The Letter to the Hebrews famously contains some of the New Testament's most complex theology. This short paper analyses three verses of chapter five to show that the complexity of the theology is perhaps deliberate and likely to form a part of a cohesive theory of spiritual development through scripture.
All the great works in this world touch us in an ineffable yet powerful way. What is behind the wonder of nature, the grandeur of music, and the beauty of literature? For Kierkegaard, it is passion. The highest passion is faith. A grain of it moves mountains. A taste of it shakes existence. This essay is not supposed to teach logic, truth, or any sort of science. Instead, it is here to open our heart, to face the eternal question of humanity and to explore the great passion by invoking the passion in us!
Adam and Eve and the Goats: Genesis as a History of the Animal
St. John's College, 2017
Sophomore Essay Prize
In my sophomore essay, I tried to shed light on the animal-history hidden in Genesis, looking at, among other things, dominion, naming, sacrifice, and intersubjectivity across species. Though I’ve only effected a series of incomplete sketches, I hope they at least instill the sense that the human creation myth is flat and lifeless if severed from the animal one.