Tag: Heresy

The First Stone Has Already Been Cast
Inter-Orthodox Relations, Religion and Conflict

The First Stone Has Already Been Cast A Response to Fr. John Chryssavgis

The “Edict” of the World Russian People’s Council caused controversial reactions on the side of theologians. Some were quite unexpected, like the essay by Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis entitled “Casting the First Stone of Heresy.” Together with the corresponding image, this title represents patriarch Kirill as an unfortunate harlot, at whom the bloodthirsty crowd of…

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Transgender Experience and the Theological Limits of “Gnosticism”
Gender and Sexuality, Theology

Transgender Experience and the Theological Limits of “Gnosticism”

In a recent essay published in The Wheel, Dr. Katherine Kelaidis compares contemporary understandings of transgender experience with the specter of “Gnosticism,” an early heresy that takes its name from the Greek word gnōsis, meaning “knowledge.” While a full response to this essay goes beyond the scope of a Public Orthodoxy blog post, I wish…

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Should Orthodox Christians Leave Patriarch Kirill to Caesar?
Ecclesiology, Inter-Orthodox Relations, Religion and Conflict

Should Orthodox Christians Leave Patriarch Kirill to Caesar? A Response to Fr. John Chryssavgis

Since the recent article by my deeply respected friend and teacher Fr. John Chryssavgis caused heated arguments, I, as a Ukrainian, would like to respond by clarifying certain issues, expressing my appreciation, and presenting criticism. The most important points that Fr. John makes are the following: (1) that church and world are not two separate…

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Who Guards the Guardians?
Ecclesiology, Theology

Who Guards the Guardians? Who Speaks for the Church?

In recent days several articles have appeared on this site raising profound, difficult, and unsettling questions. Sr. Vassa bravely asked whether “heresy” is a charge that can be applied to the “Edict” of the XXV “All-World Council of the Russian People,” approved under the chairmanship of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow on March 27, 2024, concluding,…

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Casting the First Stone of Heresy
Ecclesiology, Inter-Orthodox Relations

Casting the First Stone of Heresy Let's Leave God Out of This!

In previous years, weeks, and days, I have seen—and, in one instance, supported—a variegated condemnation of the Moscow Patriarch—his preaching and practice alike—as heretical. The “Russian World” ideology has been denounced as unorthodox and heretical. The “Edict” of the World Russian People’s Council has been characterized as distorted doctrine. And the commemoration of Patriarch Kirill…

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Some of My Best Friends Are Heretics
Christian Practice, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations

Some of My Best Friends Are Heretics What Do Orthodox Really Believe?

Ελληνικά | српски Orthodox pride themselves on belonging to the “one, holy, catholic and apostolic church” founded by Jesus Christ—and with good reason. Orthodox point to the loftiness of Orthodox theology, the beauty and solemnity of its liturgy, its mystical spirituality, the holiness of its saints, and the transcendentalism of its icons, liturgical music, and…

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“Orthodox Morality” on Sex or an Ethics of Sex? Part One: Dogmas v. Canons and Beliefs v. Ethics
Bridging Voices Project, Gender and Sexuality, Theology

“Orthodox Morality” on Sex or an Ethics of Sex? Part One: Dogmas v. Canons and Beliefs v. Ethics

ελληνικά This essay is part of a series stemming from the ongoing research project “Contemporary Eastern Orthodox Identity and the Challenges of Pluralism and Sexual Diversity in a Secular Age,” which is a joint venture by scholars from Fordham University’s Orthodox Christian Studies Center and the University of Exeter, funded by the British Council, Friends…

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On Ecumenoclasm: Who Is a Heretic?
Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations

On Ecumenoclasm: Who Is a Heretic?

One of the preferred weapons of Orthodox opponents of ecumenism is to call ecumenism a heresy and to refer to non-Orthodox, and indeed often Orthodox who support ecumenism, as heretics. Examples abound, for example in documents emanating from the Russian Orthodox Church outside of Russia (ROCOR) and in the writings of St. Justin Popovich. For…

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