I just learned that Fr Peter Gilquist died late last night after a fight with cancer. I didn’t know Fr Peter personally. I’ve read a book by him, heard him speak and seen him on video. Nonetheless I am saddened that Fr Peter is no longer with us physically. He joins the saints in heaven, and I’m sure his prayers on our behalf will be amply answered. Fr Peter has been influential in my journey to Orthodoxy, and I want to thank him for all of his work in this life.
I wanted to make some notes here before they escaped me. This is all minor stuff, but perhaps note worthy.
1) I was recently in another discussion with a different Protestant professor of patristics. When asked about Protestant distinctives and his thoughts on Orthodoxy he made a curious defense of Sola Scriptura (I won’t bother to post it here) and then pointed me at Karl Barth’s discussion of the Reformed view of Scripture in chapter two of The Theology of the Reformed Confessions (http://books.google.com/books?id=KGup6Xl_lzAC&lpg=PP1&dq=barth%20reformed%20theology&pg=PP1#v=onepage&q&f=false), which thankfully I could read entirely online thanks to the preview shown on Google Books. I’ve considered doing some “conversation” with Barth on his views, but why bother. I didn’t find them particularly enlightening or convincing, but I can check it off my list. Yes, I’ve read Barth’s discussion on the topic. Moving on.
3) My wife and I have been meeting with our parish priest to discuss any remaining issues we have prior to Chrismation. We still haven’t made any commitments of scheduled anything, but this is one of the last steps.