Soul-Killing State Of Mind: Part 1

The irreconcilability of Far Eastern spiritual practices and the Orthodox faith © 2012 by Amelia Bacic-Tulevski. Excerpt reprinted with permission. Are Christians permitted to practice meditation and yoga? Does karma mean “what goes around comes around?” Is reiki a legitimate therapeutic technique with promising results? In scrupulous detail, Amelia exposes the spiritually fatal nature of […]

The Historical Development of Holy Week Services In Orthodoxy

The Paschal fast of Holy Week1 is the most ancient part of the Great Fast.2 It is already well attested by the second century, in conjunction with the rites of Christian initiation through baptism. At first spanning one or two days, the fast lengthened to four and then to a full six already by the […]

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 […]

Where Orthodoxy Stands

by Fr. Stephen Freeman Many of the postmodern challenges to the modern perspective are questions about the character and nature of knowledge. A particular focus has been on the concept of objectivity. When we view something objectively, we think of ourselves as standing outside the thing being observed. We are able to “walk around” it […]

The Repetitious Character of Orthodoxy

By St. Nikolai Velimirovich In no other Churches are there so many repetitions, in no other so many symbols, as in the Orthodox Church. The whole worship is a continual repetition for thousands of years. In Byzantium was fixed the image of Christ, His mission, His worship. The whole system of belief and worship came, […]

The Impact of Orthodox Theology

by Jason Byassee Think of the standard theological debates in Western Christianity: Is conversion a matter of divine grace or human free will? Are theological disputes to be arbitrated by appeals to the Bible or to church tradition? Do the church’s authority and unity cohere in the pope, in a set of bishops, or in […]