Category Archives: Theology

The Curious Doctrine of Aerial Toll Houses

Over the past couple of years, the doctrine of aerial toll houses has come under critical blog scrutiny, prompted especially by the publication of Departure of the Soul According to the Teaching of the Orthodox Church. The doctrine enjoys a … Continue reading

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Vampires and Crosses

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Against You Only Have I Sinned: Christ, Creation, and the Final Judgment

by Roberto De La Noval In the psalm traditionally ascribed to King David and set in the aftermath of his adultery with Bathsheba and the murder of Uriah, we hear David cry to God in confession: “Against you, you only, … Continue reading

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Atonement and the Image of God

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Icons and the Synodikon of Orthodoxy

A yearly thanksgiving is due to God on account of that day when we recovered the Church of God, with the demonstration of the dogmas of true religion and the overthrowing of the blasphemies of wickedness. Following prophetic sayings, yielding … Continue reading

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Reversible Infallibility: When a Dogma Becomes Irrelevant

Once a second-order doctrine is recognized by the Church as infallibly constitutive of the Christian faith, must it be considered irreformable under all conditions and circum­stances? Historically, as George Lindbeck notes, this question “is not traditional, and therefore there are … Continue reading

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May an infallible dogma lose its infallibility?

Surely the question posed in the title is absurd. How can a dogmatic statement deemed essential to the integrity of the Christian faith—that both guarantees and is guaranteed by the religion—ever be apprehended by Christians as dispensable, perhaps even meaningless? … Continue reading

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