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Theophaneia is an eclectic blog oriented to the creative retrieval of Christian tradition in its Hebraic as well as its Platonic aspects, drawing on the best in modern philosophy and theology in dialogue with other branches of Abrahamic revelation; with Indic, Sinitic, and Tibetan paths of realization; and with primordial and indigenous initiatic wisdom practices as disclosed through metaphysics, mystical theology, poetry, symbolism, myth, art, and beyond.

In homage to Archbishop Alexander Golitzin, Fr. André Scrima, Henry Corbin, Gershom Scholem, A. K. Coomaraswamy, Mircea Eliade, Simone Weil, and myriad ancient, patristic and medieval sources of inspiration, we have placed Theophaneia under the patronage of Holy Wisdom, keeping vigil with "Dispatches from the Eighth Clime" as a shibboleth. Our literally iconic logo is a tribute to the Burning Bush (Rugul Aprins) Group of hesychasts and to our Blessed Lady the Theotokos.

You are welcome to review this Christian Platonism Reading List to help get your bearings with some resources for our core area of inquiry.

We have welcomed an international team of over a dozen new participants to the project thus far, and look forward to conversations, articles, stories, poems, songs, visual art and more as the new year approaches. If you wish to participate in some way, whether by submitting a piece, attending an in-person or online study group or discussion, helping us redesign the website, or making a modest donation to help us cover our operating expenses, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Warm regards from our company of wayfarers in occidental exile.

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Editors

Brian Christopher Harris is a high school History teacher turned seminarian who completed his M.Ed. degree at UMass Boston. He grew up at the confluence of two great streams of tradition: Anglo-Catholicism and Yoga Vedanta. He has spent over a decade gaining an acquaintance with unaccompanied folk song as practiced in France, the British Isles, and beyond. He is also a longtime participant in Sacred Harp singing and related traditions of hymnody for over a decade; most recently, he has begun to learn Byzantine chant. He now dedicates most of his spare time to writing poetry, making music, and studying classical and medieval philosophical works (chiefly Platonic, Indo-Tibetan, Islamicate, and Scholastic) as well as the masters of contemplative prayer. He also reads modern theology (Sophiological, Thomistic, Patristic, Communio, Radically Orthodox) and is pursuing these areas of interest through a Master of Divinity degree at the Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies, St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto.

Nick Freiling is an entrepreneur and father of four. He spends most of his time building startup brands, fishing Florida intracoastal waterways, and reading theology.