BY FR. ANDREW STEPHEN DAMICK – ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY vs. NON-ORTHODOX DOCTRINE –> Start Audio
Start date: October 2009 –655 minutes, 3 seconds in 17 episodes
Discover how Orthodox Christianity and non-Orthodox doctrine differ and why it matters to your spiritual journey. The notes for this series are available at Fr. Andrew’s parish web site at St. Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church in Emmaus, PA. Read the rest of this entry »
Whether he knows it or not,, Fr. Stephen Freeman is really helping me work through some very basic concepts of the Orthodox faith of which I frequently find myself needing more words and better organization of thought to explain to others. I guess that means, (I’m humbled to say), that I have been needing a better understanding, and a better grasp, of Orthodoxy myself. I’m humbled, but not surprised. I welcome clarification on all things, and for me, the simpler the better.
This latest post from Fr. Stephen is a clarification of some of his previous posts contrasting philosophies of morality with the true philosophy of the Gospel, (my summary), the most recent one to my recollection being his post, “Why Morality is Not Christian”. I really enjoyed that article and gained a better understanding of our Orthodox faith, and this one, “Salvation, Ontology, Existential, and Other Large Words”, clarifies it even deeper. Read the rest of this entry »
“The study of the Gospel, then, implies certain presuppositions. One not only needs to be a member of the Church, but one must also trace the way forged by the holy Evangelists who “evangelised peace and good”. So one must live the holy life of the Church, struggle for cleansing from passions and for the acquisition of Christ-like virtues, be nourished by the sacred Mysteries of the Christian altar, be enlightened and sanctified by the Grace of God offered in all the Holy Sacraments and the liturgical life of the Church in general. One must at least be in the stage of purification according to Christ, in Christ and through Christ.“
The Gospel is not a good, beneficial, edifying book. It is not, as it has been called, “the king of books”. It is the book of life. It is the Word of God. It is the voice of the Trinitarian God treasured in the Church and conveyed by the Church and through the Church to the world, for the salvation of humanity and the world. This is its primary distinction from every other book that has been or will be published on earth and on every planet (if there is ever life discovered beyond earth!)…. Read the rest of this entry »
A note about Orthodox vs. Calvinistic Christology and a bookmark anticipating Castleman’s future analysis of this topic.
I am currently working my way through the book Saint Cyril of Alexandria and the Christological Controversy. Once I am done I hope to provide a good analysis of McGuckin's layout of Nestorius's Christology vs St Cyril's Christology. The former, obviously being the heretical form known as Nestorianism, and the latter becoming the Christology that is recognized as properly Christian, and good pertaining to Christ. The importance of this work by McG … Read More
Dr. Bruce McCormack, the Frederick and Margaret L. Weyerhaeuser Professor of Systematic Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary, had written an essay focused on the Christology of a relatively recent Historical Theological Field Committee report, (HTFC report), issued by Westminster Seminary.
The essay and it’s blog host, previously available here, has since been set to “private”, so it is only by God’s grace that this essay had already been in circulation before tracks could be covered up completely…. Read the rest of this entry »