Constantinople of emperors and Rome of popes in 6th-8th centuries

Here we present selected parts of the very interesting paper “Constantinople of emperors and Rome of popes in 6th-8th centuries: dialogue and separation“, Procedia – Social and Behavioral Sciences 236 ( 2016 ) 327 – 332, by Maria Grafova. Continue reading “Constantinople of emperors and Rome of popes in 6th-8th centuries”

Capitalism and the Spirit of the Church Fathers

by Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos and Saint Vlassios
Deification of money, hedonism and easy living are the things that prevail in the age we are living in. The utilization and exploitation of money came to be developed within Protestant circles, within a morality that presumed money to be God’s blessing and the rich as those blessed by God. This topic has been expounded in detail by Max Weber in his widely-known classic, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. In it, he maintains that Capitalism, the rationalized utilization of money and life, are the result of all the principles that were developed by the various Protestant groups in Europe.

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Orthodoxy: The hope of the people of Europe

(Our awareness of ourselves as Orthodox Christians does not permit us to overlook the fact that Orthodoxy and Western Christianity cannot share a single ‘Christian identity’. On the contrary, it compels us to stress the fact that Orthodoxy is Europe’s long-forgotten original Christian faith, which at some point should once again serve as the basis of its Christian identity)

By Archimandrite George († 2014, June 8), Abbot of the Holy Monastery of St. Gregorios, Mount Athos  Continue reading “Orthodoxy: The hope of the people of Europe”

Faith And Science In Orthodox Gnosiology and Methodology (Part 2)

D. God-Man dialectic

Thus the Orthodox believer experiences in the correlation of the two knowledge-wisdoms a God-man dialectic. And to use the Christological terminology, every knowledge must stay put and move within its limits. The problem of the limits of each kind of knowledge is put thus: The surpassing of those limits leads to the confusion of their functions and finally to their conflict. According to the above, the Holy Fathers defended the correct use of science and education. Saint Gregory the Theologian states:

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Nature is not God

A study by Th. I. Riginiotis
Translation A. N.

In our day and age there is a noticeable increase in people who have been unearthing from oblivion and reliving the worship of ‘gods’ belonging to ancient pagan religions. This appears to be a worldwide phenomenon, which is intensifying as contemporary peoples seek their cultural roots, and while western peoples are seeing that they can now shake off the oppressive and imperialist versions of Christianity which took shape in the West during the past thousand years: Catholicism and Protestantism.  Continue reading “Nature is not God”

Basic Points of Difference between the Orthodox Church and Papism (Catholic Church)

By the Metropolitan of Nafpaktos, HIEROTHEOS Vlachos 
Translated from Greek by Fr. Patrick B. O’Grady

The bishops of Old Rome, beside small and non-essential differences, always held communion with the bishops of New Rome (Constantinople) and the bishops of the East until the years 1009-1014, when, for the first time, the Frankish bishops seized the throne of Old Rome. Until the year 1009 the Popes of Rome and the Patriarchs of Constantinople were unified in a common struggle against the Frankish princes and bishops, already even at that time heretics.  Continue reading “Basic Points of Difference between the Orthodox Church and Papism (Catholic Church)”

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