The ecclesiastic and secular prohibition of abortion in the Roman East

Here we present selected parts of the very interesting essay titled “The embryo in Byzantine Canon Law“, by S. Troianos* Continue reading “The ecclesiastic and secular prohibition of abortion in the Roman East”

The Church as a Therapeutic Center: Consequences of Man’s Fall

by Metropolitan Hierotheos (Vlachos)

The neptic teaching of the Church that refers to the inner world is strongly related to the social teaching. It might be supposed that the ascetic life of the Church has no contact with reality. In fact, the opposite is true. Only by making this analysis of the Fall are we able to solve the problems emerging in our life. We saw some of the consequences before. Now we will turn to the dramatic consequences of man’s departure from God that show that Orthodox theology is a most radical and modern action. Continue reading “The Church as a Therapeutic Center: Consequences of Man’s Fall”

The Saints and the animals: “Pacify yourself and heaven and earth will be pacified for you” (Abba Isaac) – Part 1

The relationship of men towards animals perhaps should be presented under the prism of the creation of the world. We specifically read in Genesis, “and God created the beasts of the earth after their kind, and the animals after their kind and all that creep on the earth after their kind and God saw that it was good (Gen 1:25).  Continue reading “The Saints and the animals: “Pacify yourself and heaven and earth will be pacified for you” (Abba Isaac) – Part 1″

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