Tag Archives: Origen

Ante-Nicene Subordinationism and the Unitarian Narrative

So how did we get from trinity to Trinity, from the one God with his Son and Holy Spirit to the tri-personal God in which each person is ontologically distinct and yet equally divine? As we saw in “Once Upon … Continue reading

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Eschatology and Orthodoxy

Fr Sergius Bulgakov’s presentation of the Last Things is a masterpiece of dogmatic and mystical theology. Here is no mere reiteration of opinions from the past. Bulgakov is convinced that the Church has only begun to reflect deeply on the … Continue reading

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Sometimes Eternal Isn’t Forever

When discussing the question of universal salvation, someone will immediately appeal to our Lord’s teaching on hell. For defenders of the traditional doctrine, it is simply obvious that Jesus taught eternal damnation. Certainly that is how almost all the English … Continue reading

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Rehabilitating Origen

David Bentley Hart is his own man, with his own distinctive voice and writing style—and thank God for that. His theological writings have been described as brilliant, incisive, penetrating, trenchant, over-blown, outrageous. He is impossible to pigeon-hole. He has read … Continue reading

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Apocatastasis: The Heresy that Never Was

When first presented with the universalist hope, many Orthodox and Roman Catholics immediately invoke the authority of the Fifth Ecumenical Council (553), citing the fifteen anti-Origenist anathemas: “Apokatastasis has been dogmatically defined by the Church as heresy—see canon 1 … … Continue reading

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St Justinian on Apokatastasis

The folks at Classical Christianity posted today a passage from St Justinian’s letter to Patriarch Menas criticizing universal salvation. This is the letter in which the Emperor commanded the patriarch to convene a synod to condemn the teachings of Origen. … Continue reading

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The Fifth Theological Oration: The Progressive Revelation of the Spirit

If the Holy Spirit is God, why is this truth not explicitly taught in the inspired Scriptures of the Church? If the Holy Spirit is God, why did it take over 350 years for the Church to dogmatically confess it? … Continue reading

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