On Works

by J.I. Packer GOOD WORKS ARE AN EXPRESSION OF FAITH You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone (James 2:24) In the New Testament, faith (believing trust, or trustful belief, based on testimony received as from God) is crucially important, for it is the means or instrumental […]

On Hell

J.I Packer Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. (Rev 20:14-15) The sentimental secularism of modern Western culture, with its exalted optimism about […]

The Filioque: What Is at Stake?

 Avery Dulles, S.J.  (CONCORDIA THEOLOGICAL QUARTERLY, Volume 59: Numbers 1-2) The Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed, together with the Apostles’  Creed and the Athanasian Creed, is one of the “three chief symbols” recognized in the Lutheran Book of Concord. In many churches, including the Roman Catholic, the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed (which will henceforth be called simply the Nicene Creed) […]

A Summary of the Scriptures

[I thought this was a useful concise summary narrative of the scriptures so I reblog it – RAS] “The Greatest Story Ever Told” by Mike Riccardi God’s goal in all of His creative and redemptive work is to bring glory to Himself (Isa 43:7; cf. Eph 1:6, 12, 14). This is expressed in His creation […]

Original Sin: The West-Haters Strike Back

by EPHREM HUGH BENSUSAN   [source]  [underlines mine – RAS] My essay, Original and Ancestral Sin: A False Dichotomy, has received, interestingly, more attention than anything else I’ve ever written. The bulk of it has been quite positive. It was inevitable, though, that a certain set of convert-Orthodox, the segment that, whether from a very superficial […]

Ancestral vs. Original Sin: A False Dichotomy

by EPHREM HUGH BENSUSAN  [Thanks Ephrem ! underlines are mine.– RAS]   [source] In the current debate over the Orthodox view of Original Sin, one popular entry is Ancestral Versus Original Sin: An Overview with Implications for Psychotherapy by the Very Rev. Fr. Antony Hughes, rector of St. Mary’s Antiochian Orthodox Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The […]

Original Sin in Eastern Orthodox Confessions and Catechisms

Compiled by Ephrem Hugh Bensusan   [source] The following is from Our Orthodox Christian Faith: A Handbook of Popular Dogmatics by Athanasios S. Frangopoulos, theologian and teacher. Published by The Brotherhood of Theologians, “O Sotir”, in Athens, Greece, 1984. Chapter 9, The Original Sin: 4.d. Guilt. The original sin which brought about man’s depravity also brought […]

On Original Sin

[FINALLY . . . . another HONEST Eastern Orthodox Christian on THIS topic. Truth reigns !! – RAS] Taken from Nathaniel McCallum :  “Original Sin and Orthodoxy: Reflections on Carthage” [SOURCE] Anyone who has been around [Eastern] Orthodoxy for a while has heard an argument like the following: [Eastern] Orthodox don’t believe Original Sin but […]

Amazing Grace of the Council of Orange (529 AD)

The Council of Orange (529 AD) was an outgrowth of the controversy between Augustine and Pelagius. This controversy had to do with degree to which a human being is responsible for his or her own salvation, and the role of the Grace of God in bringing about salvation. The Pelagians held that human beings are […]

Understanding the Filioque

The Greek and Latin Traditions About the Procession of the Holy Spirit In its first report on The Mystery of the Church and of the Eucharist in the Light of the Mystery of the Holy Trinity, unanimously approved in Munich on 6 July 1982, the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Roman Catholic […]

On the Gospel of Grace

1. Clement of Rome (30-100): “And we, too, being called by His will in Christ Jesus, are not justified by ourselves, nor by our own wisdom, or understanding, or godliness, or works which we have wrought in holiness of heart; but by that faith through which, from the beginning, Almighty God has justified all men; […]