Can the Dead Repent?

by Fr. John Whiteford Question: “If someone dies without repentance, is it possible for such a person to repent after death?” Scripture, as explained by the Fathers of the Church, states that this is not possible. Psalm 6:5 says: “For in death there is none that is mindful of Thee, and in hades who will […]

Is the Veneration of the Cross Idolatry?

by Fr. John Whiteford Another grand slam from the Bible – from Fr. John’s “Stump the Priest” column Question: How would you answer a Protestant who considered our veneration of the Cross (bowing down before it and kissing it) to be idolatry? First we should consider whether or not bowing down before something or kissing […]

What About Slavery In The Bible?

by Fr. John Whiteford Question: “I often hear the argument that the Bible approved of slavery and that either this means that the Bible should be dismissed as having any validity, or that things evolve over time, and so just as we no longer allow slavery, perhaps we should change our views on homosexuality. How […]

What About The Unicorns?

by Fr. John Whiteford Stump the Priest: Unicorns? Question: “In the antiphons of the feast of the Transfiguration I was struck by a reference to unicorns. What does that mean?” In the second antiphon of the feast, there are three stichoi: Stichos 1: The mountains of Zion on the side of the north, the city of […]

A Reply To Jonathan Edwards’ ‘Treatise On The Will’

by Fr. John Whiteford First of all, Edwards’ treatise seems to me to have more to do with John Locke, than it does with the view of the will found in the Bible. John Locke was a great thinker, but was essentially a theistic empiricist. His views on human psychology seek to apply the principles […]