Monthly Archives: March 2017

An Introduction to Levinas (Part Six-A)

Presence Note: This is the first half of the sixth part in an ongoing commentary on Emmanuel Levinas’s essay “God and Philosophy” (1974). a) In this section Levinas draws on Husserl and Heidegger to describe “consciousness of . . .”. … Continue reading

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Lenten Readings: Day 20

Dominion For some (well, Star Trek fans) the Dominion is an evil empire from the Delta Quadrant that fought the Federation in Deep Space Nine. For Canadian constitutional historians it is the original name of Canada – the Dominion of … Continue reading

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Lenten Readings: Day 19

Justification By Faith The text from today’s second reading of the Daily Office Lectionary is a passage central in Christian theology, particularly for the reformation. While it was not one of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses (October 31, 2017), the phrase … Continue reading

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Lenten Readings: Day 18

Hoping Against Hope In today’s second reading from the Daily Office Lectionary Paul continues his argument that the faith of Abraham is very different from works, and that grace comes about not by works but through faith. He sees salvation … Continue reading

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Lenten Readings: Day 17

Was Abraham a Gentile? At first glance it seems a strange question. Abraham a Gentile? As the patriarch of patriarchs, the person from  whom all Jews claim descent, one would have described Abraham also as a Jew. And yet, Arabs … Continue reading

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Lenten Readings: Day 16

Grace and Belief: Which Came First? Grace, apart from being a lovely name for a beautiful actress, is the term that is used for the favour of God. Grace might be offered in response to something done, but in the … Continue reading

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Lenten Readings: Day 15

Creating Dilemmas In today’s second reading in the Daily Office Lectionary Paul continues to build up the consequences of relying on good conduct before the Judgement of God. In the first paragraph today (Romans 2.25-29) Paul uses circumcision as the … Continue reading

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