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Ambrose Andreano

Ambrose is an Orthodox mystic in the Origenian exegetical tradition who writes biblical commentary, as well as philosophical and theological meditations.
Eschatology

On the Nature of Hell

We know that hell exists, but its nature is far less clear.

Ambrose Andreano
January 19, 2016
Mysticism

On Christian Pacifism

These days it has become a tradition for Christians to value their own protection over theological proclamation to the world. However, this tradition is one of which it is said, “Ye make the word of God of none effect through your tradition."

Ambrose Andreano
May 3, 2019
Florilegium

The Fathers on Original Sin

Quotes from the fathers on the topic of Original Sin

Ambrose Andreano
May 13, 2020
Florilegium

The Fathers on the Ever-Virginity of Mary

Quotes from the fathers about the ever-virginity of Mary

Ambrose Andreano
May 14, 2020
Mysticism

Origen's Mystical Exegesis

I wanted to explore the reasons why the hearts of countless people feel drawn again and again to the writings of this one man, and why it seems that no amount of burning can prevent Origen from rising anew, amidst the flames of papyrus and parchment.

Ambrose Andreano
May 25, 2020
Poetry

Conspirasea

Ambrose Andreano
May 8, 2020
Atonement

Reclaiming the Ransom Theory

Instead of simply viewing Christ like a generic military general, conquering his enemies by brute force, Origen and St. Gregory of Nyssa instead see Christ's military strategy as more comparable to Sun Tzu, intellectually conquering his enemy and winning the war without lifting a finger.

Ambrose Andreano
August 11, 2016
Mysticism

On the Wolf and the Lamb

Who is the wolf except he who sheds blood and destroys souls unto dishonest gain?

Ambrose Andreano
December 18, 2019
Mysticism

The Furnace of God

If heaven is always wherever God is, how can it be anywhere but amidst the fire?

Ambrose Andreano
April 16, 2020
Mysticism

On the Lion and the Lamb

True conquest is not when you take another’s life: baptizing yourself in their blood, it is taking another’s death by baptizing them in your blood.

Ambrose Andreano
March 10, 2020
Mysticism

On the Prodigal Son

When we have fallen from that which is heavenly, the things we receive become things that fall to us. For the Scriptures say these goods “falleth to me.”

Ambrose Andreano
February 24, 2019
Demonology

On Demons

What are demons?

Ambrose Andreano
June 8, 2016
Hermeneutics

The Witch of Endor

Did the witch of Endor really summon Samuel? Or was it a demon in disguise?

Ambrose Andreano
June 20, 2016
Critique

Debunking Myths about Origen

For those who read Origen honestly with the intent to gain insight and wisdom, they walk away (like C.S. Lewis from George MacDonald) calling Origen their master. Or, as Didymus the Blind put it, the 13th apostle.

Ambrose Andreano
September 5, 2018