As faithful Christians, believing the scriptures to be reliable and true, we are called to pray to both saints and angels. There are a number of biblical passages which suggest the following: Some of God’s people, both on earth and in heaven, have the ability to see and hear things which happen far away. Based […]
In the history of the Orthodox Church, the honorary title ‘Theologian’ has been granted only three times. First to the beloved disciple and apostle Saint John, then centuries later to Saint Gregory of Nazianzen, and finally to the eleventh century Saint, Symeon ‘the New.’ Born in Galatia (A.D. 949), St. Symeon was educated in Constantinople, […]
As with the rest of creation, our God is Lord even of quantum mechanics. He created the space-time continuum, and physical barriers or geographical distances are no obstacles for his might. He can transport people (and their prayers) to any location in the universe—instantaneously. In him we live, move, and have our being (Acts 17:28). […]
What is apophatic theology, and how does it differ from Western philosophy? In order to participate in apophatic theology, why are holiness and purity of heart needed? And why is total ignorance a necessary aspect of experiencing God?
The necessity of genuine contemplation and purification can be best highlighted by contrasting the true apophatic theology of Orthodoxy with the philosophy of rational negations which has been sometimes practiced within Catholicism and Protestantism. These two approaches often lead to writings which bear certain surface similarities, so it is important to ferret out the core distinction.
Imagine a fierce tribal culture where bloodthirsty pagan gods are worshiped, and ritual human sacrifice is a frequent practice. Some of these violent tribesmen attack your town, break into your home, and kidnap you. At the age of 15, you are torn away from your family, your home, your friends, your church, and everything that […]
Throughout the scriptures we see both the inward and outward aspects of worship offered to God as being in unity with one another. For example, scripture tells us to lift both our “hands” and our “hearts” to God (Lam. 3:41). The hands are outward, and the heart is inward. God is glorified by both, and he commands us to worship him […]