September 7, 2010 2 Comments
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A little background. I was raised Protestant, as most of you know, and then went Calvinist, and while I was a Calvinist, I was heavily involved in reconstructionist theology, which lays massive stress on biblical Law. This background prepared me for Catholicism, and I converted in 2003. After 4-5 years of Catholicism I became particularly interested in liturgy and Eastern theology, and it’s contrast with Western theology. Immersed heavily in Thomism and then the Eastern Fathers, I focused on apophatic theology and essence – energy, as many of you know. The last two years, I have become particularly interested in race, Hellenism, and the relationship between Judiasm and Christianity, and that ever-presistent issue of the continuity between Old Testament and New Testament. Indeed, it even seems to me that the reconstructionists seem to have a thing for Jewish-ish penal sanctions, while the Catholics and Orthodox don’t really care for that, but really dig Jewish-ish liturgical ideas. So the last 8 months or so, I’ve read about 10 books on Jewish theology.
But that’s an oversimplification. I already know all about typology, so we can avoid benign responses such as, ”well, it’s a type,” and get to the nitty gritty. I am asking some questions on a bit more difficult level (though that is related). Again, the first thing that became difficult for me was the Cappadocian conceptions of the Trinity as compared with Augustine and Thomas, which seem more sensible, but also don’t seem to be free from all difficulties. And so I list my difficulties, beginning with theology proper (God) and branching out from there.