East & West – Fundamental Differences: Pt. 2

by Fr. John Romanides Our father in the faith, John Romanides (1927 – 2001), was a prominent 20th century Orthodox Christian priest, theologian, and writer. He argued for the existence of a “national, cultural and even linguistic unity between Eastern and Western Romans” that existed until the intrusion and takeover of the West Romans (the […]

East & West – Fundamental Differences: Pt. 1

by Fr. John Romanides Our father in the faith, John Romanides (1927 – 2001), was a prominent 20th century Orthodox Christian priest, theologian, and writer. He argued for the existence of a “national, cultural and even linguistic unity between Eastern and Western Romans” that existed until the intrusion and takeover of the West Romans (the […]

Can Orthodoxy Speak To Eastern Religions?

by Kevin Allen As the award winning host of the radio program “The Illumined Heart,” Kevin Allen is also convert to the Orthodox Christian faith from Hinduism, and an eloquent speaker and apologist for his Christian faith. His podcast can be heard on Ancient Faith Radio.  This first article appeared on Orthodoxytoday.org, and carefully explains […]

Infants Sharing the Lord's Table

by Dave Brown This post was today’s offering on Orthocath’s Blog. I confess that I am a regular reader of this blog, and this post should demonstrate why. Regarding the last statements about Lutherans looking at Orthodoxy, I can confirm this as two of my godsons, former Lutheran pastors/now Orthodox priests, converted over this very […]

The Power of the Name

Implications for Orthodox Psycho-Theology by Fr. George Morelli In this essay, Fr. Morelli masterfully expresses the depth of Incarnational theology – the teaching of Orthodox Christianity about God, man, and spiritual reality – and the dangers of departing, even apparently,  from its foundational truth. We are approaching the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, the […]

Apologetic Blogging – The Wave of the Future

The Orthodox Church suffers from an abysmal lack of cogent apologetic material. Interestingly, thanks to blogging, I believe this will change soon. Someone like you or me will get so tired of not having the kind of printed material we need, that we’ll just make it ourselves, and in the day of print-on-demand publishers (see […]

Heaven & Hell in the Afterlife Acc. To The Bible

By Peter Chopelas I (Fr. John) came across this excellent article recently, and used it to craft an important sermon on heaven and hell in the afterlife according to the Scriptures and the teaching of the Orthodox Church, and found it to be an excellent and thorough resource for this important homiletic topic. Since then, […]

The Troublesome Nature of Apologetics: Part 2

A continuation of last week’s Pastoral Pondering on Apologetics,  for Sunday, June 21 2009. I have suggested that the discipline of apologetics, the reasoned defense of the Christian faith, is sometimes troublesome to the pursuit of theology. It seems to me that the history of soteriology, the theology of salvation, manifests a singular case in […]