The First Thoughts Blog is intended for contemporary Roman Catholic and Protestant readers; especially those in the “Charismatic Renewal Movement” (CRM). Its purpose is to re-acquaint or perhaps introduce these Spirit-filled believers to the little-known ancient Christian theology and doctrine, the Doxis, that perfectly complements their already charismatic Christian walk, or Praxis.
This enlightened Doxis was lost to the Western Latin (Roman Catholic/Protestant) Church long before the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century, so it does not exist in the Protestant tradition at all. This is not Far Eastern Mysticism or New Age crystal gazing; it is foundational ancient Christianity that energized the followers of the Way and the Christ-communities of the Apostles.
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 Protestants have never even heard of the nous. It’s simply not part of our Protestant tradition.
In another series of posts (Category: “Contemplative Christian Prayer”) I discuss the contemplative Primitive 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 went well past the types that we recognize today: “The various kinds of prayer [petition, promise, intercession, pure praise] are followed by a higher state still… it is the contemplation of God alone, an immeasurable fire of love.” This tradition was virtually lost to the Roman church by the time of the Protestant Reformation, so we 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 that led me to write First Thoughts, a short, tightly packed little book that describes my 40-year search for the theology and doctrine that animated the early Christian Church. You can read more about this by clicking on the “About” tab above.
I pray that you find both the Blog and First Thoughts to be of value to you in your journey of theosis, or union with God.Dallas Wolf Owasso, Oklahoma