Thralls of the Metronome: The Fall of the Demons into Devastated Time

Eclectic Orthodoxy

“The angels are first among creatures,” writes Paul Griffiths—“first, that is, in time, and first, also, in intimacy with the LORD. When the created order comes into being by the LORD’s fiat, the light that exists before the lights given by the heavenly bodies is angelic light, participant intimately in the light that belongs to the Trinity” (Decreation, p. 132). Like all other creatures, they are spatio-temporal beings, locatable within the beautiful and good cosmos God has made, made from out of nothing cum tempore, with time, unfallen time, what Griffiths calls systolic time, time perfectly attuned to the eternity and beatitude of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Of this unfallen time we may say very little, as the only time we know is the time that was damaged by the fall. Griffiths describes this fallen time metronomic. Metronomic time is chronological, ordered, computable, calculated…

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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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