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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

In both The Orthodox Church and his essay “Dogma and Dogmatic Theology,” Fr Sergius Bulgakov mentions eschatology as a relatively unexplored topic of theology open to dogmatic definition, the implication being that standard Orthodox teaching on eschatological matters can only be … Continue reading

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Dogma and Doctrine in the Orthodox Church

The debate on apokatastasis inevitably raises the question: Has the Orthodox Church definitively, infallibly, irreversibly excluded the universalist hope? Must Christians believe that some, perhaps many, will be eternally damned? Does everlasting hell belong to the dogmatic consciousness of the … 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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Olson and Talbott: Is there a difference between expecting and hoping?

This will be a quick post.  My intent is more to open up a question for discussion than to advance a sustained argument.   Last week Arminian theologian Roger Olson declared that he and his fellow Arminians are “immune to … Continue reading

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St Vincent of Lérins: Are Ecumenical Councils Infallible?

It is now time to get down to cases. How does St Vincent of Lérins envision the practical resolution of doctrinal disputes? How does the Church go about distinguishing between profectus and permutationes? In the beginning of the Commonitorium, Vincent … Continue reading

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