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  1. Modern Biblical Studies Meets Eastern Orthodoxy: A Personal Defense of Historical Scholarship
    If we dismiss this scholarly work as unnecessary—perhaps on the erroneous assumption that the Bible can just “speak for itself” or that we can approach “the plain meaning of Scripture”—then by default we will unconsciously read Scripture in light of our own tradition.

    An Ancient

  2. The Inverse Pyramid: A Comparison of Secular and Ecclesial Hierarchy
    As Christ offered himself up for the salvation of the world, the clergyman must likewise sacrifice himself daily for those entrusted to his care—both his parishioners and those potential servants of God in the greater community.

    An Ancient Faith Blog

  3. To Speak of Thy Mystery: Communing Amid COVID-19
    The past couple months have seen a frenzy of articles in Orthodox circles online that all seem to be asking this one question: Can you get a virus by receiving the Eucharist?

    An Ancient Faith Blog

  4. Are the Orthodox About to Change Communion?
    Rather than examining the arguments — pro or con — related to such a suggestion, I would like to ask a more practical question: is an official change likely to happen, either worldwide or even within one autocephalous church?

    An Ancient Faith Blog

  5. No Repentance After Death: Facing Hard Questions about Salvation
    When one turns to the Church Fathers with these questions in mind, one thing that becomes apparent is that the Fathers did not find them pressing in the same way as we do today. Just as they took for granted that some will be eternally damned, so they assumed that there can be no repentance after death, at least of the...

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