Origen, Spirit and Fire: A Thematic Anthology of His Writings

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“Originally published in German in 1938, this highly acclaimed volume presents more than one thousand selections from the various extant writings of Origen, the great Alexandrian theologian. Robert J. Daly has retranslated the majority of these texts from the original Greek and Latin, added the scriptural references in the translated texts and an index, and included updated bibliographical information.”

“This collection has been extremely well translated into English by Fr. Daly and to him a great debt of gratitude is due for having made available the thoughts of one of the greatest of ancient theologians as seen through the eyes of an almost equally prolific successor in the same central Christian enterprise.”–Heythrop Journal

Robert J. Daly, S.J., is professor and director of graduate studies in the theology department of Boston College. He is the author, editor, or translator of numerous works including, Origen: Treatise on the Passover and Dialogue with Heraclides and His Fellow Bishops on the Father, the Son, and the Soul, Heinrich Fries’s Fundamental Theology, and The Eucharist in the West: History and Theology.«

The Image of God – Origen


In his essay on ‘the image of God’ the Roman Christian theologian Origen brings forth his thoughts on the image of God in Man. Utilizing Neoplatonist dynamics Origen reasons that the image of God exists in Man as the vital spirit.


“Consequently that first heaven, which we have called spiritual, is our mind, which is itself spirit; it is our spiritual human being who sees and gazes upon God. But this corporeal heaven, which is called firmament, is our external human being, which sees corporeally.

“Not therefore from works does the root of justice grow, but from the root of justice grows the fruit of works.

“…the one who was made ‘in the image of God’ is our internal human, invisible and incorporeal and incorrupt and immortal.

“We are not commanded to tear out and destroy the natural impulses of the soul, but to purify them, that is, to purge and drive out the dirty and impure things which have come to them by our negligence so that the natural vitality of its own innate power might shine forth.

“We shall be like him’ (cf. Jn 3:2), this likeness is not due to nature but to grace. For example if we say that a portrait is like the one whose image is seen expressed in the portrait, the similarity is due to the quality of the expression – grace -, while in substance the two remain quite different.

*All excerpts have been taken from Origen: Spirit & Fire, The Catholic University of America Press.


The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming


David Wallace-Wells (Goodreads Author)
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The Uninhabitable Earth hits you like a comet, with an overflow of insanely lyrical prose about our pending Armageddon.”–Andrew Solomon, author of The Noonday Demon

It is worse, much worse, than you think. If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible. In California, wildfires now rage year-round, destroying thousands of homes. Across the US, “500-year” storms pummel communities month after month, and floods displace tens of millions annually.

This is only a preview of the changes to come. And they are coming fast. Without a revolution in how billions of humans conduct their lives, parts of the Earth could become close to uninhabitable, and other parts horrifically inhospitable, as soon as the end of this century.

In his travelogue of our near future, David Wallace-Wells brings into stark relief the climate troubles that await–food shortages, refugee emergencies, and other crises that will reshape the globe. But the world will be remade by warming in more profound ways as well, transforming our politics, our culture, our relationship to technology, and our sense of history. It will be all-encompassing, shaping and distorting nearly every aspect of human life as it is lived today.

Like An Inconvenient Truth and Silent Spring before it, The Uninhabitable Earth is both a meditation on the devastation we have brought upon ourselves and an impassioned call to action. For just as the world was brought to the brink of catastrophe within the span of a lifetime, the responsibility to avoid it now belongs to a single generation.

Babel by Kenah Cusanit – Goodreads


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In 1899, Robert Koldewey and his team started their archaeological mission to find the remains of Babylon, one of the most influential cities in human history, and what they dug up changed people’s understanding of ancient history and the Bible (they actually found the Tower of Babel) – oh yes, and on top of that, Koldewey, an architect, revolutionized archaelogical research when it comes to the reconstruction of building structures. So is this the story of a cultural hero? If you want to see the artefacts Koldewey found, especially the overwhelmingly beautiful Ishtar Gate which was constructed by order of Nebuchadnezzar II, you can certainly do so – in the Pergamon Museum, Berlin.

(Quelle: By Rictor Norton – https://www.flickr.com/photos/2406574…, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index…)

I’ve been there, and yes, it is fantastic, but this is stolen art. Up until World War I, European powers were caught in an archaelogical race to plunder historic sights in Asia, stealing artefacts that hold immeasurable value for humanity. The discussion about stolen art is slowly starting to get real attention all over Europe, and particularly major colonial powers like Britain have to confront questions of restitution when it comes to their massive collections of stolen colonial art.

Kenah Cusanit, who studied ancient Near Eastern languages, wrote a debut novel that paints a vivid picture of Koldewey’s expedition, the atmosphere at the site, the political rivalries, the expectations in Europe where the war was approaching, and the attitude of the West towards Eastern cultures during the early 20th century – this is a twisted adventure novel with historical and cultural commentary. Often, the text is very funny when it highlights the absurdity of the German bureaucracy trying to orchestrate an expedition in what is now Iraq that requires a lot of diplomacy on site and that attempts to find, order, catalogue and pack up a part of human history. Accordingly, Koldewey, our main character, spends most of the day we accompany him lying down with what he suspects to be appendicitis while Berlin is desperately trying to make him write a final time table for his endeavors.

Some papers have complained about Cusanit’s rich and elaborate language and found it slightly pretentious, but I have to contradict: Just like the Euphrates that is described right at the beginning of the novel, the language flows slowly under a thick narrative heat, swirling up clay and measuring Mesopotamia – it’s very fitting. Generally, the book offers a brilliant concept and it is very timely, but the idea is slightly better than its execution. Sometimes, the story is not dense enough, which is particularly challenging because it contains (and has to contain, in oder to be fully understood) so much information.

Still, this book is clearly recommended, and I hope the foreign rights will sell quickly, because this is a conversation to be had all over Europe. 

Utopia for Realists


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Utopia for Realists
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Author Rutger Bregman
Audio read by Peter Noble
Original title Gratis geld voor iedereen
Translator Elizabeth Manton
Country Netherlands
Language Dutch
Publisher De Correspondent
Publication date
November 2016
Media type Print
Pages 288
ISBN 978-9082520347

Utopia for Realists: The Case for a Universal Basic Income, Open Borders, and a 15-hour Workweek(alternatively subtitled And How We Can Get There and How We Can Build the Ideal World) is a book by Dutch popular historian Rutger Bregman.[1] It was originally written as articles in Dutch for a virtual journal, De Correspondent and was since compiled and published,[2] and translated into several languages. It offers a critical proposal that it claims is a practical approach to reconstructing modern society to promote a more productive and equitable life based on three core ideas:

As a result of the advance of international trade and economic science in recent decades, globalization has radically transformed the traditional social and economic order from smaller, connected nations to a new world economy which, while already demonstrably capable of rescuing millions of people from poverty, could be extended to the entire human race.[3]

However, the new global system unfairly compensates a few rich countries,[4] and, with the progressive substitution of human capital with automation and robotics,[5] has also generated an increase in inequality, both between the investment community and its workforce[6] within the G20 states as well as between developed countries and their developing neighbours.


Each idea is supported by multiple academic studies and anecdotal evidence including numerous success stories. For example, it quotes


Bregman points out that many imperatives of modern law were once highly controversial proposals, perhaps even abhorrent innovations:

The author finally tries to provide a critical balance between socialist ideals of caring and sharing, the conservative impetus of directive leadership, and liberal concepts of equality and freedom. He claims there are proven solutions waiting to be implemented, lacking only political courage and financial backing.