Utility or Glory? Charles Darwin and the Apostles’ Creed

In this lecture the Rev. Dr. David Widdicombe compares Darwin’s latitudinarian Anglicanism and the metaphysical assumptions implicit in his scientific perspective to the vastly different Incarnational/Trinitarian and contemplative cosmology of the early Church. This lecture was given on Thursday, September 12, 7:30 p.m. at Saint Margaret’s Anglican Church. Listen to the lecture below and explore…

Born out of Due Time

Works Reviewed: Erik Peterson Theological Tractates (edited, translated and with an introduction by Michael J. Hollerich) Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, 2011, xxx +256 pages. The term ‘political theology’ can be strikingly disconcerting, particularly when bandied about with a relaxed familiarity. Does it not suggest an unwarranted conflation of temporality and eternity? While all beliefs…

Allegoria Amoris: A Christian Ethics

“…we can either view the images, forms and deferrals of meanings, the textuality of this world, as caught between two aporias — incarnation and death — or we can view the textuality of this world as a hiatus within the economy of love within the Trinity. The textuality of this world is a product of…

The Humility of Faith

‘Veni, vidi, vici.’ Such was Julius Ceasar’s laconic report following his defeat of Pharnaces II of Pontus after a short campaign in 47 BC. ‘I came, I saw, I conquered.’ How different the words that Karl Barth places in the mouth of the Apostle Paul at his conversion. ‘In the depths, the height on which…

Mary from Creche to Cross

Falling as it does exactly nine months before Christmas, the 25th of March is typically the Feast of the Annunciation. It is the day we remember and celebrate the gracious intervention of God in the life of Mary as recorded by Luke; an intervention that transformed her from Mary of Nazareth, a nondescript, betrothed teenager,…

Who’s To Blame?

And some came at that very time who told him of the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifice. Luke 13:1 In his answer to this reported tragedy, Jesus appears to assume that these bringers of bad news are asking a question about who is to blame for human suffering. Is suffering a…

Not By Bread Alone

What is the meaning of life? If Transfiguration Sunday is when the Church each year makes its universal declaration about the final dignity, honour, and destiny of the human race, here in the wilderness temptation is where it makes its most deliberate statement about the meaning and purpose of human life. Man shall not live…