THE VOICE OF THE EAGLE
Offered via Zoom
Facilitated By Frank Mills, Celtic Professor
(Registration Link Below)
This four week course, which takes its name, from the beginning words of John Scotus Eriugena’s Prologue to the Gospel of John, “The voice of the spiritual eagle strikes in the hearing of the church,” is an introductory work that explores the man, his works, his Christology, and most importantly, is Celtic-influenced world view. Eriugena was a visionary Irish mystic, philosopher, theologian (although not trained as a theologian), writer, and poet.
Over the years he has had his distractors who claimed that he downgraded the importance of the cross and the resurrection, or worse yet, that he was a pantheist. Lately, added to the charges, is his Christian Universalist viewpoint.
The problem, as we will come to understand during course is that our Western mindset has trouble grasping Eriugena’s Celtic-influenced mysticism and how that colored his work. We will see that Eriugena was a solidly orthodox Christian whose philosophy and theology began with the Incarnation with an emphasis on nature, not the cross and the resurrection. For Eriugena, Christianity is rooted in God’s philanthrophia in creating, sustaining, and restoring the cosmos.
October 23rd & 30th
November 2nd &9th
7:00 pm MST