Speaking to Secular America: The God You Don’t Believe in

Speaking to Secular America: The God You Don’t Believe in

  “The God You Don’t Believe in – Conversations with a Secular World”   A crowd gathered in the Maliotis Cultural Center of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox of Theology on the evening of October 29, 2015, the last night of the Speaking to Secular America Conference hosted by...

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The Mystery of the Church and the Phenomenon of Heresies

The Mystery of the Church and the Phenomenon of Heresies

The phenomenon of heresies has been present from the first steps of the Church towards preaching the Gospel to the world. It’s a phenomenon which, from as early as the Apostolic Age, has been considered an expression of the mystery of lawlessness (II Thess. 2, 7). In the New Testament and...

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Is Orthodoxy Ethnically Exclusive?

Is Orthodoxy Ethnically Exclusive?

Periodically, I am asked the question as to how I could be part of the Orthodox Church. After all, are not the Orthodox somewhat exclusive? You are not Russian; you are not Greek; you are not Middle Eastern; how could you ever be accepted by the Orthodox? I suppose that...

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I Believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth

I Believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth

To us today, it sounds a little odd to begin a creed with anything so obvious as the fact that there exists but one God, and that this almighty Father is the creator of heaven and earth. Given that the rest of the creed is devoted to proclaiming the Church’s...

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The Church as Object of Faith

The Church as Object of Faith

As mentioned before, the third main section of the present Creed concerns the Holy Spirit and His work in the holy Church, and we note that the Holy Spirit and the Church are paired together. Here we examine the creedal description of the Church. The mention of the Church in...

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The Church as One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic

The Church as One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic

We saw previously that the Creed confesses the Church as an object of faith to show how, despite all its historical liturgical diversity (especially in the pre-Nicene period), the true Church was one, and the salvation one experienced there was not affected by where one lived. We look now at the...

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Saint Macrina the Elder: Bridge of Theology

Saint Macrina the Elder: Bridge of Theology

She’s called “Confessor of the Faith”. Her family contains so many saints she’s known as the mother and grandmother of saints. She should be given another title – Bridge of Theology – for her invisible contributions to the understanding of our faith, and its expression in the world. Born about...

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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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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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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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