Orthodox Biblical Interpretation and Protestant Biblical Scholarship

by Fr. John Whiteford The question of what Orthodox Christians should make of Protestant biblical scholarship is a complicated question. First off, what do I mean by “Protestant biblical scholarship”? I don’t mean to limit this to the work of scholars who are actually Protestants — I include any scholar who takes the approach to […]

How the Antichrist can be Recognized

The monks of the Solovetsky monastery pass on the answer given by Righteous Zosima to his disciples, when he was asked how the Antichrist could be recognized. Righteous Zosima said, “When you will hear that Christ has appeared on earth, know then that this is the Antichrist.” This answer is most precise. The world or […]

What Shall We Offer to the Virgin?

by St. Photios the Great Such things the archangel was saying, drawing the spotless maiden to assent. But to this what was the reply of the honored virgin, the heavenly chamber, the holy mountain, the sealed fountain, kept for Him only who had sealed it? “Since,” says she, “thou hast clearly explained that the Holy […]

What Repentance Is

by St. John Climacus “Repentance is the renewal of Baptism. Repentance is a contract with God for a second life… Repentance is a constant distrust of bodily comfort… Repentance is the daughter of hope and the renunciation of despair. Repentance is reconciliation with the Lord by practice of good deeds contrary to the sins. Repentance […]

The Mysteries of the Faith Are Not to Be Divulged to All

by St. Clement of Alexandria But since this tradition is not published alone for him who perceives the magnificence of the word; it is requisite, therefore, to hide in a mystery the wisdom spoken, which the Son of God taught. Now, therefore, Isaiah the prophet has his tongue purified by fire, so that he may […]

Suicide: Why the Church Does What it Does

by Fr. John A. Peck “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34). The following is an excerpt of a talk on Suicide in Christian History given at the 3rd Annual Orthodox Bioethics Conference held in Daly City, CA and sponsored by the Vicariate for Palestinian/Jordanian Orthodox Christian Communities in the […]

“The main problem of our time is doing little with a general habit of verbosity”

Our final installment of the responses to the question posed to Russian priests: How should we preach Christ in modern society? Enjoy! by Priest Dimitry Shishkin Preaching Christ is above all expressed in imitating Him and not in words only. This imitation in a deep, spiritual and precise way is only possible in the body […]

“People Thirst for Common Kindness and not Rhetorical Skills”

Each day this week, we will publish a different response to the question posed to Russian priests: How should we preach Christ in modern society? Enjoy! by Priest Valery Dukhanin Here is a short story of our days. An Orthodox parishioner of one ancient monastery went to Israel. It so happened that she became the […]