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White Walkers, Toll-Houses, and the Hermeneutic of Pascha

When I first heard about the aerial toll-houses, I dismissed them as the stuff of folklore, tales told by Old Nan to children when the winter days are short and the nights are long and cold. As terrifying as the … Continue reading

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Aerial Toll-Houses—Dogma or Pious Belief?

Inquiring minds want to know. Is the ancient teaching of the aerial toll-houses a dogma within the Orthodox Church? Is it a doctrine that must be taught by bishops and priests? Is it a doctrine that must be believed and confessed by the … Continue reading

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Life After Death and the Demonic Gauntlet

If Protestants love to debate the relationship between justification and sanctification and Catholics the extent and limits of papal infallibility, the Orthodox love to debate … aerial toll-booths!  “Aerial toll-houses? Never heard of them.” I know. Few outside of Orthodoxy … Continue reading

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Dumitru Staniloae: The Impersonality of Catholic Purgatory

Dumitru Staniloae presents the traditional Orthodox vision of hell and eternal damnation so forthrightly that it takes one’s breath away. He remorselessly pursues the gift of freedom to its logical end. The Son of God welcomes all sinners in love … Continue reading

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Dumitru Staniloae: Damnation and the Phantasmagoric Effervescence of Passion

It is a terrifying vision. Death arrives. The soul is sundered from the body. The sinner begins the climb up the ladder of judgment to hear the eschatological decision of Christ. Angels stand on the upper right, demons on the … Continue reading

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Dumitru Staniloae: Judgment of man by Man

The mystery of paradise and hell is the mystery of freedom. Orthodoxy Christianity, explains Dumitru Staniloae, views the Last Things through the prism of communion, and “because disposition toward communion is a matter of freedom, the question of paradise and … Continue reading

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