Prophet Elijah, the Gift of God

Prophet Elijah, the Gift of God

By Savva Alexandrou Saint Gregory Palamas, speaking in general about the prophets, as also the Fathers of the Church, notes: “God raised up the Prophets and the Fathers unto our guidance and He showed signs and wonders to us through them, so that He could correctly lead us up to...

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Five Orthodox Words I Wish Everyone Knew

Five Orthodox Words I Wish Everyone Knew

I don’t know many languages, but in each one, there are words that I wish we had in English. The same is true in different dialects (for instance, I’m sorry that the word “y’all” isn’t commonly used by non-Southerners). But that desire to co-opt vocabulary is never more pronounced than...

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Για ένα μόνο προσεύχομαι

Για ένα μόνο προσεύχομαι

Ενας σπουδαίος γερμανός θεολόγος είπε κάποτε τούτα τα λόγια: «Δέν μέ πειράζει ἄν στά τέλη τῆς ζωῆς μου χάσω τήν δύναμη τοῦ σώματός μου καί δέν μπορῶ νά περπατήσω. Δέν μέ πειράζει ἄν χάσω τά αὐτιά μου καί δέν ἀκούω. Ἄν χάσω τά μάτια μου καί δέν βλέπω. Ἄν τά...

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Piety and Reason Joined: Insights from St Gregory of Nyssa, Contra Eunomium, Book I

Piety and Reason Joined: Insights from St Gregory of Nyssa, Contra Eunomium, Book I

In his first book against the Arian heretic Eunomius of Cyzicus (d. 393), St Gregory of Nyssa (333-393) demonstrates a balanced appreciation for both the limitations and the importance of rational argument in theology. Modestly denying his own philosophical powers, he observes that “there are thousands in the Church who...

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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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What is Orthodox Theology’s Task Today? Thoughts from Metropolitan John Zizioulas

What is Orthodox Theology’s Task Today? Thoughts from Metropolitan John Zizioulas

A major conference on the future of Orthodox theology convened in June 2010 at the Volos Academy for Theological Studies. The conference’s theme, “Neo-Patristic Synthesis or Post-Patristic Theology: Can Orthodox Theology be Contextual?”, sparked no small degree of controversy. Criticisms of the idea of “post-patristic” theology have resounded in Orthodox...

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Orthodoxy and Inter-Christian Dialogue: 10 Principles from Fr. Georges Florovsky

Orthodoxy and Inter-Christian Dialogue: 10 Principles from Fr. Georges Florovsky

When we look at the problem of Christian division today, the recognition of present-day differences and disagreement is essential. We cannot pretend that we are all in agreement. But what should our response to disagreement be? Many Orthodox Christians on the internet move immediately to polemics or triumphalism, and exhibit...

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The Filioque Clause

The Filioque Clause

One of the things which has historically been a point of polemic and conflict between the Orthodox East and the Roman Catholic West is the use of the Filioque clause in the Creed. The word “filioque” is Latin for “from the Son”, and it is used in the classically western...

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Is Jesus God?

Is Jesus God?

Is Jesus God? Christianity teaches that God became man in the person of Jesus Christ. But a new book, How Jesus Became God, questions the origins and evolution of this essential theology. Who do you say that Jesus is? God in the flesh or a human that we made into...

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Review of “The Experience of God” by David Bentley Hart

Review of “The Experience of God” by David Bentley Hart

This is not a typical book review. I’m not going to summarize Hart’s arguments, point out the books virtues and flaws, and end with something like “This surely belongs on the shelf of every serious philosopher/theologian/academic library” or, conversely, “Hart offers yet another failed attempt to overcome the obvious absurdities...

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