On Moral Heresy

This deserves a wide readership –  please share liberally on social media and email. by Fr. John Whiteford We have previously discussed Aristotle Papanikolaou’s strange notion that, unlike the dogmas of the Church, Orthodox Christian morality is open to dispute and change (see The Living Church 2.0). In the wake of a recent conference in Oxford […]

Did Christ quote from the Septuagint?

by Fr. John Whiteford From Fr. John Whiteford’s “Stump the Priest” series of blogposts. Question: “I have heard that Christ quoted the Septuagint. Is there a listing of these quotes?” It is a generally recognized fact that “the writers of the New Testament used almost exclusively the Greek Septuagint” (Timothy Michael Law, When God Spoke Greek: […]

Is Bible Study Orthodox?

Sadly, people are still asking this question, or worse, answering that it is not! by Fr. John Whiteford   It is unfortunately not uncommon to find Orthodox people who argue that it is not Orthodox to study the Bible. Perhaps clergy and monastics should study the Bible, they might concede, but not laymen. They argue […]

The Bible and Homosexual Practice (7 Video Lectures)

by Fr. John Whiteford One of the best books you can read on the subject of Homosexuality from a Christian perspective is “The Bible and Homosexual Practice,” by Dr. Robert Gagnon of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. I found the following videos which provide some of the highlights of that book in lecture format.   The Old Testament […]

Shrimp and Homosexuality

by Fr. John Whiteford In reponse to Christian stands against homosexuality non-Christians often point to Old Testament laws that are no longer followed by New Testament Christians, such as the Leviticus 11:9-12 forbidding of the consumption of shrimp. Why do Christians continue to adhere to some Old Testament laws and not others? Why do Christians […]

On Rebaptism in the Eastern Orthodox Church

an interview with Fr. John Whiteford I’ve been a fan of Fr. John Whiteford for some time, and his presentation on this important topic is balanced and excellent in the superlative.  ?? Share the post “On Rebaptism in the Eastern Orthodox Church” FacebookGoogle+LinkedInPinterestTwitterEmailBookmarkPrint

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 […]

Stump the Priest: Raising Hands at the Liturgy

by Fr. John Whiteford Question: “Is it proper for laymen to raise their hands in prayer during the consecration of the Eucharist and the Lord’s Prayer?” No. Raising hands in prayer is a very ancient practice, and following this practice is private prayer is certainly acceptable. However, even among the clergy, only the presiding clergyman […]