The above icon is called St. (Holy) Sophia, Wisdom of God. I am not sure from which Church this particular icon originated. There are many such icons all throughout Russia and Ukraine. I have been reading Bulgakov's minor trilogy and have been thinking about St. Sophia. The following is my own simple opinion on this … Continue reading St. Sophia, Wisdom of God
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?