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Alvin Rapien

Alvin is an Orthodox scholar and theologian whose main interest is the interpretation of Scripture throughout history, with an emphasis on Patristic and Postmodern approaches.
Critique

The Need For A Diacritical Ecumenical Hermeneutic

Dialogue and the art of questioning is itself an acknowledgement of difference, a movement toward understanding the Other who sees from a different horizon, a different perspective.

Alvin Rapien
January 3, 2017
Mysticism

Intro to Negative Theology, Part 1

This series will address three topics: defining apophatic theology through a brief historical approach, the place of apophatic theology in systematic theology, and a brief reception of apophatic theology in modern discourse.

Alvin Rapien
May 12, 2017
Atonement

The "Justice" of God in Athanasius and Irenaeus

This article does not intend to tackle all the issues with penal substitutionary atonement nor its variations, but to relay some insights from Saints Athanasius and Irenaeus regarding the relationship between God and justice.

Alvin Rapien
August 5, 2017
Trinitarianism

The "Monarchy of the Father," Vladimir Lossky, and Pseudo-Dionysius

I propose that Lossky, despite all of his optimism that Pseudo-Dionysius’ apophaticism reinforces the claims of Eastern Orthodox theology, overlooks the implication that this type of apophatic discourse must also render the claims of Eastern Orthodox theology as subject to scrutiny, with the Monarchy of the Father under view in this article.

Alvin Rapien
June 3, 2018
Atonement

A Non-Violent Reading of Anselm's Atonement Theology

What I propose is a “non-violent” approach to Anselm’s theology of atonement, which interprets satisfaction theory (1) in its religious (rather than feudal) context and (2) within Anselm’s broader theology.

Alvin Rapien
August 9, 2016
Eschatology

Theosis in St Augustine

If Augustine is to be fully recovered in modern theological discussions, then his emphasis on the theosis of humanity must be taken into consideration.

Alvin Rapien
July 8, 2017
Critique

The Difficulty Of "Returning to the Fathers"

One should not read the works of the Church Fathers alone or without commentary. Those who approach the writings of the Church Fathers should be careful not to fall into the methodology of an uncritical sola patristica.

Alvin Rapien
February 1, 2016