Milton devotes the seventh chapter of his Treatise to discussing the Creation, both visible and invisible. He rejects outright the traditional doctrine that dates back to Origin: creatio ex nihilo. Instead, Milton argues from the Scripture that God, the Father, created all things from Himself: creatio ex Deo.
John Milton draws on the Reformed divines in his A Treatise on Christian Doctrine. I am not familiar with Reformed theology, but I do know that he models his treatise off of two divines. If I recall correctly, the classic reformed approach to God is that God is Pure Being; that is, God cannot interact with … Continue reading Milton’s Impersonal Personal God
Curtains, or veils, are an essential aspect of the Divine Liturgy. I know they seem to have fallen out of fashion in some places, but I still believe them to be indispensable. What is the purpose of a curtain? It signifies a separation between that which is holy and that which is not. The origins … Continue reading The Necessity of Curtains
Most English speakers a familiar with Juliet's famous declaration from Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet: What's in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet; (II.2.43-44) It has become a popular colloquialism, but is it true? Are names actually important? Yes. Yes, they are. When I was younger, my mother … Continue reading What’s in a Name?