Category Archives: Theology

Purification by Atheism

by Olivier Clément I. Christianity against Freedom? Christianity first appeared as the affirmation of man’s liberty in the prison of a view of the universe in decay and seen no longer as the place of God’s revelation but as the … Continue reading

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Apollinarius and the Truncated Humanity of Christ

Virtually all I know about Apollinaris of Laodicea is that his heresy elicited a memorable response from St Gregory the Theologian: “What has not been assumed has not been healed.” So in preparation for reading the letters of Gregory to … Continue reading

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St Maximus the Confessor on the Cosmic Fall

Yesterday I discovered that for the past several years I have misunderstood David B Hart’s view of the fall of creation. I shared my misunderstanding on Facebook and Twitter, generating some interesting responses. Perhaps the most interesting—and certainly the most … 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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Fr Christiaan Kappes on the Essence-Energies Distinction

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An Edifying Interview with Maximus Scholar Paul Blowers

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Orthodoxy, Dogma, and the Neuralgic Question of Doctrinal Development

The debate on apokatastasis inevitably raises the question: Has Orthodoxy definitively, infallibly, irreversibly, dogmatically rejected the universalist hope? Must Christians believe that some, perhaps many or even most, will—or as some prefer to say may—be eternally damned? Is it constitutive … Continue reading

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Reading the Fathers Today

by Father John Behr

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