Author Archives: Alura

About Alura

I just do my thing.

Netodoxy & Its Apologists: Caveat fidelis

“The wise conceal knowledge, but the mouth of the fool is close to confusion.” – Proverbs 10:14 I have a confession. I despise with an unbridled passion online Christian apologetics. It is a paradoxical sentiment given that so much of … Continue reading

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On the Stupidity of Conciliar Fundamentalism: It Leads to Schism

In a recent article at Orthodox Christian Theology, Craig Truglia wrote that a strong case can be made for defeating the so-called heresy of apokatastasis by invoking the doctrine of conciliar fundamentalism. He had written the article in response to … Continue reading

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That All Shall Be Saved: A Review

David Bentley Hart’s That All Shall Be Saved: Heaven, Hell, and Universal Salvation is a most excellent book that makes a series of compelling arguments in favor of the eventual salvation of all of humanity and that Hell itself is most … Continue reading

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On Recycling Old & Vapid Arguments: Timothy Flanders & the Orthodox Church

One has to be fairly impressed with the article by Timothy Flanders in OnePeterFive about a month ago titled, “I Left Eastern Orthodoxy for the Church Led by Pope Francis, and I don’t Regret It.” For an article whose title ostensibly … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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