I am a seminarian at an Orthodox seminary. I’m a former Ph.D. student, and a former Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Reformed tradition who converted to the Orthodox Church over a decade ago.
This blog is now 10 years old (as of 2020), and it includes some material from previous grad school work, some papers, some sermon excerpts, etc.; it was intended as an outlet of my thoughts on theology (biblical, systematic, historical, philosophical, or any otherwise worthwhile theology), philosophy, and history (particularly Church history). It has had many periods of inactivity, but it’s still here, and I occasionally write something up.
After graduating with a B.A. in Philosophy from Biola University, with an M.Div. from Westminster Seminary California, and becoming eternally ABD for the Ph.D. program in the Philosophy of Religion and Theology department at Claremont Graduate University, I am now at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, preparing to, God willing, serve Christ and His Church as a priest.
The title of the blog refers to St. Gregory of Nyssa’s teaching (particularly in his Life of Moses) on theological ascent. “Moses entered the darkness and then saw God in it.” When “John the sublime, who penetrated into the luminous darkness, says, ‘No one has ever seen God’ (John 1:18), [he is] asserting that knowledge of the divine essence is unattainable not only by human beings but also by every intelligent creature . . . when Moses grew in knowledge, he declared that he had seen God in darkness, that is, that he had then come to know that what is divine is beyond all knowledge and comprehension.”