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...

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...

Once Saul, Always Saul

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by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon The Bible does not explain why the name of Saul, the early persecutor of Christians, was changed to Paul, but also the Bible does not discourage speculation on the point. Undiscouraged, then, let us speculate. A modern view speculates that the man in question had two names all along; he was known as “Saul” among Jews and as “Paul” among Gentiles. This explanation ... More...

Has Your Bible Become A Quran?

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by Fr. Stephen Freeman Those who engage in debates on a regular basis know that the argument itself can easily shape the points involved. This is another way of saying that some debates should be avoided entirely since merely getting involved in them can be the road to ruin. There are a number of Christian scholars (particularly among the Orthodox) who think that the classical debates between ... More...

When the Holy Spirit REALLY Speaks, What Does He Say?

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by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon When our Lord spoke of his coming departure from this world, he described it as an advantage to us. "It is to your advantage (sympherei hymin)," he declared, "that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you" (John 16:7). This declaration is given in response to the Apostles' sense of loss when ... More...