The Great Questions of Life are questions that can unite people across all spiritual traditions. Within the streams of of what Jesus started I find amazing treasures from East to West from Ancient to Postmodern, from orthodox to heterodox, from the official histories and the oral traditions of the faith.
My spiritual life has been deeply nurtured by the theology of the undivided Church (ie from the time before the major schisms began in 1054ad.) This theological mainstream grew largely from the work of C2nd – C3rd leaders, Irenaeus, Origen, Athanasius and the Cappadocian Fathers – Basil the Great, Gregory of Nyssa & Gregory Nazianzus. All Christian churches today recognize that these were the key theologians whose definitive work clarified for posterity the tenets of orthodox Christian belief.
To their theologies of humanity, God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, the apostolic authority and interpretation of the Scriptures, the whole Church is deeply indebted.
We also owe a debt of gratitude to those Church Fathers whose work won them the label of “heretic,” yet whose contributions also carried vital elements of truth and understanding – elements that would be re-discovered and championed by later generations of orthodox believers, once the heat of those earlier conflicts had past. This number would include Origen, Marcion of the Undivided Church; in the East, John Cassian and Gregory Palamas; and in the West, Morgan of Wales, Francis of Assisi, Meister Eckhart and Gilbert Shaw.
These are the streams you will find running through all the following posts and podcasts. Enjoy this river of many streams!