The Potted Creed in the Book of Romans

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by Fr. Patrick Henry ReardonAn adequate theological analysis of the Incarnation must devote some attention to the Greek verb gignomai normally translated as "to become." Most often in biblical narratives this verb is used in an impersonal sense, egeneto ("it happened"), the equivalent of the Hebrew ve-yahi.When it refers to the Incarnate Word, however, this verb often indicates a change of ... More...

What the Apostle Paul Learned When He Joined the Church

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by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Several decades ago, when our family was still Episcopalian, a new parishioner remarked that I seemed to have a "high Christology." Responding to my comment that I had no idea what he was talking about, he explained that a high Christology believes in Jesus' pre-existence as God's Son. A "low Christology," on the other hand, believes that the human being Jesus was ... More...

Scripture’s Role in Mystogogy (Initiation into Mystery)

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by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon The doctrine of divine providence is asserted in the biblical thesis that "all things work together for good to those who love God" (Romans 8:28). This "working together" of historical events under divine governance for particular and inter-related purposes is a mystery, in both usual senses of the word. First, divine providence is a mystery in the sense that ... More...

Betrayal with Kisses – What the Love of Silver Hath Wrought

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by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon If Delilah was even half as pretty as Hedy Lamarr, who played her in Cecil B. DeMilles' 1949 film, it is easy to see why Samson was fascinated. Fascinated too, over the centuries, were those many readers of Holy Scripture who found in the tragic romance of Delilah and the Danite the stuff of (as Milton remarks on the subject) "Acts enroll'd/ In copious Legend, or ... More...

Paul and the Church vs. Every Marcion Since Then

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by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon God seems to have chosen the Apostle Paul to demonstrate---arguably more than any other person in Christian history---how the life "in Christ" arrives at insight through experience. That is to say, the reader of the Pauline letters can actually discern, by the study of these letters, how their author, in the circumstances of his life in Christ, came to perceive ... More...