Epistle on Islam and Muslims

Selected from the saint’s letters; sections on Islam and Muslims. by St. Ignatius Brianchaninov  Vainly and erroneously you think and say that virtuous… Muslims will be saved, that is they will join intercourse with God! Vainly you consider the contrary notion a novelty, a brief error! No! Such is the eternal teaching of the true […]

Doubt, Science, and Faith

by Metropolitan Anthony of Sourouzh When it comes to doubt, Thomas had it right all along. I have been posed a question about doubt. People fear doubt. But they fear in vain, because doubt comes into being when we do not know the truth in full and pose a question. I will give an example. […]

Soul-Killing State Of Mind: Part 6

An Afterword © 2012 by Amelia Bacic-Tulevski. Excerpt reprinted with permission. In Soul-Killing State of Mind: The Irreconcilability of Far Eastern Spiritual Practices and the Orthodox Faith, I discussed the dangers of Eastern religious practices and explained, from the Orthodox perspective, how they’re incompatible with Christian beliefs and detrimental to the health of our souls. […]

Soul-Killing State Of Mind: Part 5

Final thoughts © 2012 by Amelia Bacic-Tulevski. Excerpt reprinted with permission. Ultimately, whether the Eastern practice in which a Christian dabbles is meditation, yoga, reiki, or anything else, the result is usually the same: save any instances of Divine intervention, people who wade in non-Christian waters frequently end up drowning in them. After enough sessions […]

Soul-Killing State Of Mind: Part 4

“Universal Life Energy” Therapy: Encounters with the Occult. © 2012 by Amelia Bacic-Tulevski. Excerpt reprinted with permission. Just as meditation and yoga have become popular practices in the Christian West, so too has the practice of reiki, a so called universal life energy therapy. Facilities offering reiki services include hospitals, holistic “healing” centers, gyms, and […]

Soul-Killing State Of Mind: Part 3

Yoga and Meditation: Spiritual Transformation in the Wrong Direction. © 2012 by Amelia Bacic-Tulevski. Excerpt reprinted with permission. It can be argued that the goal of any religion, Christian or otherwise, is spiritual transformation. In Christian Orthodoxy, the ultimate goal of transforming oneself is to attain theosis, or union with God. The faithful Orthodox strives […]

Soul-Killing State Of Mind: Part 2

Religion that Feels Good: The Appeal of Eastern Spiritual Practices. © 2012 by Amelia Bacic-Tulevski. Excerpt reprinted with permission. “Eastern religions” is a catchall term encompassing a vast array of belief systems. Some, including Hinduism, Sikhism, Taoism, Shinto, and Confucianism, are theistic (mostly polytheistic). Others, like Buddhism and Jainism, are atheistic. While the various Eastern […]

Soul-Killing State Of Mind: Part 1

The irreconcilability of Far Eastern spiritual practices and the Orthodox faith © 2012 by Amelia Bacic-Tulevski. Excerpt reprinted with permission. Are Christians permitted to practice meditation and yoga? Does karma mean “what goes around comes around?” Is reiki a legitimate therapeutic technique with promising results? In scrupulous detail, Amelia exposes the spiritually fatal nature of […]