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Repentance and Salvation: Transcending the Pharisee Within

“For whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it” (Matt 16:25)—here is the heart of Orthodox ethics, Christos Yannaras passionately avers. This may come as a surprise to many. … Continue reading

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Meditating Four Quartets: The Dry Salvages (III/2)

Am I the same person who walked along the Potomac River when I was a boy or who was so convinced at the age of 22 that God was calling him into the Sacred Priesthood? Where is the man with … Continue reading

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Transcending Moralism and the Freedom of the Spirit

This has been an interesting past couple of days.  My post “Grace, Moralism and Unmoral Christianity” generated more “views” than any of my postings for the past few months, no doubt due in large measure to Fr Stephen Freeman’s recommendation … Continue reading

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Grace, Moralism and Unmoral Christianity

In his recent blog article “The Un-moral Christian,” Fr Stephen Freeman criticizes the tendency to reduce the Christian life to obedience to moral rules. “The nature of the Christian life,” he declares, “is not rightly described as the adherence to … Continue reading

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“The Experience of God” (Part 5)

The Experience of God is an exceptionally rich and demanding book. I have only touched the surface of David Hart’s reflections. It is not a book for everyone. One at least needs to be curious about the nature of being … Continue reading

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