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 […]

Primacy & Episcopacy

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by Charles R. Ajalat [From Word Magazine, Publication of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, January 1996, pp. 7-11] ONE OF THE CONSEQUENCES OF SIN IN OUR FALLEN WORLD IS THIS TENSION IN CHURCH ADMINISTRATION BETWEEN POWER AND HOLINESS; BETWEEN HAVING THE EFFICIENCY OF A SINGLE HUMAN DECISION-MAKER AND ALTERNATIVELY A SYSTEM WHERE […]

A Case Study of Roman Catholic Abuse of the Fathers

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by Thomas Seraphim Hamilton A Roman Catholic argued : "Unity of Peter" = "Unity of Episcopate", and Roman Catholics already affirm this. The question arises where is the essential present source of this unity. Cyprian said it’s the Throne of Peter which is principally in the Church of Rome in the 54th Epistle. That this […]

On Schism

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Compiled by Maximus Scott 1 Corinthians 1:10-13 (LEB) (10) Now I exhort you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all say the same thing and there not be divisions among you, and that you be made complete in the same mind and with the same purpose. (11) For it has […]

Church Timeline

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  For the first thousand years of her history, the Church was essentially one. Five historic Patriarchal centers (called the “Pentarchy”) – Jerusalem, Antioch, Rome, Alexandria, and Constantinople – formed a cohesive whole and were in full communion with each other. There were occasional heretical or schismatic groups that arose going their own way, but […]

Almost Christianity

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by Richard A. Shaward I could not think of an appropriate title for this post, but it has been on my mind since this past Sunday when read about the worship of the Samaritan Woman in John 4:1-42. Almost Christianity. 1. She had a ‘church’ she faithfully attended on Mount Gerizim that her family attended […]

Arguing Against Church History and Bishops [Repost]

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by Richard A. Shaward [Just noticed that some of my early posts vanished from my web page when I updated WordPress] As I have been re-reading Ignatius again and his modern protestant critics, it is simply incredible to me that Protestants hundreds and hundreds of years after the fact try to argue against, deny as […]