A Perennial Digression

David Armstrong
Biblical scholarship, classics, theology, philosophy, popular culture, poetry, short stories, and gardening.
Created 01 Jul 2021
  • Thanksgivings, Futures, and an Appeal
    31 Dec 2021 • 3 min read • 4 1
    Perennialists and Digressers All, Well, as experiments go, A Perennial Digression—both in the Substack newsletter and the YouTube channel—have been among my better ones. The idea had two origins. Firs...
  • Anatta and Epektasis
    22 Dec 2021 • 11 min read • 8 6
    Most people, if they know anything about Greek philosophy, probably know something about Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, the three primary philosophers whose work survives that bridge the end of Greec...
  • Ahimsa and Apocalyptic Violence
    12 Dec 2021 • 15 min read • 6 1
    In my last article, I mentioned towards the end that ahimsa can often be a luxury of those with nothing to lose in the world; indeed, more to the point, exterior renunciation or an interior detachment...
  • Kṣitigarbha, Lazarus, and Christ
    02 Dec 2021 • 8 min read • 8 3
    I was recently arrested by the following image, which gave me the most curious and in some ways splendorous dream: First, the dream: I was in hell. Not, mind you, an ancient hell: not a subterranean h...
  • Ahimsa
    20 Nov 2021 • 13 min read • 8 2
    The moral superiority of Jainism to most other world religious traditions, at least at the level of theory, is obvious to me. Jainism traces itself to the life and teachings of Vardhamana, known to hi...
  • Words, Signs, and Things
    02 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 0
    A Brief Word about St. Augustine One of the unfortunate elements of becoming a Church Father is that one’s hagiography usually fails to fully encompass the essentials of one’s lived life. Origen of Al...
  • The Wells of Space, Pars Secunda
    30 Oct 2021 • 8 min read • 1 0
    Continuatum a parte prima. Monstrosity beguiles, for its alienating, otherworldly horror unveils something to the mind that we take great pains to hide in day-to-day life—often, the ravenous ugliness ...
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