Why the Doctrine of Inseparable Operations Matters – Opera Ad Extra: The Inseparable Works of the Triune God

Source: Why the Doctrine of Inseparable Operations Matters – Opera Ad Extra: The Inseparable Works of the Triune God

Some good theological stuff from Dr Adonis Vidu, Associate Professor at Gordon-Conwell Seminary in Boston.

Charles C. Twombly – Perichoresis and Personhood. God, Christ and Salvation in John of Damascus

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Wipf & Stock is going to publish by the end of February 2015 the PhD thesis of my virtual friend Charles Twombly, on perichoresis in John of Damascus, an excelent piece of academic work that I have used with great benefit in my own research on perichoresis in Staniloae.

I can hardly wait to see the book. Congratulations, Charles.

Richard Rohr – The Trinity as a Circle Dance

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The fourth-century Cappadocian Fathers tried to communicate this notion of life as mutual participation by calling the Trinitarian flow a “circle dance” (perichoresis) between the three. They were saying that whatever is going on in God is a flow that’s like a dance; and God is not just the dancer, God is the dance itself! The Incarnation is a movement—Jesus comes forth from the Father and the Holy Spirit to take us back with him into this eternal embrace, from which we first came (John 14:3). We are invited to join in the dance and have participatory knowledge of God through the Trinity.

Trinity is the very nature of God, and this God is a circle dance, a centrifugal force flowing outward, and then drawing all things into the dance centripetally. If this God names himself/herself in creation and in reality then there must be a “family resemblance” between everything else and the nature of the heart of God. Continue reading “Richard Rohr – The Trinity as a Circle Dance”

Charles Twombly – Pelagius and His Nemesis, Augustine: A Tale of Two Temperaments

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Pelagius and Augustine

Pelagius was an amiable chap,
A nice man on the whole.
He thought that we had all the stuff
We needed for our soul.
The sacraments were extra help
That some need more than others;
But most of us can do just fine,
Especially with good mothers.

Augustine had a good mom too,
Though she could scheme and plan.
Might be the reason he took off
To live in another land.
Now they live in America
But still live far away;
‘Gus now lives in Florida;
Monica’s near LA. Continue reading “Charles Twombly – Pelagius and His Nemesis, Augustine: A Tale of Two Temperaments”

Perichoresis in Music

1. Michael Alcorn – Perichoresis 1990 for Wind Quintet

Michael Alcorn
Prof. Michael Alcorn

While I was working on my doctoral research, on the topic of the Patristic concept of perichoresis, as applied to ecclesiology,  I came across a musical piece by Northern  Irish composer Michael Alcorn, Head of the School of Creative Arts at Queen’s University in Belfast. Continue reading “Perichoresis in Music”

O recenzie ratata

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Prin intermediul unui link la un articol al meu pe acest blog, am aflat ca Pr. Piciorus, posesorul blogului Teologie pentru azi, mi-a facut ‘cinstea’ de a ma firitisi cu o pretinsa ‘recenzie’ la teza mea de doctorat: Un model perihoretic al Bisericii. Eclesiologia trinitara a lui Dumitru Staniloae., publicata in 22012 de Editura Lambert, din Saarbrucken.

Voi argumenta pe scurt, mai jos, de ce cred ca nu avem de-a face cu o recenzie, in sensul academic al cuvintului, ci, in cel mai bun caz, cu o incercare ratata. In fapt, avem de-a face cu un text tezist, cu caracter polemic sectar, in nota obisnuita a parintelui. Dumnezeu sa-l ierte!

Autorul incepe halucinant, cu observatia ca doctoratul meu nu este in teologie, ci in… filosofie (PhD = Doctor of Philosophy). Domnia sa isi vadeste prin aceasta afirmatie absoluta ignoranta cu privire la terminologia academica din spatiul anglo-saxon. Continue reading “O recenzie ratata”

Desi extraordinar de atragatoare si de fertila, dansul ca metafora a relatiei intre cele trei persoane divine (perichoresis) se bazeaza pe o etimologie gresita. AStfel, termenul teologic nu vine de la grecescul ‘choreUo’, a dansa, ci de la ‘choreo’, a face loc (pentru altul), a contine, etc., de unde deducem ca ‘perichoresis’ inseamna NU a ‘dansa unul in jurul celorlalti’, ci ‘a face loc pentru altii, a (se) intrepatrunde.
Oricum, chiar daca e asa. analogia s-a dicedit fertila atit sub raport teologic cit si spiritual si artistic.

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Darrow Miller (pe care l-am ȋntȃlnit chiar ȋn acest an la Poiana Brașov) ne invitǎ, prin intermediul unor autori interesanți, sǎ reflectǎm ȋntr-un mod mai puțin didactic la misterul Trinitǎții și la acel concept, prea puțin vehiculat ȋntre evanghelicii romȃni, de perichoresis.

Din cartea sa Crescȃnd națiunile ( Editura Aureo Oradea, 2010 – pag.119) – dedicatǎ condiției femeii ȋn societate și ȋn bisericǎ, din perspectiva diferitelor culturi ȋn spațiu și ȋn timp, dar și din perspectivǎ biblicǎ (subiect arzǎtor, nu-i așa?) – rețin aceste fragmente pe tema rolului Sfintei Treimi ȋn modelarea relațiilor dintre noi, oamenii, ȋncepȃnd din bisericǎ, fǎrǎ a ocoli ceea ce noi numim ȋncǎ cu nostalgie, dacǎ nu cu inconștiențǎ, “culturǎ creștinǎ”.

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Natura Trinitarianǎ a lui Dumnezeu, așa cum aratǎ aceste aspecte ale creației, este cu nimc mai puțin decȃt staticǎ. Clark Pinnok scrie:

Teologii timpurii vorbeau despre Trinitate ca despre un dans, ca…

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