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The Ecumenical Stain of Original Sin

Do Orthodoxy and Catholicism significantly disagree on original sin? Both agree that by his sin and disobedience Adam broke fellowship with God and introduced into the world chaos, disharmony, corruption, evil, and death. But Orthodoxy dissents from Catholicism, we are … Continue reading

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Augustine of Hippo–the Patron Saint of Skeptics?

by Alexander Earl How do we know what we know? Do we even know anything? What does it mean to know something, anyhow? Come to think of it, how do you know you’re not dreaming, that these words are not … Continue reading

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In Defense of Christian Platonism

by Alexander Earl “That it is especially with the Platonists that we must carry on our disputations on matters of theology, their opinions being preferable to those of all other philosophers.” ~ St Augustine of Hippo I. Introductions St Augustine … Continue reading

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Why is Predestination Missing in Action?

Something is wrong with traditional formulations of the doctrine of divine predestination. For over fifteen hundred years theologians of the Church—Augustine, John Cassian, John of Damascus, Thomas Aquinas, John Duns Scotus, John Calvin, Luis de Molina, Robert Bellarmine, Jacobus Arminius, … Continue reading

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St Augustine and the Varieties of Monergism

by Phillip Cary, Ph.D. Synergism is just a Greek way of saying “co-operation,” which in turn is just a Latin way of saying “working together.” Paul uses the corresponding Greek verb when he describes himself and his colleagues as “co-working” … Continue reading

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St Augustine on Justification by Grace

by Phillip Cary, Ph.D. To ask about Augustine’s view of justification is already something of an anachronism. To begin with, Augustine does not make a distinction between justification and sanctification. Of course he speaks a great deal about righteousness (i.e. … Continue reading

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Irresistible grace: our secret hope?

Whenever the Lutheran theologian Gerhard Forde was asked, “Is the grace of God irresistible?” he would typically reply, “I find it to be so, don’t you?” How would you answer the question? In yesterday’s article “Irresistible Grace: Is Sergius Bulgakov … Continue reading

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