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The “Infinite Content of the Dogmatic Formulae”: Stăniloae and (Rethinking) the Limits of Dogma

by Alvin Rapien Dogma, as defined by the Cambridge Dictionary, is “a fixed belief or set of beliefs that people are expected to accept without any doubts.” Such a definition is echoed within both popular and academic understandings of religious … Continue reading

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Theosis and the Palamite Distinction: Questions & Concerns

by Fr Aidan Kimel That there exists in God a real distinction between his essence and his energies, theologians assure us, is an irreformable dogma of the Orthodox Church. If so, it is a curious dogma, originating in a question … 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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Is the Palamite Distinction Ecumenical Dogma?

1. The official "Message" of the Council (think cover letter), still in draft form, will affirm other Councils as "Ecumenical." — George Demacopoulos (@GDemacopoulos) June 21, 2016 2. Council of 879 (ending poorly-named Photian Schism) and Councils of 1350s, endorsing … Continue reading

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The Dogmatic Status of Apokatastasis

[This article has been significantly revised and republished under the title “Dogma, Damnation, and the Eucatastrophe of the Jesus Story.”] In both The Orthodox Church and his essay “Dogma and Dogmatic Theology,” Fr Sergius Bulgakov men­tions eschatology as a relatively … Continue reading

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Dogma and Doctrine in the Orthodox Church

(This article has been substantially revised, expanded, and republished under the title “Orthodoxy, Dogma, and the Neuralgic Question of Doctrinal Development.”) The debate on apokatastasis inevitably raises the question: Has the Orthodox Church definitively, infallibly, irreversibly excluded the universalist hope? … Continue reading

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Hell (Unfortunately)?

I have been asked by several readers to respond to the recent blog article by Orthodox priest Fr Stephen De Young: “Hell (Unfortunately) Yes.” I’m happy to do so, especially considering that Fr Stephen has given us something different from … Continue reading

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When Does Mere Christianity Become Less than Mere?

Last month Roger Olson posted an article on his blog arguing for greater modesty in theology: “Theology and Speculation.” He followed this up with a piece on divine timelessness as an example of unwarranted speculation. Theologians typically engage in a … Continue reading

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