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To What Extent Can Aquinas’ Understanding Of The Trinity Be Termed ‘Apophatic’?

In Karen Kilby’s article ‘Aquinas, the Trinity and the Limits of understanding', Aquinas is consciously apophatic in his way of speaking about God, due to the way he treats aspects of Trinitarian doctrine. This article argues that although Aquinas is informed by a long tradition of apophatic theology, he makes a clear disjuncture from this tradition in at least three important ways. Aquinas nevertheless retreats to apophaticism when attempting merge the neo-Platonic doctrine of Divine simplicity with the Christian doctrine of the trinity.

Religious Film Fears 4: Abandoning Orthodoxy, Paganisation and the Ascendancy of Post-Christian Culture

The popular Hollywood cinema is a precious extra-ecclesiastical resource-cum-entertainment medium than can engage, educate and enlighten an audience, and thus is eminently worthy of proactive utilisation by the profession as quickly as possible. Nor should it be squandered, ignored or derided, especially if discernment, not denial is exercised judiciously.

Religion’s Appeal

In this article, it is inquired which reasons are decisive for acting in accordance with divine commands, and whether these can be regarded as moral reasons; the emphases lies on Christianity. To this effect, the position of God as a – basic – lawgiver is expounded, with special attention to the role His power plays. By means of an account of the grounds given (in the Bible) to obey God, the selfish motives in this respect are brought to light. It is questioned whether any other elements can be discerned, particularly from a meta-ethical perspective.

The Gospel Revisited from Different Semitic “Ifs?

From the Quran and Arabic Language - and all the results apply to Hebraic and Aramaic as well - this paper discusses the real sense of some passages of the Gospel, specially the parable of the Good Samaritan and the episode of Zacchaeus, showing how Exegesis depends on the Semitic distinction between three different “ifs? (certainty, impossibility and doubt) while our Western Languages confound them in only one “if?.

Lonergan, Emergent Evolution and the Cosmic Process

Samuel Alexander identifies the Emergent stages of the process of cosmic development. Bernard Lonergan proposes a cosmic process that develops from stage to stage, with each stage of the process exhibiting greater freedom than the preceding stage, leading to the freedom of humanity to restructure both itself and the world. The complex form of the cosmic process, beginning with the Big Bang, is understandable once the purpose of the process is understood. This purpose is to make possible the free self-creation of new aspects of the being of a created entity, to enable members of that entity to make themselves similar to God in creativity and goodness.

Christian Economic Principles Underlying 21st-Century Practices: Joseph Smith Jr. and Jose Maria Arizmendiarrieta

The 200-year anniversary of Joseph Smith’s birth, commemorated in 2005, brought renewed interest and inquiry among scholars into the theological ideas espoused by the nineteenth-century Mormon prophet. One intriguing comparison, however, that has received scant attention, centers on the economic ideas of Joseph Smith, Jr. and the teachings of Jose Maria Arizmendiarrieta, the Catholic priest who was the guiding inspiration behind the cooperative movement in the Basque country of northern Spain that resulted in today’s Mondragon Corporacion Cooperativa.

Defending von Balthasar’s Apology of Holiness

Balthasar argues that it is impossible to have any knowledge of God or verify the truth of revelation apart from actually living within a Christian faith-stance. The individual outside of this faith-stance (the non-believer) is unable to come to the Christian faith of his or her own accord. In order to perceive revelation, “eyes are needed that are able to perceive the spiritual form.?

Philosophical Objections to the Knowability of Truth: Answering Postmodernism

Contrary to postmodernist argument that objective truth is unknowable, the paper argues persuasively that we can and do have objective knowledge of truth. It is the contention of this paper that though human knowledge is partial/imperfect, it is not a sufficient condition to assume that we cannot have objective knowledge.

Lacan, Kierkegaard, and Repetition

This paper explores the role of Kierkegaard in Lacan’s semiotic mediation of Freudian repetition. I argue that while Lacan explicitly draws upon Kierkegaard’s distinction between recollection and repetition, he misreads repetition. This has the effect of closing down what could be a potentially beneficial dialogue between theology and psychoanalysis.

Homoousios Doctrine and Non-Reductive Models of Consciousness: An Orthodox Christian Look at the Mind/Body Problem

This article will attempt to evaluate [the metaphysics of consciousness] in light of the homoousios doctrine of the orthodox Christian faith. In particular it will explore whether a model other than substance dualism may be consistent with the truth about the nature of God revealed in the Incarnation of Jesus Christ, and thus a reasonable model to explore in consciousness studies.

Gender-Sensitivity In Igbo Culture: A Philosophical Re-appraisal

Our concern here is on gender sensitivity in the Igbo culture. We tried to examine the levels of gender sensitivity in the traditional Igbo society and in the contemporary Igbo society. Our startling discovery is that we had a higher level of sensitivity in the traditional setting than we now have in this contemporary period. The reason is that the irrational approach to the gender question is fast obliterating the differentiation that should exist between the male and the female.

Kierkegaard on Upbuilding, Grace and the God Whom Gives Every Good and Perfect Gift

What I shall argue, in this paper, is that even in the simple, straightforward, and yet extremely important essay: “Strengthening the Inner Being? in Eighteen Upbuilding Discourses, the tension between the individual, freedom and God’s grace is never resolved.

Religious Film Fears 3: Being Sacrilegious, Criticising or Devaluing the Faith

Using textually-based, humanist film criticism as the analytical lens, the critical film and religion literature was reviewed and the additional fears of being sacrilegious, criticising or devaluing the faith was copiously explicated and documented herein. It was concluded that popular films are a worthwhile and exciting pedagogic tool, but they require constant monitoring, vigilance and control by faith communities for integrity, protection and quality assurance reasons. Biblically-based counter-proposals and other anti-film defences were proffered to address this tangible concern. Further research into the exciting interdisciplinary field of religion-and-film was recommended.

Supernaturalism and Historical Study: An Account of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the Dead

Historical studies need not defer to current scientific theory, for the question of the supernatural will never be fully answered by science. Therefore, the supernatural falls within the realm of probability as an explanation for the Resurrection. An argument is provided which proves that a supernatural explanation is the most probable explanation for the Resurrection based on the evidence provided in the canonical and extra-canonical books, and living tradition of the Church.

Metaphorical Theology: An Evangelical Appropriation

Traditionally, evangelicalism has looked upon feminist and ecological theologians with a great deal of suspicion, but this paper will examine and appropriate elements from McFague’s theology in an attempt to incorporate them into an evangelical theological perspective that takes into account the environmental and nuclear challenges facing the world today. With this purpose in mind, critique will be accompanied by evaluation with the intent to draw out methodology and insights that could be used within an evangelical theological context.

Emerging Church Economics

There are too many errors in this book for unsophisticated readers. McLaren’s book has value only to readers who recognize the mistakes but are willing to learn about a position that springs from ideology and a theological framework. For me, the emerging church movement is enough to consider by itself without flawed economics intertwined

Mordecai Kaplan: Rethinking Judaism for the New World

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