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We have endeavored to practice the craft of biblical interpretation along the lines of our participative approach, on the premise that all forms of interpretation might be helpfully viewed as forms of participation.  Obviously the precise form of the participation varies with the particular reality in which one is participating.  Participator and that in which one is participating need to…

Readers will likely know that Jesus studies and Christology, like other fields of study, exist within an intense conflict of approaches, stemming from the social and historical vectors noted in the first chapter.  Those interested might benefit from the following map.  Like all maps, it leaves much out; too much detail, and the roadways will not appear.  Since our participative…

What was most surprising to you as this book’s author?
There may yet be further surprises for me as time passes and I think back upon it. But let me share with you where I am on this right now. First, I was invited by the Dean of our local Episcopal Cathedral in Boise, ID, to offer a brief theological workshop…

Your Kin-dom Come: The Lord’s Prayer in a Global Age.  William Thompson-Uberuaga.  Eugene, Oregon: Cascade Books, 2018.
 
The purpose of this book, William Thompson-Uberuaga tells us at the beginning, is the recovery of the “one heart” that unites what Pope John Paul II called the “two lungs” — the Eastern and Western Christian traditions— of the one universal Christian community.  In…

As socialism ascends in popularity across the western world, many are infatuated with the promises it offers. According to a recent Gallup poll, among the Democratic Party, socialism is now more favorable than capitalism (Newport, 2018).
Socialism’s tentacles are have begun the Catholic Church. Reverend Ben Johnson articulated issues pertaining to Catholicism and socialism on the Acton Institute’s website. He explained…




Every theory of doctrinal development assumes a philosophy of history; this is the basic proposition which colors the following essay. But though I think it is true, it is by no means beyond the pale of controversy. This is so, first of all, because the precise nature of doctrinal development is not itself beyond controversy. Furthermore, the “philosophy of history”…

The Incarnation is not an event in History; it’s an event in the Metaxy.
This statement lies at the core of the problem between Voegelin and many Christian students of his work. Had Voegelin been more aware of and appreciative of (Eastern) Orthodox theology he would have been able to cite numerous references to support this claim. The equivalences would have…

I have placed “finality” in quotation marks, since I am not sure it is part of Voegelin’s lexicon. Still I believe it is roughly equivalent to the word “climactic,” for example, which he does use with respect to the “revelation in Christ.” This is found in his relatively later essay “The Gospel and Culture,” along with some other finality-like language…

Being, Becoming, and Metaphysics
The reader will have noticed that we have used the language of “being” throughout this entire book.  The book’s commitment to history and historical consciousness also indicates a commitment to becoming.  Eric Voegelin’s attractive notion of the community of being within the context of humanity’s struggling search for order within history, which we have appropriated, nicely combines…