cites the Nicene Creed and then launches into his argument with an amazing statement: A few preliminary questions. What is the referent of ταῖς...
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    Theodoret of Cyrus, Cyril of Alexandria and Nestorius.

    As I was doing some reading in Theodoret of Cyrus it was inevitable that I became once again embroiled in the controversy between Cyril of Alexandria and Nestorius. Finding all the primary sources in the original languages turned out to be a big project. Just tracking down the twelve anathamas...
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    Triumph of the Will: The Reformation's Descent into Narcissism

    While listening to a series of unremarkable lectures on Luther and Erasmus I stumbled upon a lecture at Yale Divinity School entitled: Triumph of the Will: The Reformation's Descent into Narcissism Listen at your own risk.
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    Existential Vacuum: Iben Thranholm talks with Douglas Murray /Grinderslev production

    Iben Thranholm talks with Douglas Murray about the Existential Vacuum /Grinderslev production
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    the enemy of your enemy ...

    Why do I myself enjoying the moral outrage of Douglas Murray or Ayaan Hirsi Ali? Do they have a place to stand? A Place to Stand, D. Elton Trueblood
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    Melito of Sardis citation

    I am having some difficulty tracking down the original language of this citation from Melito of Sardis. I've been back translating portions of this into Greek and searching for it without success. It's quite possible that the source text isn't in Greek but so far I haven't been able to...
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    Metaphysical Oneness Genesis 2:24

    Genesis 2:24 והיו לבשׂר אחד καὶ ἔσονται οἱ δύο εἰς σάρκα μίαν I was driving yesterday evening scanning the FM stations for music and paused momentarily on an exposition of Genesis 2 concerning the creation of man and woman and the institution of marriage. The speaker claimed that "one flesh" in...
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    Noor bin Ladin on burning of Churches in France

    While it wasn't topic of her interview, Noor bin Ladin claims the daily burning of Churches in France and elsewhere is being ignored in the media. I suspect Robert Spencer might have something to say about this. Robert Spencer was a Marxist who got over it.
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    QAnon and C. S. Lewis

    Up until Jan 6, 2021 I had never given a moments notice to anything called QAnon. On Jan 6 2021 I captured a bunch of images of the Q Shaman because I am a photographer. The Q Shaman is obviously aware of how to draw attention with his eye grabbing costume. His image is kind of an icon of the...
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    Jan 6 2021 in DC: 1933 Reichstag Fire

    In 6th grade I became obsessed with WWII. Read The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich William L Shirer and countless other works over 60 years. So while following the events of Jan 6 2021 in DC, and now Jan 19 the 25,000 National Guard in DC and the reasons being given for their presence a...
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    Basil of Caesarea on tohu wa-bohu Gen 1:2

    Basil in Hexaemeron (Homily 2) takes issue with Origen and others about the condition of the cosmos represented in Gen 1:2a. Postscript: What this thread isn't about. Just for laughs here is a link to Waltke who addresses the same text. This is "early-Waltke" and not intended to start a...
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    The Theology and Semantics of Appropriated Language

    A few years back an intermediate textbook on NT Greek was published with a title which included the phrase Going Deeper. I obtained a copy through InterLibLoan and gave the book favorable mention in the language forums. I have no problems with the book. Book titles are marketing decisions rarely...