Posts about church fathers

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The Case for Infant Baptism

Christian baptism is about conversion, as a quick look at the Orthodox liturgical texts reveals. Questions are addressed to the candidate, requiring him…

Feb 09, 2015
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St. John Chrysostom on the Feast of Theophany

We shall now say something about the present feast.  Many celebrate the feastdays and know their designations, but the cause for which they were established…

Jan 07, 2015
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Deification and Sonship According to St Athanasius of Alexandria: Part III 

This is the third and final part of Fr. Matthew’s series on Deification and Sonship. Read part I and part II Indwelling through the Spirit of sonship…

Dec 23, 2014
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Deification and Sonship According to St Athanasius of Alexandria: Part II

This is the second part of Fr. Matthew’s series. Click here to read Part I and Part III. If in De Incarnatione the goal and purpose of the incarnation…

Dec 23, 2014
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Deification and Sonship According to St Athanasius of Alexandria: Part I

Deification and Sonship According to St Athanasius of Alexandria: Part I Popular presentations of the Orthodox Christian faith often highlight the doctrine…

Dec 23, 2014
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Metropolitan Kallistos: The Theologian’s Task Is Never Complete

In a recent ceremony, Ss. Cyril and Methodius Theological Institute for Post-Graduate Studies in Russia bestowed a doctorate honoris causa on His Eminence…

Dec 16, 2014
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On Fasting by St. John Chrysostom

Fasting is a medicine. But medicine, as beneficial as it is, becomes useless because of the inexperience of the user. He has to know the appropriate time…

Aug 01, 2014
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Don’t Proof Text the Holy Fathers

“Proof texting” is a well known problem, especially when it comes to interpreting Holy Scripture. Some people develop whole theologies around…

Jul 29, 2014
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What Does It Mean to Take Up Our Cross

The great 19th century Russian bishop, St. Ignatius Brianchaninov, delivered the following sermon on a famous text from Holy Scripture: “Whosoever…

Jul 29, 2014
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St. Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain: It is Necessary to Receive Holy Communion Frequently

We shall prove from scriptural and patristic witnesses that it is necessary for the faithful and Orthodox Christians to receive the Body and Blood of our…

Jul 29, 2014