Reading Scripture in Tradition: Why Sola Scriptura Doesn’t Work

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Orthodox Christians do not hold to the Reformation principle of Sola scriptura. Instead, we view the scriptures as the pinnacle or “summit”1 of holy tradition, neither separating the two as wholly distinct, nor eliminating one or the other. The reason for this is simple: the scriptures are a witness to divine revelation, given from God to mankind […]

Early Christian Worship and the Bones of Martyrs

Early Christian Worship and the Bones of Martyrs

In the Apostle’s Creed (an early Roman baptismal statement of faith) a person confesses belief in “the communion of saints.” While this creed is not widely used in the East, it is important that we understand the communion of saints as a matter of both ontology and incarnation—it is related to the essence or ‘being’ […]

The Western Critiques of Christian Iconoclasm

The Western Critiques of Christian Iconoclasm

Introduction As most historians recognize, the central events related to Byzantine iconoclasm in both the eighth and ninth centuries unfolded in and around the imperial city of Constantinople. Nevertheless, the churches of the West—and especially in the city of old Rome—were intimately involved in combatting this new, imperially-sanctioned heresy. In a piece last May on […]

Forgetting Christianity: Baptism, Sin, and the Devil

Forgetting Christianity: Baptism, Sin, and the Devil

Listen to this reflection on Ancient Faith Radio. – – – While baptism exorcises sin and the devil from the baptized, the Church of England has exorcised the language of sin and the devil from its baptismal rite. Instead of rejecting “the devil and all rebellion against God” and “repenting of the sins that separate us […]

Book Preview: The Old Testament in Eastern Orthodox Tradition

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This month, Oxford University Press is releasing The Old Testament in Eastern Orthodox Tradition, the latest publication by Fr. Eugen J. Pentiuc. Fr. Eugen was born and raised in Romania, where he began his theological education despite the shadow of communist oppression. He has since received graduate degrees from both Harvard University (M.A., Ph.D.) and the […]

An Orthodox Response to Feminism (Part 3)

An Orthodox Response to Feminism (Part 3)

When it’s correctly recognized that we are called to hold to the traditions that have been delivered to us by Christ and the apostles—one of the places where we are so called is 1 Cor. 11:2, just prior to the apostle’s discussion of male headship, examined in a previous post—then the problem with feminism and […]

The Attributes of the Church by St. Justin Popovich

The Attributes of the Church by St. Justin Popovich

I have drunk heavily from the following words for the better part of the last two years. It helped transform my spiritual life, my understanding of the Church and Her purpose as the Body of Christ, and my appreciation for Orthodoxy as a light in the relativistic darkness of the modern era. An excerpt from The […]

The Encyclical Letter of Mark of Ephesus

The Encyclical Letter of Mark of Ephesus

July 1440 To All Orthodox Christians on the Mainland and in the Islands. From Mark, Bishop of the Metropolis of Ephesus—Rejoice in Christ! To those who have ensnared us in an evil captivity—desiring to lead us away into the Babylon of Latin rites and dogmas—could not, of course, completely accomplish this, seeing immediately that there […]