An Update, a Wish, and a Church Father

Christ is born! My apologies for no post last week, but with Christmas and everything else I’ve been far too busy. Theophany is within a week as well, so there’s nothing major for today. Furthermore, I want to finish my last post on Madoka, which is looking to be a long one, and as such I’ll probably halt my posting until that’s done (otherwise I don’t know if I’ll ever finish it).

That being said, tomorrow is New Year’s Day, the day in which the Orthodox Church celebrates both the circumcision of Christ as well as St. Basil the Great. For those of you who don’t know, St. Basil is one of the three Cappadocian Fathers (the other two being his close friend St. Gregory the Theologian, and his younger brother St. Gregory of Nyssa) who helped to further develop the doctrine of the Trinity. St. Basil himself was also a large player in the development of monasticism, laying down his cenobitic rule,1 and was also a large advocate for social welfare, setting up monastic-ran basiliads in which the poor were treated for no cost at all. His theology courses throughout the life of the Church and beyond; the basiliads of the fourth century would evolve into what is our modern day hospital. CCEL offers the NFPF translation of his works: at the very least, every Christian – Orthodox or not – should read De Spiritu Sanctu (“On The Holy Spirit”).

I hope you all the best during the coming year!

1 Cenobitic monasticism is the form in where monastics are more communal and live together, as contrast to anchoritic monasticism in where monks are more hermitic in practice.

More Frequent Posting to Come

Dear few readers I have,

I apologize for my lack of content and updates — I have no good excuse as I just constantly relegate this blog to the bottom of my ‘to-do’ list with each passing day. As such, I have decided that I will try and have a new post up at least every Tuesday. Since this is just an announcement I don’t have any new content at this moment, but I will be trying to get one out before the end of the week.

That being said, I did add a new footnote to my dealing with Hebrews 11:1. Take a few seconds to skim it over. Thank you!

A New Home

There’s no real good justification for this relocation other than that most of the blogs I follow are on WordPress, and I got frustrated with changing themes in blogger. This blog of mine will be a continuation of my last (which obviously will now go inactive), and will touch on a variety of subjects all being centered on Orthodox Christianity. Which there will be many theological quibbles (and they certainly will be pretentious), I won’t be setting any other restrictions than that. In other words, you can expect not only more things on the Shroud of Turin, but also anime reviews done through an Orthodox lens. Oh yes, so pretentious.

As of what is to come: I will be re-posting my series on the Shroud of Turin as well as linking videos to the YouTube account they’re posted on (I’m planning on starting a new one for this blog). I’m currently reading more on the Sudarium of Oviedo and plan to write something on that as well. In the long term, I have been asked by a member at my parish to give a lecture in a few months on a subject of my choice. As such, I’ve begun to do some research on the issue of Female Ordination, so if anyone knows any good work on it please send it my way (I have already the articles from Thinking Through Faith and Orthodox Women Speak, as well as Fr. Thomas Hopko’s book and The Mystery of Human Gender and Sexuality from Synaxis Press). I don’t mind material from either side of the debate, though I should mention now that I firmly stand with the teaching of the Church (male only priesthood).

Furthermore, I haven’t given up on writing on atheism. I’m currently reading through Dan Barker’s Godless and have The Christian Delusion on my shelf as well. I’m still convinced that a physicalist world view cannot produce an objective system of morality (and Barker does agree with this conclusion, though he doesn’t think it means much), and that such a worldview is inherently deterministic and thus epistemologically nihilistic. For a final note, my grandmother of 83 years passed away a few weeks ago. If anyone who happens to read this does believe in prayers for the departed, I ask that you remember my yia-yia Alexandra. She was one of the starting points of my journey to Eastern Orthodoxy.

Expect themes to change within the coming week; I’m not totally satisfied with the current one.