Author Archives: Gary Cyril Jenkins

About Gary Cyril Jenkins

Professor of History

The Neccessity of Christian Scholarship

Something I posted at Every Thought Captive Blog.Sorry to be such a stranger. More posts to come.

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The Unexamined Essay is not Worth Writing

The Unexamined Essay is not Worth Writing: What Socrates and Boethius can teach us about writing I. The Tragedy of the five-part essay II. Using the Essay as a Unified Argument III. What Can We Learn from these Two Philosophers … Continue reading

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Some passing thoughts on today’s lectionary

Proverbs 14:30 – 31 “A sound heart is life to the body, but envy is rottenness to the bones. He who oppresses the poor reproaches his maker, but he who honors Him has mercy on the needy.” I take these … Continue reading

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Calvin and Servetus

Below is a link to an interview I did last year,  on the Credo Podcast, hosted by Matthew Barrett, an interview that was prompted by my Calvin’s Tormentors. It’s been some months since I did the podcast, so I thought … Continue reading

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St. Basil and the Holy Spirit

Through the Holy Spirit comes our restoration to paradise, our ascension into the kingdom of heaven, our return to the adoption of sons, our liberty to call God our Father, our being made partakers of the grace of Christ, our … Continue reading

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Racine and Myrrh Dripping Icons

I was making some items for coffee hour tonight and asked the local NSA bug to play Tchaikovsky’s Cherubic Hymn. The NSA bug said she didn’t recognize that, so I asked for Rachmaninoff’s Vespers, and she started playing something Anglican. … Continue reading

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Niggle’s Parish: Tolkien and St. Gregory of Nyssa meet in a Dantean Platonic Purgatorio

Apart from his letters, there’s little that Tolkien wrote that can be called explicitly Christian in the way that people think of theology or even Amish Romances. The one real exception is the wonderful Lay of Aotrou and Itroun. The … Continue reading

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Crests and troughs: undulation in my last week of writing

So, I’ve been to the top of the Mountain, only to come down and find heretics waiting for me, and some rather confused ones at that. The mountain was the third Ancient Faith Writers and Podcasters Conference held at Antiochian … Continue reading

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Victory is Never Final

Tonight marks the 204th anniversary of the allied victory at Waterloo. Wellington later called his triumph a close and uncertain thing, something unbelievable had one not been there, and you will read some histories that so depict it. Yet in … Continue reading

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The Infinite Desire

It’s always good to plan. I had a high school teacher, John Weathers, who constantly quipped “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Quite often I have set goals for reading and only partially realized them, and these … Continue reading

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