The Miracle of St Euphemia

The Miracle of St Euphemia

Sometimes it is necessary to go beyond theological discussion and consider the hagiographical matrix which develops to support our interpretations. What do I mean? It is that often those who think that they might disagree about some theological issue do not engage in the necessary and generous dialogue which would allow the nature of such […]

Consequences of Adam’s Sin – St Severus

Consequences of Adam’s Sin – St Severus

When we study any aspect of Theology or the Scriptures, we need to be sure that we are not simplifying or misrepresenting what we read so that it fits neatly into whatever preconception we already hold. This is especially a temptation when we consider the Fall of Adam into sin, the purpose of the incarnation, […]

The Oriental Orthodox Rejection of Chalcedon

The Oriental Orthodox Rejection of Chalcedon

The Oriental Orthodox are routinely accused of holding an heretical and Eutychianist Christology, and on that basis rejecting the Council of Chalcedon. Yet the evidence, from the time of Chalcedon, through the following centuries, and even to the present day, shows clearly that this is not the case. Chalcedon was rejected for wholly Orthodox concerns, […]

Suffer the little children!

Suffer the little children!

Sometimes we think that is what is required of us. That we need to suffer the noise and fidgeting and inconvenience of having little children in the Liturgy with us. We are trying hard to concentrate and to be in a prayerful state, while little children are moving about and making a disturbance and asking […]

Orthodox Christianity – Good News

Orthodox Christianity – Good News

I am going to produce some draft copies of a small little 24pp A6 booklet to introduce the very basics of the Gospel. I’d be interested in comments. This is the text. Good news? The beginning of the Good News about Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Mark 1:1 The Christian message is one of […]

A forgotten Coptic Saint – St Timothy the Great

A forgotten Coptic Saint – St Timothy the Great

There are few of the Fathers of the Oriental Orthodox communion who escape uncritical censure on the part of the Eastern Orthodox. Uncritical because based on a few polemical comments deriving from the period of the Christological controversies and failing entirely to take into account any of the writings and historical records deriving from the […]

Understanding Orthodoxy – Bishops

Understanding Orthodoxy – Bishops

From the earliest years of the Church the role of bishop, or episkopos, has developed as a means of preserving the ministry of the Apostles into the more settled situation of organised Christian communities. The Apostle Paul, in his letters to Timothy and Titus, describes the moral character of the man who should be considered […]

Infant Baptism?

Infant Baptism?

I was recently asked how our Orthodox Church might be able to defend the practice of infant baptism when it does not appear to be taught in the Bible. This is a good question, and I will respond in this brief post. I am not going to explore in any great depth the nature of […]

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal

It is hard to imagine that controversy can become so engrained an attitude that even the words of hymns become the subject of polemics. But this is the case. In every Liturgy in our Orthodox services we sing the hymn of the Trisagion in one form or another, and in our Coptic Orthodox Tradition it […]

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