Freedom and Pentecost

What has Pentecost to do with freedom? What is freedom exactly? What is it not? by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon When we declare that God created the Cosmos in freedom, we mean that nothing outside of God had to be. Modern philosophers seriously ask—as other philosophers, for centuries, implied—why is there something instead of nothing? […]

On Birth Control

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Is using birth control a sin? What do the Orthodox think? What did Catholics think? What did the Protestant Reformers think? Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon shares his thoughts on this controversial topic. Many thanks to Theoria videos for this excellent presentation.       On Birth Control

Confession in the Early Church Fathers

Yes, Virginia, the early Church practiced confession… in Church. The Early Church Fathers on Confession Here are some quotes from early church fathers which show the sacramental tradition of the Mystery of Confession’s unbroken lineage from the earliest days of the Christian church. Didache 4:14; 14:1As early as 70 AD Confess your sins in church, […]

How a Small, Country Congregation Became a MegaChurch Overnight

by Chad Bird The author is not an Orthodox Christian… at least, I think he’s not. This is certainly an Orthodox Christian experience and understanding of liturgy. Enjoy! This is the story of how a small, country church astounded the experts on church growth by becoming a megachurch overnight. Without even trying. The gravel parking […]

What is the Nous, and How is it Distinct from the Soul?

by Fr. John Whiteford More excellent work from “Stump the Priest” Question: “What do we mean by the “nous,” how is it distinct from the soul, and are the Orthodox the only ones who speak about the “nous”?” This question is complicated by the fact that the word “nous” (which is usually translated into English […]

On the Religious Opinions of the Unconverted

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon In Quitting Church, her impressive study of religious sociology, Julia Duin quotes a friend who dropped out of the Orthodox Church: “The Orthodox, Emile said, are answering the question no one is asking: what is the true Church?” This comment is interesting in several respects, but I am mainly impressed […]

Day One of the Week – Pentecost

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon The fourth century introduced a significant change of perspective with respect to Pentecost, when the Council of Nicaea determined that the date of Pascha should always fall on the first Sunday of spring. Up to that point, a certain measure of local custom had prevailed, with some Christians—luminaries like Polycarp […]

Pascha in the West and in the East

by Metropolitan Hierotheos (Vlachos) The Orthodox Church is the Church of the Resurrection, because it gives prominence to Christ’s victory over death. Pascha is the overcoming of death, the passage of the Word to the human heart and not the reduction of the heart to human reason and senses. When one examines the “ethos” of […]