On The Failures of “General” Christology

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by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon In orthodox formulations of Christology, there exists an ongoing and apparently irreducible quandary: How should we speak of the obviously "special" quality of Christ's humanity without compromising the principle that he was "made like unto his brethren" (Hebrews 2:17)? Or, to put the question from the opposite direction, how should we express his solidarity ... More...

The Army Hidden in the World

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by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon If the true identity of Christ our Lord, his inner Person begotten of the Father, remains a mystery concealed from the world (John 14:22), something similar is also said rightly of those who put their hope in Christ, because they too are defined by their communion with the Father in Christ. They are known by God (John 10:14; 1 Corinthians 8:3; 13:12). To be sure, the ... More...

On the Terrible Passion of Homosexuality

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St. John Chrysostom's unshakeable logic to support his flock by Fr. Sarantis Sarantou  “Because of this did God give them up to dishonorable passions, for even their females did change their natural function into that which is against nature; and in like manner also the males having left the natural use of the female, did burn in their longing toward one another….” (Romans 1:26-27) The ... More...

Adam, Ralph, Moses and Man

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by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Essential to the idea of the Incarnation is what Anscar Vonier called “the assumption that to God mankind is a unity far beyond anything we can conceive.” I will argue, in these reflections, that this unity is biological, psychological, and historical. With respect to biology, perhaps some attention should be given to a recent theory that interprets the ... More...

The Incomprehensibility of Sin: A Problem for Apologetics

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by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Following the lead of Holy Scripture, the Church has consistently proclaimed that Christ is victorious over three enemies: Sin, Death, and Satan. All three, alas, pose special difficulties for those outside the Christian faith we are proposing to them. We Christians understand sin, for instance, in a way nearly incomprehensible to those who suppose a progressive view ... More...