Response to Robin Phillips — "Are Calvinists Also Among the Gnostics?"

On 29 March 2011, Robin Phillips posted an intriguing and disturbing article, “Are Calvinists Also Among the Gnostics?” in which he discussed the tendency to Gnosticism in Reformed theology.  More recently in December 2011, he posted, “A Critical Absence of the Divine: How a ‘Zero-Sum’ Theology Destroys Sacred Space” in which he discussed how this Gnostic tendency has impacted Reformed worship and church architecture.   This is not just Phillips’ own interpretation…

Orthodox Worship Versus Contemporary Worship

  Recently, a new form of worship has become widely popular among Christians.  Where before people would sing hymns accompanied by an organ then listen to a sermon, in this new worship there are praise bands that use rock band instruments, short catchy praise songs, sophisticated Powerpoint presentations, and the pastor giving uplifting practical teachings about having a fulfilling life as a Christian.  This new kind of worship is so popular that…

Book Review: Light from the Christian East

Light from the Christian East: An Introduction to the Orthodox Tradition.   By James R. Payton When a Reformed Christian or an Evangelical joins the Orthodox Church, the first reaction of many friends and family is: What is the Orthodox Church?  They need a book that can help them understand what Eastern Orthodoxy believes and how it differs from Protestantism.  James Payton’s Light from the Christian East (2007) was written for that purpose.…

New Page Added — "Resources"

A new page  Resources  has been added to the banner above.  It’s an annotated listing of resources I believe would be helpful to visitors to the OrthodoxBridge.  It contains Internet sites, books by Orthodox writers, books by non-Orthodox writers, and reference reference works.  It was made with people like Derrick in mind.  Derrick, I hope you find this helpful! Robert Arakaki

Book Review: Defending Constantine: The Twilight of an Empire and the Dawn of Christendom

Tell me the history of the church and I can tell you your theology. Church history is not neutral but is shaped by our theological beliefs.  This is especially the case with Emperor Constantine: to many Evangelicals and Anabaptists Constantine was the arch villain who caused the early Church to fall from its apostolic purity, to mainstream Protestants and Roman Catholics Constantine was a pivotal historical figure who made Christianity into a…

Response to Theodore – Semi-Pelagianism, Sola Fide, and Theosis

On 22 December 2011, Theodore wrote: #1 — Granting that the Eastern Orthodox Church (“EOC”) has an ancient tradition, and, further, that its pretty rituals contain much sacred meaning, the fact remains that it is — by its own admission — semi-Pelagian, and, as such, teaches a false religion.  Debates about the nature, duration, and content of the service are totally irrelevant when what is presented to the congregation is antithetical to…

March for Life & Great Tradition

  March For Life Monday Monday, January 23 is March for Life Monday.  It is an annual rally in protest of the US Supreme Court Roe vs. Wade decision which legalized abortion in America.  It began in 1974 with an estimated 20,000 in attendance.  Since then March for Life has grown in size over the years to over 200,000 in recent years. March for Life brings together people from the Roman Catholic, Protestant,…