The last book by the late, great Patrick Collinson. Due imminently.


Owen and Thomism

April 19, 2012

I thought it would be worth posting a link to Christopher Cleveland’s doctoral thesis on Thomism in John Owen. I know how much Diatheke’s readers – both of you  – like Owen. This has only recently become available online. You heard it here first!

It seems impossible to link directly to the relevant page, so this is how you get there:

Go to http://digitool.abdn.ac.uk
Select ‘Research Theses’
Then select ‘Divinity, History and Philosophy’
Then scroll through the pages. The thesis is on page 8 which is currently the last page.

I’d be interested to hear what you make of it.

Heavy Metal

July 27, 2011

I was in my local Sainsbury’s the other day and was intrigued to see that no less than 5 of the top 40 DVDs feature serious quantities of plate armour – five films set in the medieval or early modern periods or based on historical events in those periods.

  • Ironclad
  • Season of the Witch
  • Army of Valhalla
  • 1612
  • Henry of Navarre

I usually enjoy this sort of thing. A couple of them look a bit silly but couldn’t be any worse than King Arthur. I had not been aware that there had been a recent movie about Henry of Navarre, the great Huguenot leader. From reviews on Amazon it seems that there is more action in the bedroom than the battlefield (shades of The Tudors) but they are generally positive about the film overall. I’ll try to watch it at some point this summer.



May 26, 2011

Five minutes beforehand I would have considered not being sick over their shoes a decent result but after an hour and a half of questioning they told me that I was awarded the PhD and this was soon followed by the magic words ‘no corrections’.

I’ve had a week to relax. Now, what’s next…

It Is Finished!

April 3, 2011

I handed in my doctoral thesis this week.

It is entitled Quicunque Vult: The Act and Object of Saving Faith in the Thought of James Ussher.

Speaking in Tongues

February 26, 2011

I was very excited this week as Samuel, now 13 months, got to grips with a new word. I was convinced he was saying ‘Dort’ but it turns out that the new word was ‘door’. Oh well.

Penance in the Digital Age

February 9, 2011

A bit concerned about the state of your soul? There’s an app for that! The Church of Rome has approved an iPhone app called ‘Confession’ to aid you in your contrition. You couldn’t make this stuff up, could you?

Story at the BBC.