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January 2, 2015

January 2, 2015: Moltmann, Filioque, Penny Floor, UFOs

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Jürgen Moltmann & Filioque
A fellow whom I follow on Twitter recently mentioned that a man named Moltmann has suggested some changes to ‘The Creed’ (which I correctly assumed to be the Nicene Creed). I did a little research and he was referring to German Reformed theologian and professor Jürgen Moltmann, whose work is heavily influenced by social and political philosophy. Being very limited on reading time at the moment, I searched specifically for the aforementioned changes and found this post by PostBarthian, which details very neatly the insertion of a proposed clause into both the Nicene and Apostles Creeds. This clause gives some feel for the life and ministry of Jesus during his life on earth. As part of Sacred Tradition, both Creeds codify certain essential beliefs that, in the age of the first and greatest heresies, preserved the teachings of the Church for the instruction of the faithful. All of the points made in the proposed clause are simple and can easily be supported by Sacred Scripture — that is to say, none of them have been disputed in such a way that would lead to their inclusion in the Creeds from the start. What’s even more interesting to me, though, is that Moltmann strikes the Filioque phrase, that the Holy Ghost proceeded from both the Father and the Son. This is one (very important) dogmatic difference between the Catholic West and the Orthodox East.

The Penny Floor
Speaking of the East, when I think of Greece, Turkey or other places near the Mediterranean, I think of intricate and ornate tile work. And that, in turn, reminds me of something a coworker pinned on Pinterest recently about a couple who laid an entire floor with U.S. pennies. 59,670 pennies to be exact. Of course, they erected a website in honor of this novel idea, with project details, stats, and photos.

UFOs in Ancient Art
It is interesting how things tend to show up in threes. What does the theory that aliens visited the Earth in ancient times have to do with Eastern Orthodoxy, the Filioque, or Mediterranean art? Quite a lot, actually. I don’t watch a lot of TV (I don’t even pay for a subscription service), but I guess the History Channel has a show called Ancient Aliens that attempts to prove this theory through the examination of historical writings, artwork, etc. A site dedicated to debunking the claims made on the show explain here how strange objects painted in the skies over important scenes, such as the Annunciation and the Crucifixion, are not flying saucers at all, but depictions of the sun and the moon, or of God and the Heavenly Host of Angels. The symbolism of these pictures arise from Medieval and Byzantine Christianity. Watch the video embedded on that page, it is fascinating! One of my favorite parts of the video is about the Creation Globe, and how in one painting at least, it resembles the Russian satellite Sputnik. It really depicts how the world was created by the eternal Trinity…which kinda brings us back to the Filioque.

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