Tag: Early Church

Priestly Ministry in the Person of the Theotokos and the Church
Liturgical Life, Women in the Church

Priestly Ministry in the Person of the Theotokos and the Church

ελληνικά Facebook celebrity Hyperdox Herman has offered ten satirical reasons for banning men from the priesthood, including: “The physical features of the structure of the male body indicate that the man was created for hard work, and not for serving in the temple, which does not require great physical strength.” “Men are too prone to…

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The Origins of Anti-Jewish Rhetoric in the Hymns of Good Friday
Church History, Liturgical Life

The Origins of Anti-Jewish Rhetoric in the Hymns of Good Friday

български | ქართული | ελληνικά | Română | Русский | Српски The oldest-surviving Christian hymns designed exclusively for Holy Week are a set known as the Idiomele.  In the modern Orthodox Church, they are sung during the Royal Hours service of Good Friday morning (the final hymn is sung during two additional services). Apart from their…

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The Resurrection Miracle Revealed to the Myrrhbearers
Theology, Women in the Church

The Resurrection Miracle Revealed to the Myrrhbearers

български | ქართული | ελληνικά | Русский | Српски The first rising of the sun in the East shoots rose light across the dim landscape; it is a time the early monks knew well, for a prayer service was starting, when the bell-ringer could just begin to see the lines in his hand. The Evangelist…

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COVID-19, the Murder of George Floyd, and Continuing the Lockdown
Liturgical Life, Public Life

COVID-19, the Murder of George Floyd, and Continuing the Lockdown

ελληνικά These have been unsettling times. I have been forced by the events of the last several months to face up to several disconcerting truths. When the COVID-19 lockdown orders were issued, they had a common element.  Churches were not deemed “essential.” Liquor stores, pot distributors, and lottery sales were deemed essential. Commercial air travel and protests…

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Marcionism, Allegorical Exegesis, and the Question of Universal Salvation
Theology

Marcionism, Allegorical Exegesis, and the Question of Universal Salvation

The publication of David Bentley Hart’s That All Shall Be Saved has provoked no small amount of controversy since its release. Though Hart’s argument for universal salvation encompasses diverse arenas of thought—theological anthropology, the moral meaning of creatio ex nihilo, the phenomenology of human volition—it is his treatment of the Scriptures that has provoked some…

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Holy Arousal
Liturgical Life

Holy Arousal

St Augustine once observed: “It is longing that makes the heart deep” (Tractates on the Gospel of John 40.10). As a scholar of the early Church, I am often struck by how much early Christians longed. They ached and urged and craved intensely, wanted and thirsted immensely, desired and hungered and yearned for all that…

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The Vale of Abraham
Theology

The Vale of Abraham

I may be entirely mistaken here, I confess it; that is why, in my footnotes for the tale of the rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16, in my recent translation of the New Testament (Yale University Press), I freely state that mine is a speculative rendering.  But, if I am wrong, mine is an…

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Women’s Gifts and the Diaconate
Women in the Church

Women’s Gifts and the Diaconate

The reinstitution of the ordained female diaconate in the Orthodox Church today would result in a much-needed and transformative outpouring of women’s gifts into the Church and into the world. In order to appreciate the positive potential of the female diaconate, we must understand the absolute parity of women and men in the eyes of…

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Are Christians Supposed to Be Communists?
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Are Christians Supposed to Be Communists?

It was in 1983 that I heard the distinguished Greek Orthodox historian Aristeides Papadakis casually remark in a lecture at the University of Maryland that the earliest Christians were “communists.” In those days, the Cold War was still casting its great glacial shadow across the cultural landscape, and so enough of a murmur of consternation…

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Two Views on the Female Diaconate
Women in the Church

Two Views on the Female Diaconate

Editors’ Note: In collaboration with the St. Phoebe Center for the Deaconess, we begin a short series of posts on the diaconate in the Orthodox Church derived from a Conference in Irvine, CA in October 2017. The following is a double post offering two very different views of the historicity and validity of the female diaconate. The Danger…

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On Ecumenoclasm: Who Can Be Saved?

Orthodox ecumenists and anti-ecumenists both start from the same fundamental ecclesiological principle, succinctly expressed in an anti-ecumenical statement of the Sacred Community of Mount Athos in April 1980: “We believe that our holy Orthodox Church is the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church of Christ, which possesses the fullness of grace and truth.” But pro-ecumenical…

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