Monthly Archives: October 2014

Christian Marriage in Byzantium

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Synod of the Family and Debating Difficult Questions

Social media exploded upon the release of the interim relatio of the Synod of the Family. Progressives are exulting in the return of the spirit of Vatican II; traditionalists are upset and demanding an immediate halt to debate and unambiguous … Continue reading

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Will the “Real” St Isaac of Nineveh Please Stand Up

by Eric Jobe, Ph.D. In a series of seven posts on his blog Mystagogy, John Sanidopoulos has published an essay by the Protopresbyter John Photopoulos regarding some of the more controversial theology found in the so-called Second Part of the … Continue reading

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Eastern Orthodoxy and the Eucharistic Transmutation

That the Holy Orthodox Church boldly and steadfastly confesses the Holy Gifts of the Holy Orthodox to be the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, no one can doubt. But satisfactory interpretations of the eucharistic mystery are difficult to find. … Continue reading

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The Good News of Apatheia, or Why God Doesn’t Need to be Unhappy Just Because We Are

This month Eclectic Orthodoxy celebrates its two year anniversary. The blog has been a great blessing to me. I hope it’s been interesting, at least occasionally, to others. To help me celebrate I’ve asked Tom Belt of An Open Orthodoxy … Continue reading

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Orthodoxy by Fr John Behr

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Staniloae and Zizioulas: The Incomprehensibility of Divine Personhood and the Mysticism of the Hoi Poloi

The Eastern theological tradition has long insisted the essence of God is incomprehensible, inaccessible, unknowable, and imparticipable to all rational creatures, human and angelic. The living God can only be apprehended through his divine energies. As Vladimir Lossky writes: “Wholly … Continue reading

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