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 […]

The Word “Atonement”

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon In this new video by Theoria videos, Fr. Pat explains why the word Atonement doesn’t appear much in Orthodox theology, and how we should be using it, and not using it.     Atonement Share the post “The Word “Atonement”” FacebookGoogle+LinkedInPinterestTwitterEmailBookmarkPrint

Sinners in the Hand of a ‘Less Angry’ God

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon The Church has always thought of God’s wrath as a metaphor descriptive of His “negative response” to sin. The expression signifies the metaphysical incompatibility of moral evil with the Font of goodness. When the Bible, then, speaks of God’s anger, it indicates His extreme, punitive displeasure toward what is radically […]

Therapeutic Substitutionary Atonement

by Fr. Stephen Freeman For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures… (1 Cor. 15:3-4) No statement is more central to the Christian faith […]

Atonement, Theosis & St. Paul

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Orthodox Theology has only recently found its way into English, and much of that English is dominated by Latin terms: Trinity, Sacraments, Deification, Advent, Mission, Nativity, Presentation, Redemption, Salvation, and so on. Most Orthodox Christians appear to have no problem with this. Non-Latin English theological terms appear less frequently, Lent […]

Seven Things You Should Know About St. Peter’s Theology of Atonement

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon When we consider the oral tradition that preceded the writing of the Gospels, it is essential to consider its personal quality; only a few individuals were able to speak to the ministry and teaching of Jesus with recognized authority: the Apostles whom he had chosen. The Evangelists, in their composition, […]

Therapeutic Substitutionary Atonement

by Fr. Stephen Freeman For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures… (1 Corinthians 15:3-4) No statement is more central to the Christian […]

The Man of the Hour & The Cup of Destiny

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon In John’s Gospel the freedom of Jesus, with respect to his death, is truly thematic; no one has power over Jesus. We observe, for instance, John’s surprising description of his arrest, in which he appears in majesty and with full command: “Then Judas, having received a military detachment and officers […]