The following thoughts from an essay by Anthony Esolen for the Wetherspoon Institute on the topic “Where is the Virtue?” is a brilliant examination of today’s Western culture and its current attitude to sex. Here is an excerpt to whet your appetite: Our culture has become soft. We suppose that sex is too trivial to require virtue, yet we also believe it is so significant that to suggest any restraint upon its consensual exercise is an affront to the most important fount of human dignity...
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Here is an interesting interview by Protestant Christian & Scientist Jonathan Sarfati Dr Jonathan D. Sarfati, B.Sc. (Hons.), Ph.D., F.M., with church history scholar Dr Benno Zuiddam about the Early Church Fathers and their beliefs about the first book of the Bible; Genesis and creation. Worth a read.
It is amazing what Orthodox Clergy get up to these days! There have been violent clashes between police and protesters in Kiev, Ukraine this week. All of this, however, was temporarily brought to an end when the Kiev-Caves Lavra Fr. Gabriel, Fr. Melchisedek, and Fr. Ephraim stood on Grushevsky Street in Kiev, getting in between the protestors and the Ukrainian special police force “Berkut.” The priests braved bullets and walked into no-man’s land between pro-European Union integration protesters and President Viktor Yanukovych’s riot police.
The Government has announced that it is to subsidise abortion drug RU486. I am very concerned about the dangers for women, especially young women who are looking for a “cheap way out” of a problem. There are serious question marks over the health impacts on women of this drug. Let’s look at why this is. Abortion Drugs: Russian Roulette In 2010, a Melbourne woman tragically died from infection after taking RU486.
When I was an Anglican priest I once asked my Anglican Bishop if I could invite someone to our parish to speak about creation from the Christian and biblical perspective. To my amazement he refused to grant permission and told me that I “should be more open-minded!” Alas, the government in the United Kingdom is following along the same path, perhaps even with the blessing of the Bishops of the Church of England?
To Members of the Anglican Church who are unhappy at the degradation of their Communion, if you are looking for a faithful Church, we present “the Orthodox Option” for your consideration.
From the very beginning Christianity claimed that Jesus was raised from the dead. Not in the sense of the internal mental and spiritual states of His followers a few days after His crucifixion, but about something that had happened in the real, public world.
When someone’s spiritual practices runs beyond the measure of grace that they have been given, a void is created in their soul. Either it will lead them to sin, or it will make them perverse, proud, hard, and unmerciful. Let’s learn some more about how to encounter God.
The knowledge of God, generally spoken of in a very experiential manner, is an absolute foundation in Orthodox theology. Nothing replaces it — no dogmatic formula, no Creed, not even Scripture — though Orthodoxy would see none of these things as separate from the knowledge of God. But the questions I have received are very apt. In a culture that is awash in “experience,” what do the Orthodox mean when we speak of such things and what do we mean by such knowledge of God?
As a convert to Orthodoxy from Anglicanism, as I read the following reflections by Monte Wilson, I realised that I had “been there and done that” for a large part of my life. Reading this article helped me realise how thankful I am that God let me to Orthodox worship. Thanks be to God for everything! - Fr. Geoff Narcissism Goes to Church: Encountering Evangelical Worship Have you attended any modern evangelical worship services lately? Question: Is “Evangelical Worship” an oxymoron? No? Well, let’s walk through one, shall we?