The Church is Apostolic

The Church is Apostolic

The fourth attribute of the Church is ‘apostolicity.’ According to the Greek tradition, salvation involves the transformation of a sinner into the likeness of God; it is to become by grace what Christ is by nature. This perspective of salvation, called theosis or deification, is at the heart of what it means to say the […]

Book Preview: The Orthodox Church in the Arab World (700–1700)

On Behalf of All - Book Preview

Forthcoming from Northern Illinois University Press is The Orthodox Church in the Arab World (700–1700): An Anthology of Sources. Edited by Samuel Noble, a doctoral candidate in religious studies at Yale University, and Alexander Treiger, associate professor in the Department of Classics and Program in Religious Studies at Dalhousie University (Halifax, Nova Scotia), this new work […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Events of the ‘Great Schism’

The Events of the Great Schism

Ever since the reign of the emperor (Saint) Justinian I (AD 527-565) — who attempted to drive out foreign invaders from the west and reunite the whole of the empire — the east and the west were being driven apart. After the invasion (by the Avars and Slavs) of the Balkan peninsula and the conquest […]

Why You Shouldn’t Convert to Orthodoxy

Why You Shouldn't Convert to Orthodoxy

After five years or so in the Orthodox Church, I’ve seen a lot of friends and acquaintances come home to the apostolic faith. And yet, not all of these journeys have worked out. Some have even ended in apostasy. Why does this happen? Shortly after the beginning of our own catechumenate as a family, we saw friends—and their […]