A New Kind Of Death

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by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon However we are to treat the "necessity" Christ ascribes to his Passion, we should not speak of it as a physical necessity. It was not an mere instance of second law of thermodynamics. Nor---to pose the question theologically---can we say that Jesus had to die in the same sense that the rest of us have to die. Although descended in the line from Adam, Christ did not ... More...

The Farce of Feeling Forgiveness

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by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon It may be the case that we have heard the plainest words of Holy Scripture so often that we no longer really hear them. A long but shallow acquaintance with the Bible's most obvious teachings may serve sometimes to deflect, if not actually to dull, even the keen double-edged sword of God's Word. We assume that the point of the divine will has already pierced its way ... More...

Preach The Word

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by the Apostle Paul The 30 (40) Days of Blogging is not far away. Why blog at all? For the same reason you preach. Why preach at all? It's your principle job! "I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great ... More...

On The Failures of “General” Christology

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by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon In orthodox formulations of Christology, there exists an ongoing and apparently irreducible quandary: How should we speak of the obviously "special" quality of Christ's humanity without compromising the principle that he was "made like unto his brethren" (Hebrews 2:17)? Or, to put the question from the opposite direction, how should we express his solidarity ... More...

Adam, Ralph, Moses and Man

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by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Essential to the idea of the Incarnation is what Anscar Vonier called “the assumption that to God mankind is a unity far beyond anything we can conceive.” I will argue, in these reflections, that this unity is biological, psychological, and historical. With respect to biology, perhaps some attention should be given to a recent theory that interprets the ... More...