Freedom and Man’s Fall

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon It is important that Christians, when they speak of “human nature,” understand this expression in a biblical sense. And when they are told that “human nature does not change,” they should recognize the assertion as more Aristotelian than Christian. When God created human beings, it was precisely for the purpose […]

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; […]

St. Gregory Palamas: Traditionalist or Innovator?

by Jesse Dominick St. Gregory Palamas (1296-1359), Archbishop of Thessaloniki (1347-1359), was and is a controversial figure. His experience and teachings of the Uncreated energies of God was severely attacked by Barlaam the Calabrian (who accused him of following the supposedly innovative teachings of St. Nicephorus of Mt. Athos [d. c. 1300]),[1] Gregory Akindynos, Nicephoras […]

Why Man is Destitute of Natural Weapons and Covering

by St. Gregory of Nyssa But what means the uprightness of his figure? And why is it that those powers which aid life do not naturally belong to his body? But man is brought into life bare of natural covering, an unarmed and poor being, destitute of all things useful, worthy, according to appearances, of […]

How God Judges Men

By Christos Yannaras God is not the “judge” of men in the sense of a magistrate who passes sentence and imposes a punishment, testifying to the transgression. He is judge because of what He is: the possibility of life and true existence. When man voluntarily cuts himself off from this possibility of existence, he is […]

The Death of Christ on the Cross: The Life of Man

by Fr. Stephen Freeman Several years ago, someone wrote and asked, “Why did Christ have to die on the Cross?” It is the question that prompted this article. On September 14th (New Calendar), the Church marks the Feast of the Elevation of the Cross. It is a fitting time to ask, “Why did Christ have […]

Hell And God’s Love: An Alternative Orthodox Approach

by Eric Simpson From the Huffington Post (!) Common depictions of the Christian doctrine of hell, perhaps borrowing images from classic literature and Dante, portray it as a place of literal fire, where tortured souls repose in anguish, a vision much used by itinerant evangelists and manipulative preachers. A further degradation of this cartoon vision […]

Ancient Fears and Modern Man

by Fr. Ian Page Text: Luke 8:26-39 Date delivered: 22nd Sunday after Pentecost (24/10/2010) Location: Parish of St. Peter & St. Paul, Clapham, London In the name of the +Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. I must confess that I met the idea of preaching upon today’s Gospel with a certain […]