‘For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn’: St. Gregory of Nyssa and the Allegorical Sense of Scripture — Eclectic Orthodoxy

by George Repper The question of God’s providence and evil is one that tends to crop up every now and again. For me at least, the question over whether God’s providence is the direct cause of evil or not is one that must be answered with the ‘not’. God’s providence is not a cause in […]

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Gospel, Grammar, and the Infallibility of Dogma — Eclectic Orthodoxy

Dogmas are the constitutive doctrines that define the Christian faith. Such dogmas must be believed by Christians, because they articulate essential dimensions of God’s self-revelation in Christ and thus norm the Church’s proclamation of the gospel. I have found Lutheran ecumenist George Lindbeck of great assistance in understanding the nature of dogma. In his groundbreaking […]

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Are Prayers to Guardian Angels Apostolic? — Orthodox Christian Theology

While much of what separates Protestants from Orthodox (or any branch of Apostolic Christianity) is couched in soteriological differences, if we are honest the main points of differences pertain to orthopraxy. The Orthodox stand, they repeat prayers, they have icons, they sort of believe in Purgatory, they pray to saints/angels as well as God, and […]

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Forget Your Goals. Try This Instead… — Pointless Overthinking

It’s 2019 and for the most part, people have already made their head up about the new-years resolutions and goals they are going to get after this year. And that’s exactly why I feel like I need to put up my finger and say something… Something I feel like needs to be known by people […]

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Government and Virtue Epistemology — All Along the Watchtower

Intelligence is a necessary, but insufficient, condition of good government. A ruler may be intellectually-gifted, but if he lacks the necessary virtue his role demands, he will fail to implement policies that are beneficial to his people, and he will lose the confidence of many. Virtue epistemology, standing at the junction between ethics and the […]

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Preachers and Evangelists: Then and Now — Thinking Out Loud

Increasingly, Twitter is becoming a long-form medium. It’s not just the 140 vs. 280 character thing, but with the use of threads, writers can present rather extensive essays. Every once in awhile I find threads which I think are worthy of being preserved somewhere more permanent. The writer may have envisioned something temporary — a […]

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