Daily Archives: December 4, 2012

Re-Reading Clement of Alexandria

English: Icon of Jesus Christ

English: Icon of Jesus Christ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you haven’t noticed my hints, I have been re-reading Clement of Alexandria. The first time, it was love at first read, I was critical, and used Clement only for his Logos Christology and his interpretation of the Hebrew Bible/LXX/Old Testament.

Now, my focus is on what I am calling from scripture & Patristic theology, the Darkness of God, a view of transcendence as mystery where God hides behind clouds (like in Exodus) and Jesus serves as the shining in the darkness (transcendence revealed to us, in such texts as John 1). I’ve also seen this cloud/angry YHWH imagery in texts like Lamentations.

Am I off base here? Is it heretical to call it “the darkness of God?” I’m just thinking out loud here.

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Posted to Scribd: My reflections on Divine Omnipotence, Theodicy, and Postcolonialism

English: Cross symbol used by the Huguenots, F...

English: Cross symbol used by the Huguenots, French Protestants in 16th and 17th century. Today It also an official symbol of the Eglise des protestants reformé de France. Deutsch: Hugenottenkreuz auf lila Hintergrund Français : Symbole protestant français (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A couple of years ago I was asked by one of the editors of a Calvinist-leaning online publication to contribute an essay on philosophical theology and divine omnipotence. The aforementioned publication has yet to put this piece of work online, and rather than have this work wasting away in my saved Word files, I decided to share it with the three people who read this blog and those on Scribd.

So without further ado,

The Appalling Meekness of God: A U.S. Black Postcolonial Doctrine of Divine Omnipotence

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