St Isaac the Syrian and the Triumphant Love of God

Eclectic Orthodoxy

How do we proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ as good news that liberates and transforms? How do we tell the narrative of the Savior in such a way that the kingdom of God is made present?  These are the questions to which I will be speaking in this three-part series. Underlying the series is a simple premise: how we understand the conclusion of the gospel story will necessarily inform and shape how we tell the story.

St Isaac the Syrian is known and celebrated as above all a mystical theologian of divine love. He delights in speaking of the unconditional love of God. No doubt this is why his discourses have captured the hearts of so many Christian believers over the centuries. As Met Hilarion Alfeyev writes: “In Isaac’s understanding, God is above all immeasurable and boundless love. The conviction that God is love dominates Isaac’s thought: it…

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About jamesbradfordpate

My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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