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THE STRENGTH OF ORAL TRADITION

By Gabe Martini In a world characterized by the rationalism of the Enlightenment and the instant knowledge of Google, it’s hard to believe things have not always been so. In the ancient world, ideas, customs, stories, and even history were committed primarily not to books, but rather memorized through both poetry and song. They were preserved through oral tradition. And of ... Read More »

FACING UP TO MARY

By Peter E. Gillquist Source: http://thechristianactivist.com (Published by Conciliar Press 1987) Is it safe to say that no woman in history is more misunderstood by modern Christendom than the Virgin Mary? And it is also probable that in a discussion concerning Mary between two Christians, if their differences remain unresolved, most likely it will be due to differing interpretations of ... Read More »

Call No Man Father

By Fr J. Richard Ballew Source: http://thechristianactivist.com/ (Originally Published by Conciliar Press, 1994) Scriptural Account – Matthew 23:1-12 Then Jesus spoke to the multitudes and to His disciples, saying: “The scribes and Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and ... Read More »

The Meaning of “Holy Tradition”

Author: Dr. Guy Freeland (Lecturer in Liturgical Studies and Hermeneutics at St Andrew’s Theological College Sydney).  Source: The Greek Orthodox Youth of Australia in Dialogue 2 (1986): 98-105. The word “tradition” (paradosis) has acquired a bewildering diversity of meanings within common usage. In the present paper, however, I am concerned with only one meaning of the word, that is the ... Read More »