Dispatches on Religion and Reality
Perrenialists and Digressers All,
Welcome to A Perennial Digression, an outlet for the vagabond musings of a recovering academic on the ecclesial margins. I write as a broadly “classical” Christian: I have been Anglican, Eastern Orthodox, and Catholic, and often find it difficult to feel fully at home with neat and tidy ecclesiastical identities. I have two graduate degrees, one as a Master of Arts in Religious Studies and the other as a Master of Arts in Classics, and so also have a fondness for alternative religious and philosophical cultures to my own, especially those I have trained in the study of (Judaism, Greco-Roman civilization, South, and East Asian religions), especially, but also those I hope to build greater competence in over time. For me, theology is not separate from my other interests: talking about philosophy, religious studies, history, poetry, gardening, science, and popular culture is not separate from searching out God’s mystery, because God delights to be and become the world in its multiplicity. I have too many interests, and I would do well to specialize.
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