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Moses Atticizing

“For what is Plato, but Moses atticizing?” —Numenius
τί γάρ ἐστι Πλάτων ἢ Μωσῆς ἀττικίζων;

On the subject of Conor’s Death and Divinization series, Antonio writes a sermon on the conceit of “a holy death, a death reserved for us from the creation of the world.”

Antonio develops the idea of a Sodomite Vocation in fictional form.

In mid-November, a new book by Jonathan is set to be published by Brill on the first principle and the One’s causality in the late Neoplatonists, Proclus and Damascius. Jonathan briefly discusses the book’s study.

In this post Conor continues his examination of how the Christian Platonist should approriate the thought of death. In it he argues that the Platonist should follow Socrates’ example, who saw his own death as a reward for his philosophical ministry.

How would Proclus account for both Christianity’s divine origin and also recognize its opposition to the cult of his own gods? Antonio starts a speculative series on the issue.

Taking his que from Kierkegaard’s At a Graveside, Conor examines how one might appropriate the thought of death within the metaphysical and theological framework of Christian Platonism.

How does the intellect (νοῦς) know God, yet how is God incomprehensible to the intellect? A close study on Maximus the Confessor’s Ambiguum 22, where Maximus adopts an Aristotelian and (pseudo-)Dionysian framework in describing how one does—and doesn’t—know God.

How can a Christian bring together the Trinity and devotion to God qua the soul’s bridegroom? Antonio presents an inspired solution.

Antonio, Conor, and Jonathan discuss some questions about Christian Platonism: what it is, what are some problems now with the idea, and how to think about an initial definition.