The Sin of Nationalism

The Church is our true nation by Abbot Tryphon With the fall of communism, some nations with a history of Orthodoxy would seek to establish the Orthodox Church as a State Church, something that history tells us can be a big mistake. When the Bolsheviks defeated Imperial Russia, the former government’s close ties with the […]

A Good, Old Fashioned Gnostic Beatdown

St. Ireneaus of Lyon, terror of gnostics, crusher of heresy by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon In the second century, Irenaeus, the second bishop of Lyons, explicitly asked-with respect to the eternal Word – “for what purpose did he come down?” ( Against the Heresies 2.14.7). And the answer: “that he might destroy sin, abolish death, […]

What is the Worst Sin in the Bible?

 by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon If you answer this question like most modern Christians, you’re probably wrong. Because the Old Testament records the historical pedagogy by which God prepared His People for the arrival of the Savior, it is hardly surprising that it says a great deal about what human beings were to be saved […]

The Incomprehensibility of Sin: A Problem for Apologetics

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Following the lead of Holy Scripture, the Church has consistently proclaimed that Christ is victorious over three enemies: Sin, Death, and Satan. All three, alas, pose special difficulties for those outside the Christian faith we are proposing to them. We Christians understand sin, for instance, in a way nearly incomprehensible […]

Making It A Fair Fight for the Devil

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon According to Athanasius of Alexandria, man’s repentance from sin would not have been sufficient to restore him to friendship with God. To imagine otherwise is to suppose an inadequate and unbiblical view of sin. Sin is not a merely moral offense, after all, an injury readily cured by simple repentance. […]

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 […]

The Transgression of Adam

by St. Symeon the New Theologian HOMILY 1 1. In What Consisted the Transgression of Adam? THE FIRST-CREATED ADAM, being in Paradise, fell, at the instigation of the serpent, into pride; and having dreamed of being a god, as the devil told him, he tasted of the tree from which God had commanded him not […]

Why Christ Came Down

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon In the second century, Irenaeus, the second bishop of Lyons, explicitly asked-with respect to the eternal Word – “for what purpose did he come down?” (Against the Heresies 2.14.7). And the answer, “that he might destroy sin, abolish death, and give life to man” (3.18.7). Irenaeus explains, “God created man […]