Category Archives: Isaac the Syrian

“The hard tortures are grief for love”

I say that even those who are tormented in Gehenna are tormented with the torments of love. Torments for love’s sake, that is, the torment of those who perceive that they have sinned against love, is harder and more bitter … 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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Sebastian Brock on St Isaac the Syrian and his Understanding of Universal Salvation

I wish to thank the internationally respected scholar of Syrian Christianity, Dr Sebastian Brock, for giving me permission to share with the readers of Eclectic Orthodoxy this previously unpublished lecture on the eschatology of St Isaac the Syrian. Enjoy! If … Continue reading

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“In love did He bring the world into existence”

What profundity of richness, what mind and exalted wisdom is God’s. What compassionate kindness and abundant goodness belongs to the Creator! With what purpose and with what love did He create this world and bring it into existence! What a … Continue reading

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Good news and bad news: All are saved … Satan too

Elder Paisios once fasted and prayed for two weeks for the eternal salvation of the devil. While praying he saw a dog’s head sticking his tongue out and mocking him. Paisios concluded from this incident that “God is ready to … Continue reading

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St Isaac the Syrian: The Triumph of the Kingdom over Gehenna

“Those who are punished in Gehenna are scourged by the scourge of love”—these words of St Isaac the Syrian have profoundly influenced the Orthodox understanding of hell and damnation. I suspect that most readers of St Isaac’s writings have long … Continue reading

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St Isaac the Syrian: Hell and the Scourge of Divine Love

God has created humanity for eternal communion with himself. By love he has created us for love to share in the eternal Paradise of love. Hear the words of St Isaac of Nineveh: Paradise is the love of God, wherein … Continue reading

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St Isaac the Syrian: Love and the Punishment of Evil

But surely God punishes the wicked! Surely there is divine retribution for sin and evil, if not in this life at least in hell! As the angels spoke of Sodom: “For we are about to destroy this place, because the … Continue reading

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