Calvinism As Heresy

Met. Jonah of the OCA today addressed a group of conservative Anglicans. In the course of outlining what would be necessary for true ecumenical dialog and union, he stated, "the renunciation of Calvinism as a heresy." This probably came as a surprise to ma ...

The River of Fire – Kalomiros

The River of Fire Copyright 1980 St. Nectarios Press THE RIVER OF FIRE by ALEXANDRE KALOMIROS As presented at the 1980 ORTHODOX CONFERENCE sponsored by St. Nectarios American Orthodox Church Seattle, Washington A reply to the questions: (1) Is God reall ...

Salvation in a Cloud of Witnesses

Perhaps more than any culture in history - America has championed the individual. The context for this cultural development was the nation’s historic resistance to the class structures of 17th and 18th century Europe (and later) as well as a positive res ...

The Absence of Beauty

We can say without hesitation that God is the ultimate author of Beauty, and what we know and love of beauty is an echo or stronger of our desire for the Beautiful God. It becomes a major problem of sin, largely unrecognized, when beauty begins to rece ...

Christianity in a One-Storey Universe

Preliminary - Death in a Two-Storey Universe I have written before about the two-storey universe that is part of our cultural inheritance in the modern world. I have noted that the default position of our culture is secular protestantism. I have explaine ...

Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev on the Descent of Christ into Hades

This article may also be read at the Website, Orthodox Europe  Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev: Christ the Conqueror of Hell The Descent of Christ into Hades in Eastern and Western Theological Traditions A lecture delivered at St Mary’s Cathedral, Minneapolis,  ...

The Challenge of Atheism

I will quickly confess that I am not a philosopher. I am not trained in the subject and always struggled in the few doctoral classes that were in the area of "Philosophical Theology." Thus, this will not be a philosophical response that settles matters f ...

Reverent Audaciousness

From Fr. Sophrony's We Shall See Him as He Is Divine Love begets reverent audaciousness. Thus a handful of Apostles, hitherto faint-hearted, after the descent of the Holy Ghost were filled with courage and took on the whole of the rest of the world in sp ...

The Hypostatic Nearness of You

Sometimes I sit down to write with an idea and I know that I am either getting ready to write something good, or something really bad. That is how I feel about this particularly topic. I have good feelings about it because I am writing about something th ...

Once and For All?

I have been puzzling some lately about the doctrine of Justification, particularly as understood by some Protestants. I am not the theologian that my good friend, Fr. Al Kimel, over at Pontifications is, nor am I versed in late medieval scholarship, whic ...