Translation – Adversus Apologiam Juliani – Chapter 24

Translation – Adversus Apologiam Juliani – Chapter 24

Translation from the work of St Severus by Father Peter Farrington You are not charged with saying that the Word is not consubstantial with us, but because you refuse to accept that the Only-Begotten Word of God, who was incarnate and made perfect man, suffered as we did, because he had hypostatically united to himself […]

Translation – Adversus Apologiam Juliani – Chapter 27

Translation – Adversus Apologiam Juliani – Chapter 27

Translation from the work of St Severus by Father Peter Farrington You are still bearing this anathema against yourself! Indeed, in this libel introduced into the debate, you have said in your own words that the divine Scripture does not admit a distinction between corruption and corruption, and you impudently demonstrate by this that you […]

The Visions of the Martyr Perpetua

The Visions of the Martyr Perpetua

One of the most interesting and moving documents from the early Church is the small diary kept by Perpetua, a catechumen of the Church of Carthage, in the days before her martyrdom with other Christians in about 203 A.D. When we read her own words we find ourselves brought into the life of the earliest […]

What did Christ do on the Cross – Part III

What did Christ do on the Cross – Part III

In this post I wish to consider one of the works of the early Father of the Church, St Irenaeus. This Irenaeus, one of the most important of the second century teachers of the Church was born in Smyrna in about 130 A.D., and had been taught by the equally famous bishop of Smyrna, St […]

What did Christ do on the Cross – Part II

What did Christ do on the Cross – Part II

In this further reflection in detail on the writings of the Fathers about the work of Christ on the Cross, I intend to consider some of the Letters of St Severus. He was a prolific correspondent both before his consecration as Patriarch of Antioch, during his years in Antioch, and then during his forced exile […]

What did Christ do on the Cross – Part I

What did Christ do on the Cross – Part I

When we consider what Christ achieved on the Cross, what his death and suffering means, we discover that there are a variety of analogies and mutually illuminating explanations which the Scriptures and the Fathers of the Church use to express this mystery of God experiencing death. Much of the controversy which sometimes surrounds this subject […]

What about truth?

What about truth?

I don’t want to write a long article about the modern day rejection of the idea of absolute and transcendent truth. I spoke about this in a lecture I gave at the SCOOCH youth conference in New York this year. The video of my lecture is here…. Video Lecture It is an important subject, because […]

The Purpose of Life

The Purpose of Life

Surely no one wants to live a life without purpose. It would be the same as living a life without value or meaning. Waking up and knowing that nothing we might say or do was of any consequence is a soul crushing experience. yet for the Orthodox Christian, more than any one else, there should […]

Guide me in a right path

Guide me in a right path

Most of us desire to be guided by God. We do not want to wander aimlessly through life, or make wrong choices. But it is very easy to find ourselves confused about what God wants from us, and desires for us. This is especially so when we are considering actions and choices which have significant […]

Who is the Church for?

Who is the Church for?

Who is the Church for? The answer to this question depends to a great deal on another. What is the Church for? When I was a member of an Evangelical congregation, and involved with various Protestant ministry drawing together people from a wide variety of Protestant groups, we had a sense that the Church was […]