Where Greek Philosophy and Theology Intersect

Philosophy has changed a great deal over the centuries. While today philosophy is often an idle occupation of the undecided undergrad, to be a philosopher in the ancient world was to be a vested guardian and steward of the culture. Philosophers were more like monastics of the early Christian desert, isolating themselves from the world in order to focus on the deeper meaning behind it, emerging solely to prophesy on critical matters of their day. In the scriptures,…

Symbolism and the Devil

For many, a symbol is roughly defined as “an illustration whose purpose can be termed pedagogic or educational.” It merely points to or teaches about an idea, but offers no real connection to anything beyond itself. In Orthodoxy, however, a symbol is a gateway or ‘window’ to something beyond; it truly connects us with that which is signified. Icons, for example, are often called ‘windows to heaven’ in Orthodox literature. While many who…