The Truth of Orthodox Anthropology

Transfiguration plays a major role in understanding mankind, the reality and quality of freedom, and the intention of God in the creation of the Universe. by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Gregory the Theologian placed the synthetic —body and soul—quality of human existence in the larger context of the whole created order, within which he distinguished […]

The Sole Forum Where Creation Can Examine Itself

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon The thinking man, if he wants his thought about freedom to be complete, must also reflect—on the basis of his own experience—that freedom is inseparable from consciousness and the conscious experience of pursuing and discerning truth. If freedom is really free, it must be part of self-reflective thought, or logos; […]

On the Virgin Birth and the Creation of Woman

by St. John Chrysostom It was fitting that the Giver of all holiness should enter this world by a pure and holy birth. For He it is that of old formed Adam from the virgin earth, and from Adam without help of woman formed woman. For as without woman Adam produced woman, so did the […]

The Divine Plan: The Simple Elegance of Creation and Freedom

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Let us make man in Our Image, suggested He-Who-Is. We are under no constraint to do so, obviously, but We will do it anyway. It will be an exercise in freedom. The entire enterprise would be rather pointless, moreover, unless We give man the capacity for freedom. Man’s attainment of […]

God and Man in Composite Creation

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon The apostles, when they went forth to proclaim the Lordship of Jesus, consistently placed that message in a particular context: the cosmology of the Bible, based on the doctrine of Creation. Although the dominical mandate the apostles received did not explicitly say so (Mt 28:19-20; Mk 16:15; Lk 24:46-48; Acts […]

The Once and Future Darkness

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon From the first page of Holy Writ, the reader is left with no doubt about the nature of the world and humanity’s place within it. These themes are made very plain. Perhaps it is less obvious that a certain polemical concern is active in the mind of the Hebrew author […]

Nothing Created by God is Evil

by St. Maximus the Confessor Nothing created by God is evil. It is not food that is evil but gluttony, not the begetting of children but unchastity, not material things but avarice, not esteem but self-esteem. It is only the misuse of things that is evil, not the things themselves.     Share the post […]

The Political God is the Buffoon King

  by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon The account of Esther commences with an emperor and his empire. This emperor’s original-Persian-name was Xsayarsa. The Babylonians called him Achshiyarshu, which gave rise to the Hebrew version in the Massoretic text, Akhashverosh. Jerome, in his Latin translation from Hebrew, transliterated this to Ahasuerus, the name maintained in most […]