Monthly Archives: September 2015

The Spirit and spirits

Is the Holy Spirit figured by spirits (i.e., Glenlivet)? Of course! The Holy Spirit intoxicates its recipients in a way whose closest earthly analogue is fermented drink (though an analogue that falls far short, and all too often serves only … Continue reading

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Gift of God

In his conversation with the Samaritan Woman, Jesus says, “If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee … Continue reading

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On Achieving Disagreement

In After Strange Gods, Eliot takes a leaf from Newman’s book: “In our time, controversy seems to me, on really fundamental matters, to be futile. It can only usefully be practised where there is common understanding. It requires common assumptions; and … Continue reading

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Exile as Courtship

In Hosea 2, the LORD vents his frustration against his adulterous wife, Israel, threatening to strip away the good gifts he’d given her, which she had used in fornicating with her lovers, the Baals (2:1-13). At 2:14, however, there’s a … Continue reading

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The Baptizer Beheaded at Esther’s Banquet

The Gospel of Mark includes a digression on the execution of John the Baptist, who was imprisoned by Herod Antipas for his incautious remarks about the king’s illicit marriage to his brother’s wife (Mk 6:16-18). Herod was reluctant to kill … Continue reading

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Augustine on the Angels’ Creation

In City of God 11.9, Augustine considers the creation of the angels, or rather, Scripture’s relative lack of attention to it. Genesis doesn’t mention the creation of the angels explicitly, but since Genesis purports to be comprehensive (“created the heavens and the earth,” “rested … Continue reading

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Plato’s Dramatological Dialectics

Catherine Zuckert’s Plato’s Philosophers defends an astonishingly bold thesis: according to her, the attempt, since the nineteenth century, to order Plato’s dialogues in chronological order of composition, and so to interpret them developmentally, is futile and misleading. Futile, because the dating on … Continue reading

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