Energies in the Bible and Select Fathers by Rev Dr John (Patrick) Ramsey

The Orthodox churches are known for the general acceptance of the arguments of St Gregory Palamas in a series of 14th Century councils such that we can speak of the ἐνέργεια (energies, working, operations or activities) of God as distinct from the essence of God, what God is. They are, though, proper to the essence […]

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Old Calendar Schism by Fr. Patrick Ramsey

During the early 20th Century a schism arose in Greece and other places with the introduction of the Revised Julian Calendar but the Patriarchate of Constantinople and its acceptance by the churches in Greece. A number of faithful and clergy separated from the established Church hierarchy claiming that the hierarchs had fallen away from the […]

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Examples of Doctrinal Development in Eastern Orthodoxy

In an effort to develop common ground between Catholicism and Orthodoxy, I have decided to briefly discuss the concept of doctrinal development and its existence in Eastern Orthodoxy. Some in Orthodoxy object to the concept of doctrinal development, as evident by the work of Fr. Daniel Lattier, an Orthodox priest and theologian, who lists the […]

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The Charismatic Movement: Is It Historically Christian?

Introduction As we explore the charismatic movement and consider if it is historically Christian, it should be noted I have a background in the movement. For approximately six years, I was a member of a non-denominational charismatic church. I have also been to many kinds of charismatic churches, from African American to Caucasian to a […]

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Understanding the Magisterium By Michael Lofton, M.A.

  Introduction In an age when documents of the magisterium (the church’s teaching authority) have been widely disseminated, one can read about church teachings and easily become confused about their meaning or value. Much like a young boy who makes his way to the cockpit of an airplane and obliviously strikes random buttons, untrained readers […]

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Gleanings from Maximus’ Disputation with Pyrrhus

Note: All quotes from the disputation come from Joseph Farrell’s translation of the event in his work entitled The Disputation With Pyrrhus of our Father Among the Saints Maximus the Confessor. St. Maximus the Confessor is known for many things, especially his ardent defense of dyothelitism in the face of physical torture. Yet, many are […]

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