Non-Gender and One-Gender in the Gnostic Gospels (6)

Non-Gender and One-Gender in the Gnostic Gospels (6)

Archimandrite Theofilos Lemontzis, D. Th.   In its efforts to restrict the practice of self-mutilation, the Church adopted strict canons. According to the Apostolic Canons, a eunuch who had performed self-mutilation would be debarred from holy orders; for he is a self-murderer and an enemy of God’s creation (Canon 22)....

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Non-Gender and One-Gender in the Gnostic Gospels (5)

Non-Gender and One-Gender in the Gnostic Gospels (5)

Archimandrite Theofilos Lemontzis, D. Th.   The above prohibitions should not be confused with instances where certain saintly women disguised themselves in order to enter men’s monasteries. What distinguishes these women from the followers of Efstathios is the reason behind their actions. Their motive was not to denigrate their sex...

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Non-Gender and One-Gender in the Gnostic Gospels (4)

Non-Gender and One-Gender in the Gnostic Gospels (4)

Archimandrite Theofilos Lemontzis, D. Th.   The distinction between the sexes isn’t the inspiration of a wicked God Who created the material body which the supporters of gender Theory are called upon to set to rights. For Orthodox theology, the distinction between the sexes isn’t the result of the fall...

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Non-Gender and One-Gender in the Gnostic Gospels (3)

Non-Gender and One-Gender in the Gnostic Gospels (3)

Archimandrite Theofilos Lemontzis, D. Th.   Whereas gender theories claim that the problem lies in the human body and its sex, which may need to be corrected, Patristic theology insists that God did not make any mistake and that evil lies in our own actions. What is bad is not...

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Non-Gender and One-Gender in the Gnostic Gospels (2)

Non-Gender and One-Gender in the Gnostic Gospels (2)

Archimandrite Theofilos Lemontzis, D. Th.   The Fathers of our Church, such as Saint Epifanios of Cyprus, Saint Irenaeus of Lyon, Saint Hippolytus of Rome, Clement the Alexandrian et al., refused to accept the above anthropological and soteriological model, as projected by the Gnostics, because it was diametrically opposed to...

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Non-Gender and One-Gender in the Gnostic Gospels

Non-Gender and One-Gender in the Gnostic Gospels

Archimandrite Theofilos Lemontzis, D. Th.   The state of one-genderism is described in the Gnostic Gospel of Thomas, where, in answer to a question from His disciples regarding the way to enter the Kingdom of God and our salvation, Jesus answers: ‘When you make the two one, the inside like...

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The Theology of Gender – 17. Canons and freedom

The Theology of Gender – 17. Canons and freedom

Sofia Matzarioti-Kostara Anything that takes place in the Church aims at the salvation of the people and thus, involves a pastoral element. In the same way, the canons of the Church are primarily pastoral texts and have as their objective the guidance of Christians in the spiritual life and the...

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The Theology of Gender – 10. St Basil’s contribution to the canonical tradition

The Theology of Gender – 10. St Basil’s contribution to the canonical tradition

Sofia Matzarioti-Kostara   In order to evaluate Saint Basil’s contribution to the canonical tradition and spiritual conscience of the Orthodox Church, we have to consider the following presuppositions: First, the canonical writings of Saint Basil are pastoral works that deal primarily with transgressions and aim at restoring the fallen Christian...

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The Theology of Gender – 9. St. Basil the Great

The Theology of Gender – 9. St. Basil the Great

Sofia Matzarioti-Kostara   St. Basil the Great was indeed a great figure in the history of Christianity, a charismatic hierarch with significant contribution in various areas. With concern to our topic, we will examine the pastoral and canonical aspects of his multifarious work. The most important characteristic of his personality...

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The Theology of Gender – 8. St. John Chrysostom

The Theology of Gender – 8. St. John Chrysostom

Sofia Matzarioti-Kostara   Throughout the history of Christianity many voices from the Church rose to protest the established order of society. It is obvious in the patristic writings that the Fathers many times tried to defend the equality of man and woman, demonstrating that discrimination was a problem at all...

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