On Redefining Tradition

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Craig Blaising [excerpt taken from Journeys of Faith: Evangelicalism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Catholicism, and Anglicanism] “The [Eastern] Orthodox extend the locus of divine inspiration and authority beyond the Scripture to the Church itself, specifically to the decisions of the ecumenical councils, but more generally and on a practical level to the entirety of [Eastern] Orthodox tradition. […]

The Church Fathers on the Jews

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[I found this interesting. An example of how a Great Father can be so wrong on one. John’s sermons against the Jews referred to in the following article can be found here on my blog also – RAS] by Dcn. Andrei Kurayev As I know something about history I can tell you what attitude Orthodox […]

Chalcedon from a Coptic Orthodox Perspective

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[NOTE - my posting this on my blog does not imply that I endorse, agree, or disagree with the article. I post it to help understand why (some?) Coptic Christians historically rejected Chalcedon. I find it very fascinating if anything – RAS] By Bishoy Marcus Why the Council? The events that brought about the Council […]

What is "Classical Christianity"?

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Adopted from an article by Virginia Burrus, Professor of Early Church History, Drew Theological School. [Although written for a Methodist audience and the original article mentioning John Wesley, many of the points made in the article are good. Including this article is not to be understood that I endorse Methodism. The Professor just happens to […]

On So-Called Non-Chalcedonians

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“Disputes merely about words must not be suffered to divide those who think alike” St. Athanasius, Tome to the people of Antioch AARHUS 1964 – AGREED STATEMENT Signed by Eastern Orthodox : Bishop Emilianos, Professors Florovsky, Romanides, Borovoy, Meyendorf, Karmiris, and Konidaris, “Ever since the second decade of our century representatives of our Orthodox Churches, […]

Christianity During the First Millennium

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by Dr David Bradshaw, Professor at the University of Kentucky Christianity during the first thousand years of its existence was markedly different from that familiar today. Here are some of its distinctive features. [a slight misleading statement as will be seen - RAS] 1. The Authority of Tradition Most Christians today regard the Bible as […]

Abortion and the Early Christian Church

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[I do not know the religious affiliation of the author but this is an excellent article. I am still waiting for contrary evidence that the Christian Church does not view abortion as murder. Comments are welcome. This post stems from a “conversation” I had recently with another Eastern Orthodox Christian (wife of a reader) who stated  to […]

Early Christians and Abortion

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First, how the Jews thought : Josephus (flourished 75-95 A.D.) “The [Jewish] Law orders all the offspring to be brought up, and forbids women either to cause abortion or to make away with the foetus; a woman convicted of this is regarded as an infanticide, because she destroys a soul and diminishes the race.” (Against […]

Judaism Without Jesus

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by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon In his more than twenty scholarly books, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks has certainly demonstrated his credentials as a bright light in contemporary Judaism. I value him especially as a sensible and irenic spokesman for Jewish self-understanding. In this respect, at least, his most recent work, Future Tense: Jews, Judaism, and Israel […]

Patriarch Photius Encyclical to the Eastern Patriarchs (866)

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Patriarch Photius of Constantinople: Encyclical to the Eastern Patriarchs (866) Countless have been the evils devised by the cunning devil against the race of men, from the beginning up to the coming of the Lord. But even afterwards, he has not ceased through errors and heresies to beguile and deceive those who listen to him. […]

On Holy Chrism

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by Maximus (Marlon) Scott Intro : In the Orthodox Church, Chrism (Greek χρίσμα, meaning "ointment") is consecrated oil used during the administration of certain mysteries, particularly those of baptism and anointing of the sick (unction), and other rites of the Orthodox Church. Chrism is sometime referred to as myrrh (from the Greek μύρων), holy oil, […]