"To contemplate the smallest object is to experience the Trinity: the very being of the object takes us back to the Father; the meaning it expresses, its logos, speaks to us of the Logos, [Christ]; its growth to fullness and beauty reveals the Breath, the Life-Giver, [the Holy Spirit]."
- Olivier Clement, 20th-century French Orthodox theologian, paraphrasing the early church father Maximus the Confessor
(Image: Diagram of the Tetragrammaton and Trinity, from a 12th-century manuscript of Dialogus adversus Judaeus, by Petrus Alphonsi)
Note to My Readers: from mid-June to mid-August (6/18 - 8/20), I will be taking a summer break from posting new articles for my Thursday and Friday slots. This will only affect my Thursday series on the global growth of Christianity, and my Friday series, the "Theological Bestiary" of birds, both of which will resume in late August. During the summer, I'll be dusting off some of my best essays from the first few years of this blog (a decade ago), as well as my verse play "Thus Ends the World," and re-posting them in the Thursday and Friday slots. All other weekdays will continue to feature new material throughout the summer.