No Old Testament, No Christian Theology

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Understanding Salvation to consist in the union of human beings with God, the Church, rather early in the history of Sacred Theology, perceived (and went on, in her conciliar determinations, to define) an intimate connection between the truth of Salvation and the truth of the Incarnation. Briefly stated, this means […]

Proportion & Measurement in Exegesis

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Essential to a Christian understanding of Sacred Scripture is the principle of analogia. That is to say, a perception of proportion and measurement is at the heart of the exegetical and theological enterprise because of the unity, coherence, and integrity of God’s Word through Creation and Salvation History. In Jesus’ […]

Theology and Science: Part 3

By Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos 3. THE TASK OF THE THEOLOGIAN AND THE TASK OF THE SCIENTIST So far we have discussed the relation between metaphysics and science and pointed how they were linked together in the past, but in our age, especially in the last two-three centuries, they have been de-linked. However, even though […]

Theology and Science: Part 2

By Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos 2. ORTHODOXY AS ANTI-METAPHYSICS The Fathers of the Church – and I have in mind in particular St. Gregory the Theologian, St. Gregory of Nyssa and some others who dealt with these issues, as well as St. Gregory Palamas – operate not in the framework of classical and western metaphysics […]

Theology and Science: Part 1

By Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos Before elaborating on the topic I would like to point out that when I use the term “theology” I mean the Orthodox patristic theology, as preserved in the Orthodox Church, not the Scholastic and Protestant theology developed in the West. In elaborating the topic, I will briefly mention some points […]

Secularism in Theology

by Metropolitan Hierotheus (Vlachos) of Nafpaktos Since theology is the voice and faith of the Church, it follows that what has been said about the Church so far applies to theology too. We will attempt to discuss this particular subject a little more in order to see the way orthodox theology is secularized in more detail. […]

On Bad Theology

by Scott Cairns Probably the most frustrating thing about Christians these days is that their theology is so often far from Christian. There are, admittedly, a fair number of world religions whose take on the past, present and future might be summarized by “As it is written, so shall it be.” This may come as […]

The Terms of the Ecumenical Councils and the Living Organisms

Contextual Theology: Part Four By Metropolitan Hierotheos Vlachos We all need to accept the basic position that the Church is a living reality; that She is the Body of Christ and the community of theosis and, subsequently, that the Church gives birth to Fathers and not the Fathers who give birth to the Church. This […]