Category Archives: Eschatology

White Walkers, Toll-Houses, and the Hermeneutic of Pascha

When I first heard about the aerial toll-houses, I dismissed them as the stuff of folklore, tales told by Old Nan to children when the winter days are short and the nights are long and cold. As terrifying as the … Continue reading

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“Will on will” or “will in will”?

I don’t often comment on other blogs anymore. I have enough trouble thinking of something intelligent to write for my own. But Fr Stephen Freeman has been recently blogging on the greater hope over at Glory to God for All … Continue reading

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Aerial Toll-Houses—Dogma or Pious Belief?

Inquiring minds want to know. Is the ancient teaching of the aerial toll-houses a dogma within the Orthodox Church? Is it a doctrine that must be taught by bishops and priests? Is it a doctrine that must be believed and confessed by the … Continue reading

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Life After Death and the Demonic Gauntlet

If Protestants love to debate the relationship between justification and sanctification and Catholics the extent and limits of papal infallibility, the Orthodox love to debate … aerial toll-booths!  “Aerial toll-houses? Never heard of them.” I know. Few outside of Orthodoxy … Continue reading

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U-turns and Transcendentals

by Pastor Tom Belt I’m delighted to be back at Eclectic Orthodoxy – my home away from home. I’m always informed and challenged by the content and the company here. It’s like pulling a chair up to a warm hearth … Continue reading

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Pascha and the Apokatastasis of Judas Iscariot

But what about the Iscariot‽ The fate of Judas is the challenge most often posed to anyone who dares to proclaim the greater hope. Christians have long debated whether few or many will be saved. St John Chrysostom appears to have been … Continue reading

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Eternal damnation—it’s just so damn obvious, right?

I was not surprised by the response but still a tad disappointed. A couple of weeks ago I visited an online Thomist discussion group and proposed the following: Let’s do a thought experiment: Bracket for the moment your belief in … Continue reading

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