I’m the Rector of an Anglican church in Virginia and a theologian whose interests include the Reformation and the reception of Platonism in the Early Modern period as well as 16th-18th century Anglican thought. My dissertation (McGill, 2018) examined the moral theology of the Cambridge Platonist, Peter Sterry. Publications include an edited volume on Nicholas of Cusa as well as various academic articles in historical theology (see here).
Can you imagine anything, I ask you, that is so useful or even so necessary as the first notion of letters? They are the foundation on which all our studies rest.
Epistolê is a blog I began over a decade ago when I was in seminary. Over the years it has remained a blog about theological resourcement (or renewal) from a Reformed and catholic perspective. It’s also about history, art, and philosophy, because theology (i.e., Regina scientiarum) incorporates all forms of wisdom. There are similarities between blogging and the lost art of letter writing (epistolê = “letter”), which gave us such wonderfully diverse works as Cicero’s letters to Atticus, and the correspondence of Abelard and Heloise. The “man of letters” is the one whose knowledge of the best topics (loci) from ancient literature and his experience in debate and oratory furnish him with rhetorical skill (ars) for quick, simple, and pleasant writing. These elements were present in the writings of Renaissance humanists, whose works encapsulate the curious human drive to make new things out of very old things. A blog is an interesting place to talk about that and, in a way, continue the ancient practice.