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St Gregory Palamas: Confessor and Defender of Orthodoxy Against Islam

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By Ralph Zosimas Sidway I. Introduction   St. Gregory Palamas is one of those profound and pivotal saints with whom one becomes better acquainted over time, and who often surprises with his insights, message and significance. While rightly revered and commemorated in Greece and elsewhere in the Orthodox world and by Orthodox monastics generally, in America, the relatively recent publications ... Read More »

“IF ONLY WE WOULD TAKE SERIOUSLY OUR SPIRITUAL LIVES, WE WOULD ALL BE SAINTS:”

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A CONVERSATION WITH ARCHIMANDRITE IRENEI STEENBERG Interviewed by Jesse Dominick PART 1 While visiting Moscow during the month of June, Archimandrite Irenei (Steenberg), rector of the Sts. Cyril & Athanasius Institute for Orthodox Studies in San Francisco and an Archimandrite of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, visited Sretensky Monastery for an interview with Pravoslavie.ru. Father Irenei, a scholar of ... Read More »

The Taxing of Souls by Metropolitan Hierotheos (Vlachos)

The taxing of the soul

 Also related to the foregoing is the teaching of both Holy Scripture and the holy Fathers about the taxing of souls. At this point we shall examine the subject thoroughly, as it has a bearing on the terrible mystery of death. We find this topic in the whole biblico-patristic tradition and it corresponds to a reality which we need to ... Read More »

A Question about Salvation posed to Mode of Life

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Q. Greetings to the weblog administrators of Mode of Life Project. I was wondering, when reading the Bible, there are references that cite that all idolators and atheists go to hell. Does that mean all Hindus and Buddhists go to hell? Agapite, You ask a loaded question according to a personal reading of the Scriptures and without providing me a reference ... Read More »

Feastday of the Ecclesial New Year (1 September)

Introductory Remarks Within our present-day globalised societies whereby nations and peoples are all closely interlinked it has become common practice to accept the 1st of January as the beginning of a New Year, often ignoring local, cultural, religious or national customs.  However, the origins of this practice, is drawn specifically from the tradition of those who worshipped the sun at ... Read More »