Tradition: Family, Friend, or Foe?

Contributed by “Nicodemus” Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes,our ancestors.   It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about.  Orthodoxy, G. K. Chesterton Tradition is the living faith of the dead, traditionalism is the dead faith of the living.  The Vindication of Tradition, Jaroslav Pelikan First, let us establish Orthodoxy’s…

Defending the Vincentian Canon "Everywhere, Always, and By All" — A Response to Outlaw Presbyterianism

On 3 July 2012 the blog site Outlaw Presbyterianism criticized the OrthodoxBridge for its use of the Vincentian Canon.  It’s sad to see a friendly inquirer take a more antagonistic stance towards Orthodoxy, but a number of points were raised that can help further Orthodox-Reformed dialogue. He writes: The one common refrain at OrthodoxBridge is that Protestants can’t find any of their distinctives in the early Fathers of the church.   This charge…

Fr. Peter Gillquist: Evangelical Pioneer for Orthodoxy

            On 1 July 2012, Fr. Peter Gillquist reposed in the Lord.  He is widely known as the author of Becoming Orthodox. He is also known for being part of a group former Campus Crusade for Christ leaders who led some 2000 Evangelicals into the Orthodox Church in 1987 (see video).  The numerous comments on the website of All Saints Orthodox Church in Bloomington, Indiana revealed his…

Revelation, Tradition, and Epistemological Flux — A Response to Peter Leithart’s "Who’s got the gateway drug?"

In a stunning turn of events, Jason Stellman resigned from the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and is expected to convert to Roman Catholicism.  Many know Mr. Stellman from his leading role in bringing charges against Pastor Peter Leithart before the Pacific Northwest Presbytery of the PCA .  Soon after the news broke, Leithart wrote a blog posting: “Who’s got the gateway drug?” The term “gateway drug” is a reference to criticism…

Patristics for Baptists?

Orthodox Observations on a Recent Debate Among Southern Baptists Reformed theology has been making inroads in unexpected places.  Christianity Today, in a recent article, reported on a surprising trend among Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) pastors.  A 2006 survey found that only 10 percent of SBC pastors overall identified themselves as “five-point Calvinists.”  However, a 2007 survey found that a surprising 35 percent of SBC ministers that graduated recently from SBC seminaries identified…

Unintentional Schism? A Response to Peter Leithart’s “Too catholic to be Catholic”

Of late Protestantism seems to be undergoing a “climate change.”  Theological positions are shifting and church affiliations are undergoing realignment in surprising ways.  Reformed Christians are rediscovering liturgical worship and the church fathers.  While pastors sought to enrich their Protestant heritage, they did not intend that people would jettison their Protestantism altogether and become Roman Catholic or Eastern Orthodox.  These defections are raising concerns among pastors.   Peter Leithart in a recent…

Called Together

Folks, I invited Fr. Isaiah to write this blog posting for couples.  I met Fr. Isaiah when he was stationed at Schofield Army Barracks in Hawaii.  He is currently stationed at Ft. Riley, Kansas.  He serves under Bishop Basil, Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America, Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese.  Robert I wish to write briefly about the importance of husbands, on the way to Orthodoxy, to be patient with reluctant wives, to love…