Fr. Seraphim Rose on Calling Someone a “Heretic”

Fr. Seraphim Rose on Calling Someone a “Heretic”

The word “heretic” comes from the Greek word haireisthai, meaning “to choose.” Strictly speaking, a “heretic” is someone who was a right-believing member of the Church but willfully chose a belief in contradiction to the universal faith of the Church. In other words, being a “heretic” requires a deliberate rejection...

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In a New York State of Mind

In a New York State of Mind

Jessie Beddoe, one of our teen contributors at OCN, shares the story of a special experience she had during a visit to New York City. What started out as a day of vacation adventure became a chance to explore the deepest instincts of her living faith. Posted by the Orthodox...

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Miracles, the Scripture, and Salvation

Miracles, the Scripture, and Salvation

“If you believe in Jesus Christ for your salvation, do you remember what convinced you to do so?” Thus begins this interesting episode of Harmony of Thunder. Fr. David Smith speaks about Scripture and Miracles, and how Salvation came to us by the Word and was confirmed by God. Posted...

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Saint Gregory Palamas Makes a Surprising Point

Saint Gregory Palamas Makes a Surprising Point

Every now and then, one comes across a sermon that has something genuinely surprising in it. On this episode of Harmony of Thunder, Fr. David looks at a sermon by Saint Gregory Palamas that has an unexpected point to make. Posted by the Orthodox Christian Network.  You can find the...

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Why Marriage?

Why Marriage?

As the element of Christianity in popular culture continues to erode, one of the many things which separates that popular and secular culture from the culture of the Church is the understanding of marriage. In North America, about one half of all marriages end in divorce. Many people live together...

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You Are the Face of Orthodoxy

You Are the Face of Orthodoxy

“So, you’re Christian…What type of Christian are you?” I overheard the conversation of some high-school-aged people sitting next to me. “Methodist, Baptist, Lutheran, Catholic?” he questioned the girl sitting next to him. “I’m not really anything. I’m just Christian,” she answered back. He forgot to mention “Orthodox Christian,” I thought...

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