Category Archives: Theology

The Christian Concept of Death

by Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann Indeed “if Christ is not risen, then your faith is in vain.” These are the words of the Apostle Paul, and they remain fundamental for Christianity to this day. “He suffered and was buried. And He … Continue reading

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The “Infinite Content of the Dogmatic Formulae”: Stăniloae and (Rethinking) the Limits of Dogma

by Alvin Rapien Dogma, as defined by the Cambridge Dictionary, is “a fixed belief or set of beliefs that people are expected to accept without any doubts.” Such a definition is echoed within both popular and academic understandings of religious … Continue reading

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Passing Beyond the Neo-Patristic Synthesis

by The Very Rev. Dr. John Behr Looking back at the past century, this paper explores, first, the genesis and limitations of the Neo-Patristic synthesis and, second, the specialization and fragmentation of the discipline of theology, thereby also indicating possible … Continue reading

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The Ascension of Our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ

by Protopresbyter George Dion Dragas “And while he was blessing them, he departed and started to ascend to heaven” (Luke 24:51) The Ascension as the pinnacle of the Feasts of the Lord. How bright and wonderful is this Feast! It … Continue reading

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Suffering and Death: Elements of an Orthodox Theodicy

I was invited to take part with two other pastors in a panel discussion yesterday at Life Pacific College in Christiansburg, Virginia on the topic of suffering, evil, and God. We were each given 20 minutes for our initial presentations. … Continue reading

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Origen and the Eschatological Creation of the Cosmos

by Fr John Behr, Ph.D. After using for several decades G. W. Butterworth’s translation of Origen’s On First Principles (the standard translation used in the English speaking world for the better part of a century), I became convinced that not … Continue reading

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About God’s Grace

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