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Radhakrishnan’s Gnostic Christ

Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was a thinker of extraordinary range — the short excerpt one of his works in the Source Book of Indian Philosophy includes quotations from the Upanishads, Shamkara, and the Buddha alongside Plato, the Bible, Plotinus, Eckhart, Calvin, William James, … Continue reading

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Kiss the King

Why does Judas greet Jesus with a kiss? (Matt 26:50) The Lord shortly after insists that everything happening to him is in fulfillment of the Scriptures (26:54) — might that include the betrayer’s kiss? A particularly suggestive text in this regard is … Continue reading

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Jesus Is Not A Human Person

This might be surprising to you (it was to me). After all, surely there’s nothing more orthodox than to affirm that Jesus is fully human! And yet, Aquinas (following others in the Chalcedonian tradition, notably Damascene), insists that while Jesus … Continue reading

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The Threefold Office in Christ and the Church

It’s a classic thesis of Christian theology — especially dear to the Reformed tradition, but with appeal more broadly — that Christ fulfills a threefold office in his temporal mission, of prophet, priest, and king. Jesus sums up the three … Continue reading

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Mark reads Ezekiel 36-37

Some observations on Mark 5:21-43, inspired in part by a sermon delivered this morning at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church by the Rev. Dr. Brooks Graebner. This pericope is one of the famous “Markan sandwiches,” in which one narrative interrupts another … Continue reading

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The Unforgiving Servant

When asked by Peter how many times he should forgive someone who wrongs him, Jesus tells a parable about a servant who, after having been forgiven a debt worth billions of dollars, cruelly throws a colleague in jail over a … Continue reading

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Did the Son of God assume a human being?

Strange though it might seem, Aquinas says “No” (ST III.4.3.c.). The Son assumes our human nature, and that nature is united with the divine in the very person of the Son, which means that the man Jesus isn’t assumed by … Continue reading

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