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July 26, 2019

Hendrik Willem Mesdag (d. 1915) 

The art of sailing is born of the impossible. It is impossible, by absolutely any means, to sail directly upwind. And yet, the sailor can make his way to any point on the lake or sea that he wants to reach.

The beginning of the sailor’s l...

February 26, 2019

 [George Mullin, c. 1909]

Chapter 8 of Alasdair MacIntyre’s classic, After Virtue, treats in part the problem of the social sciences, and their inability to make any absolutely certain predictions about future human behaviour. MacIntyre argues (correctly) that we cannot...

May 5, 2018

[Bunch of Grapes, by Andrew John Henry Way, 1873]

To make a jug of wine, a grape seed must first have gone into the ground and died in order to begin pushing up vines and leaves and the accoutrement of life. The vine may be left to grow wild, or it may be given a graft...

April 4, 2018

 (Dostoevky's Grave, St Petersburg)

The following is a lightly edited version of my final remarks to the students for a course at Trinity College titled The Theology of Dostoevsky.

Through this course we have treated Dostoevsky as a theologian, doing so in marked defianc...

February 8, 2018

(George Cole, Harvesters at Rest)

God is a God of action, of work, of doing. In the story of Genesis, God spends the vast majority of the seven days of creation on active labour. One is invited to imagine God creating each and every physical thing in the universe, the...

January 5, 2018

Fr Luke lifted the hat brim from his eyes. He did not sit up right away, but shifted slightly until the hammock swayed under him. The gentle rocking, the perfect acceptance of his weight--these were worth enjoying for a moment. He lifted his wrist and looked at his wat...

December 2, 2017

(Image by: Umairkhan9616 [cc])

The swallow had circled the horizon twice already, and not said a word. I stood, just wondering why it would bother to make such an arc, and to begin yet another, without sound. How could it stand that kind of silence, living to see every...

November 11, 2017

This month, a video from me on my approach to studying patristics at the Orthodox School of Theology at Trinity College in Toronto. Hope it entices you to join us!


October 3, 2017

(Photo © Daniel G Opperwall; all rights reserved)

Love is often festal. A baby is born to tears of joy, grows, laughs as she is tossed into the air by her father, perhaps marries and feasts at her marriage, cherishes her friends and family, welcomes children of her own....

August 11, 2017

 (Painting from a Ruysch Still Life)

Contemplation (and a Rose)

It was through the back alley that I was walking, that alley that is lined with overhanging trees and wild growth that smells (in morning dew) of okra and cut grasses and rot. It is cliche to say that it w...

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