Author Archives: Alura

About Alura

I just do my thing.

Final Fantasy Tactics: The Meaning of Good and the Tragedy of Princess Ovelia

I recently finished my second playthrough of Final Fantasy Tactics (FFT: Complete Mod in particular this time) and since it has been so many years since last playing it, I had forgotten how much the ending left me feeling gutted. … Continue reading

Posted in Culture and Philosophy | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

The Filioque: A Response to Critics

St. Augustine of Hippo, The Lateran, 6th century CE In my previous blog post, I argued that the filioque as initially formulated by Saint Augustine of Hippo was perfectly orthodox. While I expected a great deal of criticism for making … Continue reading

Posted in Roman Catholicism | Tagged , , , , | 15 Comments

The Filioque: A Brief Opinion

St Gall, Stiftsbibliothek MS 382, p. 10 – Nicene Creed in Greek and Latin (mid-tenth or early eleventh century) My position on the filioque, a clause that a number of Latin churches added to the Nicene Creed over the course of … Continue reading

Posted in Roman Catholicism | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

Brief Comments on David Bentley Hart’s Article Concerning the Lord’s Prayer

Recently Professor David Bentley Hart has published an article on the Lord’s Prayer found in Matthew 6:9-13 and Luke 11:2-4. I quite enjoyed the article for its thought-provoking critique of the many present-day Christians, who do not adequately acknowledge the … Continue reading

Posted in History, theology | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Grace, Free Will, & Synergy in Orthodoxy: A Brief Excerpt from St. Faustus of Riez

Over a year ago, I wrote a series of posts concerning Pelagius, St. Augustine, and St. John Cassian’s teachings on grace and free will. As do many Orthodox commentators on this Latin doctrinal debate in the early history of the … Continue reading

Posted in History, theology | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Orthodoxy in Contemporary America

A very fine talk from David Bentley Hart at Fordham University, whereby he discusses the current state of Orthodoxy in America regarding the challenges its faces, and the potential solutions, & the risks of those solutions. He begins speaking around … Continue reading

Posted in Culture and Philosophy | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

I Have Created a Facebook Page

Since my blog is a little over a year old now, I figured that I might as well start a Facebook page for it. I do not want to dabble too much into social media, but I saw this month … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Colin McGinn’s Inborn Knowledge: The Mystery Within

Colin McGinn’s Inborn Knowledge: The Mystery Within is an excellent monograph concerning the merits of rationalism in area of philosophy of mind, particularly concerning whether the mind is either a blank slate, or if it has innate ideas. Clocking in, so-to-speak, at … Continue reading

Posted in Culture and Philosophy | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tychonius of Africa: His Exegesis & Ecclesiology

One of the most underappreciated Latin theologians and Church Fathers today is Tychonius of Africa, who lived during the late fourth century AD. This fact is surprising considering the that Tychonius’ two works, The Book of Rules (Liber regularum) and Exposition on … Continue reading

Posted in History, theology | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Divorce & Remarriage in the Latin West: An Addendum

Many months ago, I made a post on the history of divorce and remarriage in the Latin West during the first millennium. In this post, I presented two Church Fathers, six church councils, and four penitential prescriptions that allow for … Continue reading

Posted in Roman Catholicism | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 14 Comments