What are “First Thoughts“?
“A lifetime has taught me the same sharp contrast between two theologies, the one setting out with the first thoughts of God, the other with man’s interpretation of these thoughts which I describe as second thoughts or afterthoughts. The first thoughts, which are God’s thoughts, all address themselves to the conscience – they enter in, and they lodge there.”
~ excerpt from Alexandrian and Carthaginian Theology Contrasted, by John B. Heard (Bold Italics mine)
The First Thoughts Blog is intended for contemporary Western Roman Catholic and Protestant readers; especially those in the “Charismatic Renewal Movement” (CRM). Its purpose is to introduce, or perhaps reacquaint these Spirit-filled believers to the ancient and nearly forgotten Christian theology and doctrine that perfectly complements their already charismatic Christian walk. It can be found intact in the mystic theology and doctrine of the Eastern Orthodox Christian tradition. It has been recorded, maintained, and faithfully and consistently transmitted since first received from the Apostles.
This enlightened mystic Christianity was lost to the Western Latin (Roman Catholic/Protestant) Church long before the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century; so it has been lost to the Roman Catholic Church for 500 years and was never a part of the Protestant tradition, at all. This is not Far Eastern Mysticism or New Age crystal gazing; it is the foundational ancient Christianity that energized the followers of the Way and the Christ-communities of the Apostles of the early church.
For example, in a series of posts (Category: “The ‘Nous'”) I discuss the healing and restoration of our nous (νοϋς), our intuitive spiritual faculty, ‘the eye of the soul’. Most Western Christians have never even heard of the nous. It’s simply not part of our transmitted tradition.
In another series of posts (Category: “Contemplative Prayer”) I discuss the contemplative Christian Prayer tradition, lost to Western Latin Christianity more than 500 years ago. John Cassian (c. 350 – c.435), Christian mystic and Desert Father, tells us that contemplative prayer goes well past the types that we recognize today: “The various kinds of prayer [e.g., petition, promise, intercession, pure praise] are followed by a higher state still… it is the contemplation of God alone, an immeasurable fire of love.” Again, I emphasize that this tradition was virtually lost to the Roman church by the time of the Protestant Reformation, so Protestants never had it at all!
These are but two examples. Intrigued? Look around. I categorized some of the series of related postings, such as “Contemplative Prayer” and the “The ‘Nous'”, so that you can find them all in one spot. Feel free to read, think about it, ask questions, make comments. Let’s get a dialogue going. It’s not like it’s not important… it’s just about your soul and your Christian walk!
This blog is based on the revelations I received during my 40-year search (or what I might describe as my “running gun battle”) for the authentic theology and doctrine that animated the early Christian Church. Hopefully, I can save you some of the time and pain!
I pray that you find both the Blog and First Thoughts to be of value to you in your journey of theosis; union with God.Dallas Wolf Owasso, Oklahoma