Monthly Archives: August 2020

God in Science: No Need for that Hypothesis

It’s funny how one can remember something read decades earlier but cannot remember the contents of a book read only last week. Back in seminary I read a little book by Arthur A. Vogel titled The Power of His Resurrection. … Continue reading

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“Why be surprised if people who set their hearts on Christ and want to follow him renounce themselves out of love?”

“If anyone wishes to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross and come after me.” Our Lord’s command seems hard and heavy, that anyone who wants to follow him must renounce himself. But … Continue reading

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The Path Upward: Liturgy, Universalism, and George Seferis

by Christopher Howell Burning burning burning burning O Lord Thou pluckest me out O Lord Thou pluckest burning ~ T.S. Eliot ~ “When you asked me about hell the other day,” wrote Philip Sherrard in a 1966 letter to the … Continue reading

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St. Gregory of Nyssa–Teacher of Eternal Damnation?

by C. T. Cohen One reader of Eclectic Orthodoxy has brought up two passages from St. Gregory of Nyssa’s work De Infantibus Praemature Abreptis (On Infant’s Early Deaths). On the face of it, one of these two sections may suggest … Continue reading

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“Peter, the teacher of the world, was permitted to sin, so that having been forgiven himself he would be merciful to others”

Peter was to be entrusted with the keys of the Church, or rather, he was entrusted with the keys of heaven; to him would be committed the whole people of God. The Lord told him: “Whatever you bind on earth … Continue reading

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“The Spirit of the Grand Inquisitor” by Nikolai Berdyaev

This following article was written by the Russian Orthodox Philosopher Nikolai Berdyaev, soon after his friend Fr. Sergius Bulgakov received his first condemna­tion from the Moscow Patriarchate, on September 7th of 1935. It was published in the December issue of … Continue reading

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Freedom of Thought in the Orthodox Church

by Fr. Sergius Bulgakov I do not wish to consider the actual question of my own particular case. I will only try to explain to you the general principles of freedom in the Orthodox Church. Can freedom of thought exist … Continue reading

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Dogma, Damnation, and the Eucatastrophe of the Jesus Story

In both The Orthodox Church and “Dogma and Dogmatic Theology,” Sergius Bulgakov cites eschatology, among others, as a topic of theology open to dogmatic definition, the implica­tion being that standard Orthodox teaching on the last things—including ever­lasting perdi­tion—can only be … Continue reading

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