Monthly Archives: January 2012

‘Symbol and Sacrament’ Chapter 5: The Structure of Christian Identity

Symbol and Sacrament Posts: Introduction, Chapter 1, Chapter 2:I, Chapter 2:II, Chapter 3, Chapter 4:I, Chapter 4:II, Chapter 6, Chapter 7 Chauvet has now established the philosophical foundation for his larger project. Now he will turn more directly to the sacraments themselves. The guiding questions will be: … Continue reading

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Header Photos

Several people have asked me about the photos in the header of my blog. They are all my photos, and are all taken within thirty minutes’ walk of my house in Durham. I count myself exceedingly fortunate to live in … Continue reading

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On Tattoos

Most of today has been occupied with reading and other activities, so I haven’t had the time to complete my latest Chauvet post. However, rather than break a run of thirteen days of daily blogging, I thought that I ought … Continue reading

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‘Symbol and Sacrament’ Chapter 4:II: Language and the Body

Symbol and Sacrament Posts: Introduction, Chapter 1, Chapter 2:I, Chapter 2:II, Chapter 3, Chapter 4:I, Chapter 5, Chapter 6, Chapter 7 The Act of Symbolization To illustrate the act of symbolization, Chauvet gives the example of two secret agents who are given two irregular halves of a five-dollar … Continue reading

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‘Symbol and Sacrament’ Chapter 4:I: The Symbol and the Sign

Symbol and Sacrament Posts: Introduction, Chapter 1, Chapter 2:I, Chapter 2:II, Chapter 3, Chapter 4:II, Chapter 5, Chapter 6, Chapter 7 Chauvet has now established the methodological foundation for an understanding of the sacraments as mediations, rather than instruments, ‘as expressive media in which the identification and thus … Continue reading

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Some Quick Thoughts on ‘Biblical Masculinity’ and the ‘Feminized Church’

The subject of ‘biblical masculinity’ has been receiving some discussion in various contexts recently, especially following Mark Driscoll’s recent remarks on the subject. I generally find him an extremely unhelpful voice on the subject of gender, even though I do … Continue reading

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Towards a Kenotic Anthropology Part 2

Within this post I conclude the piece I posted yesterday. I wrote this over four years ago now, and probably wouldn’t express my position in quite the same way today. However, I think that there are some things worth exploring … Continue reading

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Towards a Kenotic Anthropology Part 1

I wrote this piece over four years ago now. I have some reservations about it now, and probably wouldn’t express myself in quite the same way. However, I think that there is something worth exploring here. I will post the … Continue reading

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Rémi Brague on European Identity and the Lessons of the Middle Ages

I read Rémi Brague’s The Legend of the Middle Ages several months ago and highly recommend it to any interested in the period. This particular section came to mind earlier this evening, and I thought that I would post it. … Continue reading

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Visiting Bishop Auckland

A day out in Bishop Auckland with my parents

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