A Perennial Digression

David Armstrong
Biblical scholarship, classics, theology, philosophy, popular culture, poetry, short stories, and gardening.
Created 01 Jul 2021
  • The Spectral Forum
    11 Oct 2021 • 13 min read • 3 2
    One of the most important things that was ever said to me, as a graduate student in Religious Studies taking a seminar in Theravada Buddhism, was this: we must resist essentializing religion. What my ...
  • Gnosticism and the Otherself
    09 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 3 2
    David, I am kicking myself that, in our recent conversation on gnosticism, I did not mention that, in my humble opinion, The Dark Crystal is probably the senior gnostic fantasy of quality to be produc...
  • De Rebus Magicis
    01 Oct 2021 • 13 min read • 6 2
    Inspired by a recent letter by David Bentley Hart summarizing his articles on Gnosticism. But when he raised his head, I saw in my mind the light of powers beyond number and a boundless cosmos that ha...
  • An Article on The Green Knight over at Pop Culture and Theology
    20 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 2
    Perennialists and Digressers All, I am late on getting a translation out for subscribers; a thousand apologies, and I hope to rectify it this week. In the meantime, here’s a new article over at Pop Cu...
  • The Phoenix in the Fireplace
    19 Sep 2021 • 7 min read • 1 0
    You will remember, of course, that when first we moved into the House at Jove’s Oak we were immediately drawn by the two identical hearths—brick arches with two stove pipe flues sharing a chimney—whic...
  • Women and the Eucharist
    17 Sep 2021 • 12 min read • 6 13
    There has been something of a eucharistic theme to my writing lately. One of the first pieces I wrote for this newsletter was on Paul’s absolutely not Zwinglian theology of the eucharist as pneumatic ...
  • YHWH and Christ Among the Gods
    15 Sep 2021 • 16 min read • 3 1
    Let me put this as bluntly as I can: yes, of course there is pagan influence in the collection of texts that Jews and Christians collectively and separately refer to as “Scripture” or “the Bible.” The...
  • "Psychic Anabasis" with Mark Vernon
    11 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 0
    Perennialists and Digressers All, I’m happy to say that after a needed reschedule on my end, I was finally able to sit down and talk with Mark Vernon. Originally, we were due to speak in August; for u...
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