The Darkness of God

I remember many years ago listening to a dialogue between two theologians, one Protestant and one Orthodox, about our language surrounding light and darkness. The Protestant — I sadly don't remember who the participants were — made the statement that he didn't believe we would be able to successfully address racism in our culture until … Continue reading The Darkness of God

Unsatisfied: The Language of More in St. Gregory of Nyssa

Of all the metaphors for the mystical pursuit of God, the most common is that of love. In fact, mystics and theologians would alike point out that since God is Love, the metaphor actually works the other way around: it's not that the experience of God is like falling in love but rather that all … Continue reading Unsatisfied: The Language of More in St. Gregory of Nyssa

Step by Step: St Gregory of Nyssa on the Life of Moses

While we might say the 'golden age of Christian mysticism' took place in the West after 1100, the roots of this tradition are far older. Today I'd like to go back over seven hundred years before the time of St. Bernard and St. Hildegard and spend some time with St. Gregory of Nyssa, whose Life … Continue reading Step by Step: St Gregory of Nyssa on the Life of Moses