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.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Quote of the Week

"It was necessary for us that God should take flesh and die so that we might have new life....Nothing can equal the miracle of my salvation; a few drops of blood redeem the whole universe!"

- Gregory of Nazianzus, also known as "Gregory the Theologian," a 4th-century church father and patriarch of Constantinople, one of the most important figures in the whole history of Christianity

(Painting: Detail from "La Descente de Croix," by a Stauffenberg master, 14th cent.)

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