What Is the Message of Jesus Christ?

Jesus Christ

Many people suspect that the religion we call “Christianity” has diverged significantly from the actual, spiritual message of Jesus Christ. But what is the message of Jesus Christ? Although mainstream Christianity has not yet appreciated the depth of wisdom within the ancient Christian texts found at Nag Hammadi, I happen to love this message from … Read more

How Does Omnipresence Work?

Hagia Sophia

The term “omnipresence” has become cold and abstract, rattled off in a chain of impressive-sounding predicates, like a used car salesman hyping up a luxury model. It is usually defined as the property of being present everywhere at once. But what does “present” really mean? Present in what way? How does omnipresence work? As it … Read more

What is the Answer to the Problem of Evil?

Night Sky

What is the Answer to the Problem of Evil? Is there one? Could any answer ever satisfy the soul of a sane and ethical person? For Christians, God is pure Grace. God is in all things. Therefore, there is Grace to be found in all things. The same logic applies to Love and Beauty and … Read more

How Does Emanation Work in Christian Theology?

Flashlight

Wisdom 7:25 describes Wisdom as “a pure emanation of the glory of the Almighty.” What is an emanation in this context? What does it mean that Wisdom emanates from God? We see the concept of emanation constantly in Neoplatonism, but how does emanation work in Christian theology? Here’s a metaphor I find helpful to my … Read more

From Atheist to Christian: How I went from One Heresy to Another

Christ

Why Am I a Christian? Here’s the story of how I went from atheist to Christian heretic. First I must state how strange it is to describe myself as “a Christian.” It feels much more comfortable to call myself “someone interested in Christianity” or “someone fascinated by Christianity.”  My fascination is like a religious anthropologist. … Read more

Is God Within Us?

God Within Us

“I have called this center the self. … an unknowable essence which we cannot grasp as such, since by definition it transcends our powers of comprehension. It might equally well be called the ‘God within us.’…” ~ C.G. Jung  I agree with Jung entirely with this statement, with one exception: the center is not just … Read more

What Does It Mean to Know God?

Gregory Palamas

What does it mean to know God? Infinite knowing, infinite being; this is usually considered the nature of Absoluteness. The contemporary philosophical movement called speculative realism is a non-theological recognition of the necessity of the Absolute to account for the ground of Being. Yet do I really know there to be an Absolute? Can I … Read more