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Humanism and atheism as civil religions

Author: Luke Bretherton – ABC Religion and Ethics – 4 Oct 2011 (Source: http://www.abc.net.au/religion/articles/2011/10/04/3331539.htm) Rather than retaining its vocation as a prophetic witness, disabusing humans of our illusions and idolatries, atheism now seems content to become Pepsi to the Coke of religion. In the early 1990s I met the then Russian minister for education. He alleged that a representative of ... Read More »

ON THE DORMITION OF THE THEOTOKOS (Κοιμησις)

– ST JOHN OF DAMASCUS – SERMON I [147] THE memory of the just takes place with rejoicing, said Solomon, the wisest of men; for precious in God’s sight is the death of His Saints, according to the royal David. If, then, the memory of all the just is a subject of rejoicing, who will not offer praise to justice ... Read More »

Saint Ephraim the Syrian’s 100 Stanzas on the Nativity

*1. This is the day that gladdened them, the Prophets, Kings, and Priests, for in it were their words fulfilled, and thus were the whole of them indeed performed! *2. For the Virgin this day brought forth Immanuel in Bethlehem. The voice that of old Isaiah spoke, today became reality. *3. He was born there who in writing should tell ... Read More »

An Ode to The Feast of the Dormition

What is greater than to be called – and to be – the Mother of God – the source of life whom Christ took the humanity that He made divine? St Paul said: ‘if the root is holy, then the branches are also’ (Rom. 11:16). Her body is the bridal-chamber of virginity, the heaven above us, the earth that brings ... Read More »

5th Sunday of Matthew (Mat 8:28-9:1)

This Gospel reminds us more or less of our own troubled time where people who by following their own imagination and individual notions of life, create huge problems in the peaceful course of humanity. It would be no exaggeration to state that Church life in today’s world has become irrelevant. This is why as mature and serious Christians, Christ’s presence ... Read More »

SOME THOUGHTS ON FASTING

Introduction The role played by the discipline of fasting  has figured prominently within the spiritual life of Christianity, and has remained integral to the Orthodox Church. Its purpose and meaning is multifaceted, to which entire treatises have been written on the subject. For this reason, we will not labour the point by providing an exhaustive exposition on the subject, since ... Read More »

Speak Up for Marriage

Foreword After many decades of careful lobbying and raising the profile of their own interests, the gay movement and its activists have forcibly and successfully brought to the fore of public attention in many countries, questions over the definition of marriage. The discussion that they have sought to bring about, has been couched in terms of civil rights and the ... Read More »

A Brief Discussion on the Legacy of St Gregory Palamas

Prologue The following work is a summary of a recent parish fellowship discussion. The theme as the title suggests was a discussion that explored some of the key themes of the work and life of St Gregory Palamas. This is not an exhaustive study but an outline of what was examined, and a basic appraisal for Orthodox Christian spiritual practice. ... Read More »

LOVE FOR ONE ANOTHER (Lk 6:31-36; 2Cor 6:1-10)

“The Lord said: as you would want others to do to you, you also do unto others” Sometimes, dear brothers and sisters, we believe that the standard Christ gives us in today’s Gospel passage is not very different to what was stated in the Old Testament, which was very much in accordance with human logic. The Old Testament stated: “whatever ... Read More »