Wednesday, April 29, 2009

What does "Perichoresis" mean?

TF Torrance provides an account of the Latin reception of this term (perichoresis) with reference to Hilary, and - in the process - clears up the misconception that it is etymologically associated with the notion of dancing. The interpretation of the term with reference to dancing has some limited merit, but it is an interpretive move as opposed to an etymological explanation. In the quotation below I am transliterating the Greek terms on the fly: see Torrance's text for the precise forms.

Thomas F. Torrance, The Christian Doctrine of God: One Being, Three Persons" (Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1996): 169-70.

"Hilary was very familiar with Athanasian and Cappadocian theology which he learned during his exile in the East, and although he wrote in Latin he clearly had in mind the Greek terms and chorein and choretikos in this account of the way in which the Persons of the Holy Trinity reciprocally contain one another while remaining what they are in their otherness from one another. Here we evidently have developed the full concept that was to be given technical expression in the term perichoresis (perichoresis), which like the verb perichorein derives from chorein meaning both 'to go' and 'to make room for' or 'to contain'.*"

*Footnote #8 opens with the following sentence: "Choreo is not to be confused with choreuw which means to dance as in a Greek choros or chorus."

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Repeat?


So, since I'm way too busy trying to finish my semester and get ready for exams to post about theology, I thought that I might as well post briefly about hockey: about the Detroit Red Wings, to be exact. The Wings just completed a sweep of the Columbus Blue Jackets to be the first defending Stanley Cup champions to make it out of the first round of the playoffs in a number of years. That they did so with a sweep bodes well. Of course, this was Columbus' first time ever in the playoffs (the team is only 8 years old), and therefore could not match the Red Wings' considerable playoff experience. They did put up a good fight tonight, with the Wings winning 6-5 with a goal from Franzen during a Wings power play in the last 1.5 minute of the game due to Columbus having too many men on the ice.

In any case, now that the first round is over I can have some peace to get my work done until round 2 beings.

The photo is of Wings captain Nick Lindstrom (the first European captain in the NHL to win the Stanley Cup) in tonight's game. It is a shame that he will likely be passed over for the Norris this year...