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Dear Bishop Alexander & Presbyter Arius…

Dear Bishop Alexander & Presbyter Arius…

According to Gibbon, in the XXIst chapter of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, the emperor Constantine addressed to the leaders of the contending parties of Orthodoxy and Arianism, to Bishop Alexander of Constantinople, and to the presbyter Arius, a “moderating epistle” in which the emperor tells them that they are arguing about “a trifling and subtle question, concerning an incomprehensible point of law“. Later on, Constantine himself became embroiled in those same subtle controversies, but what interests…

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An Investigation Into The Supposed Trinitarianism Of Plato…

An Investigation Into The Supposed Trinitarianism Of Plato…

Here is the passage in the XXIst chapter of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire in which Gibbon discusses Plato’s philosphy and provides an account of how Plato, grappling with the problem of “how a Being purely incorporeal could… mould with a plastic hand the rude and independent chaos”, responded to the problem by developing a trinitarian divinity: The genius of Plato, informed by his own meditation, or by the traditional knowledge of the priests of Egypt, had…

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Thursday 10th May: Mrs M Builds A Mighty Fortress!

Thursday 10th May: Mrs M Builds A Mighty Fortress!

On Wednesday I lengthened out Doctor M’s “History in English” class so that we could finish the book we have been reading over much of the past year, “A Mighty Fortress” by Steven Ozment. It has been an interesting read, although the style leaves much to be desired. Ozment’s conclusions are bold and optimistic, and he rightly gives Guenter Grass and the Green Party “Fundis” some stick for having wanted to perpetuate Germany’s division after 1989, arguing, I think correctly,…

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