Pentecost and Temple Judaism

Pentecost and Temple Judaism

When we think about Pentecost, we are looking back at it from our modern Christian perspective. How might the Apostles themselves have experienced it? On this episode of Theologically Thinking, Fr. Demetrios Tonias speaks with us about Pentecost and the church as it was before and after this spiritual watershed....

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Hurriyet Daily News: Centuries-old Church Rescued in Cappadocia

Hurriyet Daily News: Centuries-old Church Rescued in Cappadocia

An ancient Orthodox Church in Cappadocia will be saved from collapse. After many years of concern over the fragile state of the building and effort to obtain resources, the process of restoration can begin. Centuries-old church rescued in Cappadocia AKSARAY – Anadolu Agency The roof of a 1,500-year-old church in...

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What do you know about the Nicene Creed?

What do you know about the Nicene Creed?

Fr. Thomas Hopko joins us to talk about the Creed we Orthodox recite every Sunday in church. Although most of us have memorized it, there is always more to learn about its origins and its meaning, both in church history and in our life of faith. For example, did you...

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The Long Shadows of Byzantium

The Long Shadows of Byzantium

Every time I stand at the altar in our little church of St. Herman’s in Langley, B.C., I stand in the long shadows of Byzantium.  That is, I find myself facing the processional cross which we keep at the back of the altar table.  At the base of that cross,...

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Saint Basil

Saint Basil

Born into one of the most illustrious Christian families in history, Basil the Great would do his family proud both in his lifetime and after his death. Known, along with his closest friend, Gregory the Theologian, and his brother Gregory of Nyssa, as one of the three Cappadocian Fathers, Saint...

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Church History is Family History

Church History is Family History

I was asked on another blog how much the Orthodox know about Church history. When I first read the question, my reaction was to say that the Orthodox are extremely well versed in Church history and that it plays an important part in the life of our Church. But, upon...

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Early Christian Heresies

Early Christian Heresies

In the final part of her 4-part series on the first 300 years of Christianity, Dr. Eugenia Constantinou talks about early Christian heresies. Questions include: * How can we define heresies? * Tell us about a few of the substantial disagreements within the Church during these early years. How contained...

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Early Persecution of Christians

Early Persecution of Christians

In part two of our month-long look at early Christianity with Dr. Eugenia Constantinou of the University of San Diego, we look at Jewish and Roman persecution. Questions include: * Tell us about the persecution of Christians during the first 3 centuries. Who or what did most of the persecuting?...

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How the Faith Spread

How the Faith Spread

Dr. Eugenia Constantinou of the University of San Diego joins us all this month for a 4-part series on the first 300 years of Christianity. In this first part, she looks at how and why Christianity was able to grow so quickly. Questions include: * Tell us about the spread...

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