The Creation of Men and Angels: The creation of the angels

This is the first in a series from Bossuet’s Elevations on the Mysteries. More information on the Bossuet Project is here. God, who is a pure spirit, wanted to create pure spirits like him, who like him live in intelligence and love, who know and love him as he knows and loves himself, who like …

Why Evangelicals Don't Read Philo Judaeus

It’s the New Year again, time to look at something substantive.  This topic may seem a little arcane, but rest assured there’s a grenade with a pin waiting to be pulled. Evangelicals are generally suspicious of the whole concept of relating the Bible to the ancient world around it, except archaeologically.  But there are two …

To the Holy Trinity: The Purest Image in the Rational Creature

Reasoning on in Bossuet’s Elevations on the Mysteries, 2, 4: All of this is dead: the sun, its rays, its heat: a seal, its expression, an image either sculpted or painted. A mirror and the resemblances which object produce are dead things: God made an image most alive from his eternal and pure generation; and, …

My Lord and My God: In the Beginning…

For an introduction, explanation and links to the entire work, click here. We have come a long way through a complicated part of church history to stand where we do. We should note, however, that our main purpose is not a history lesson but to get at the truth of a very important part of …

More on the Image and Likeness in Moses Maimonides

Back in September I posted The Difference Between Image and Likeness in Genesis, which discussed both Orthodox and Jewish concepts of Genesis 1:26.  Recently I received a series of Twitter messages from Y Sher as follows: You understood Maimonides distinction between Image (Tzelem) and Likeness (Dmuth), he seems to equate both to man’s divine capacity …

Catechises and Baptismal Regeneration

This is the second in a sporadic series on the Catechetical Lectures of St. Cyril of Jerusalem.  The first one was Is It Proper to Refer to Christians as Enlightened? If there’s one thing that many Evangelicals agree on, it’s that there’s no baptismal regeneration. On the other hand, Roman Catholics and others live and …