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The Path Upward: Liturgy, Universalism, and George Seferis

by Christopher Howell Burning burning burning burning O Lord Thou pluckest me out O Lord Thou pluckest burning ~ T.S. Eliot ~ “When you asked me about hell the other day,” wrote Philip Sherrard in a 1966 letter to the … Continue reading

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Orthodoxy, Dogma, and the Neuralgic Question of Doctrinal Development

The debate on apokatastasis inevitably raises the question: Has Orthodoxy definitively, infallibly, irreversibly, dogmatically rejected the universalist hope? Must Christians believe that some, perhaps many or even most, will—or as some prefer to say may—be eternally damned? Is it constitutive … 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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St John the Wonderworker and the Immaculate Conception

The doctrine of the Immaculate Conception, solemnly defined by Pope Pius IX in 1854, is regularly cited by Orthodox theologians and apologists as a decisive barrier to the reunion of the Orthodox and Catholic Churches. The doctrine represents, St John … 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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