A Summary Defense for Infant Baptism

  Michael Horton [I thought this was a good short summary of the case FOR Infant Baptism so I post it also. Bold emphasis mine – RAS] “Let me summarize what I regard as the most compelling arguments for infant baptism: God has brought us into a covenant of grace, and although not all members […]

Four Resources in the Study of the Revealed God

Thomas Oden [taken from his work Classic Christianity] Christian Scripture, Christian tradition, Christian reasoning, and Christian experience all exist in response to God’s historical revelation in Israel and Jesus Christ. The sources of the study of God are in this way seen in a sequence that moves from originative event (Christ the Revealer of God […]

Primacy & Episcopacy

by Charles R. Ajalat      (taken from a larger article – RAS) 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 EVERYONE IS SO CONSTANTLY FILLED WITH THE GRACE OF THE […]

John Chrysostom on Division of the Church

“Nothing so provokes God’s anger as the division of the Church” excerpts taken from John Chrysostom’s Commentary on Ephesians, Homilies 10 and 11 Eph 4:4-16 NKJV There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; (5) one Lord, one faith, one baptism; (6) one God and […]

The Scriptural, Patristic, and Orthodox View of the Church

“Outside the Church there is no salvation.” (Saint Cyprian, 258) “Outside the catholic Church, one can have everything except salvation.” (Saint Augustine, 371) Hebrews 12:22-23 NKJV  But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels,  (23)  to the general assembly […]

Infant Baptism

by Mark J. Bonocore Is it correct and Apostolic to Baptize infants and children before the age of reason? Well, first of all, it must be admitted that there is no specific reference to infant Baptism in the Scriptures. However, that’s really beside the point, since there is nothing that speaks against infant Baptism either; […]

Reception of the Ecumenical Councils in the Early Church

By Hiarion Alfeyev The question of the reception of the Ecumenical Councils has been widely discussed by theologians and church historians during recent decades. Following the Second Vatican Council, and because of the research on the topic of reception done through the World Council of Churches, reception has been the subject of many studies in […]

What is an Ecumenical Council?

by Hilarion Alfeyev First of all it must be made clear that the Ecumenical Council should not be regarded as the highest authority in the Church. During the three centuries which preceded the first Ecumenical Council (325) the Church did not have Ecumenical Councils. Furthermore, since the seventh Ecumenical Council (787) the Church has existed without […]

Statements of Reconciliation. Let’s Move On (Part II)

John 17:18-23 LEB Just as you sent me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.  (19) And for them I sanctify myself, so that they themselves also may be sanctified in the truth.  (20) “And I do not ask on behalf of these only, but also on behalf of those who […]

A Statement of Reconciliation. Now Let’s Move On

Disputes merely about words must not be allowed to divide those who think alike – St. Athanasius For months I had been literally CONSUMED with the entire Chalcedon / Non Chalcedon schism (theology has always consumed me for 25 years so this was nothing new). This latest episode of being consumed began with my family’s […]

The Myth of Schism (?)

by David Bentley Hart The division between the Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches—officially almost a millennium old, but in many ways far older—has often enough been characterized as the ineluctable effect of one or another irreconcilable and irreducible difference: political (Caesars and Czars as opposed to princes and popes), cultural (Greek or Byzantine as […]