What Did Jews Identify the Gospel With?

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon The very notion of the “Gospel,” the Evangelion, lies so deep in Christian memory that it takes on a tautological quality, as it were: The Gospel is the Gospel. The “idea” of it is so integral to what we mean by “Christian” that the two concepts can hardly be dissected. […]

An Interview with St. Irenaeus of Lyons

by John Habib Originally entitled: “What to think of the Non-Orthodox? What a Second Century Bishop says about those who are outside of ‘the Church.’” I cannot believe how applicable this second century bishop’s words are to the present time. I challenge all of you to read this and not be at the least intrigued, or like me, […]

Confessions of a Doubter: Did the Mother of God Enter the Temple?

by Dcn George Maximov Another excellent gem from Dcn George, who is becoming a favorite writer of mine. A friend once told me about an article on one religious website on the feast of the Entrance of the Most Pure Theotokos into the Temple. The article essentially stated that there was no entrance into the […]

On Corrective Baptism

Another excellent post from our friend, Fr. John Whiteford in his ‘Stump the Priest’ series. Question: “I am/was a Baptist convert to Orthodoxy, and though it’s been many years (about 20) that I was accepted into Orthodoxy through Chrismation, I have read things in the Rudder, and Canons which state that this was an anathema […]

The Apophatic Quality of Speaking About God

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon It is always a good thing, surely, to examine the meanings of the words we speak, but when we speak about God critical reflection is downright imperative. Take, for instance, the adjectives “eternal” and “infinite,” which for many centuries have been used as descriptive of God. If we spend a […]

Consequences of the One Church – Unecumenism

by Fr. Stephen Freeman In thinking through a theological question, I often engage in thought experiments. The Fathers might call it a form of theoria, but I won’t presume that word for myself. But what I do is to make a concerted effort to let go of unexamined assumptions. I look at a different set of assumptions […]

“You Baptize Babies?”

by Fr. Aidan Wilcoxson Do we baptize babies? Do we!  As an Orthodox priest here in Central Texas, I get that question on a fairly regular basis. A lot of congregations in this area only baptize adults or children who are old enough to understand what happens in the ceremony, so folks are just naturally […]

Baptism: But Children Don’t Understand the Faith!

by Fr. John Hainsworth Children don’t understand the faith – does that make them ‘second class citizens’ of the Body of Christ – is that a reason not to baptism them into the Church? The assumption behind this objection to infant baptism, one which did not exist in the early Church or in the centuries […]