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History of Christianity
Four Women on the Threshold of the Gospel
It was a must in ancient Israel, as in other nationalities, to keep genealogical records by the male line. The women, strictly speaking, didnt need to be recorded at all. But in our case, among the host of male names we find four females: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, and the wife of Uriah (Bathsheba). Why are they referred to at all while the most powerful queens or the renowned belles are not mentioned? Definitely, there is something important in their lives that brings us to the very core of the Gospel.


Jan 21, 2011, 10:00

History of Christianity
The History and Development of the Orthodox-Oriental Dialogue
In this final article of the series, I will highlight the current situation in the Coptic Church, as the largest and most influential oriental church, plus the theological difference as a result of the Christological disagreement.

Nov 2, 2010, 10:00

History of Christianity
The History and Development of the Orthodox-Oriental Dialogue
In the previous part, I discussed the historical origins of the Monophysite movement and how the Council of Chalcedon stopped its march towards a complete take over Christendom. In this article I will demonstrate how Monophysitism was a real ideological movement and how it continues until today in the teachings of the anti-Chalcedonian churches.


Sep 29, 2010, 10:00

History of Christianity
The History and Development of the Orthodox-Oriental Dialogue
I aim to give a quick survey of the teachings of the major Monophysite figures, whose names the Joint-Commission of the dialogue between the two churches recommended to be added to the orthodox diptychs. Finally, I will show the consistency of the current teaching of the Monophysite churches with early Monophysitism, which totally justifies the opinion of the Muscovite Patriarchate.

Aug 30, 2010, 10:00

History of Christianity
The History and Development of the Orthodox-Oriental Dialogue
In the previous article, I discussed the problems that subverted the Ecumenical dialogue. I tried to analyze why the approach led to a dead end and called for a fresh start with a proper approach. In brief, I referred to the fallacy of the attempts of reducing the difference between the Orthodox and Monophysite Christologies to be merely a terminological misunderstanding.

Aug 16, 2010, 05:14

History of Christianity
The History and Development of the Orthodox-Oriental Dialogue
After publishing two articles about my conversion to Orthodoxy, I received a number of interesting messages from readers curious to know more about the history and dogmatic reflection on the dialogue between the Orthodox Church and the non-Chalcedonian Oriental Churches.

Aug 3, 2010, 10:00

History of Christianity
The Hymnographic Contribution of the Antiochian Orthodox Church to the Byzantine Liturgical System During the Sixth and Seventh Centuries
During the Sixth and Seventh centuries, which combined are considered the second stage of the foundation of Church hymnography, there arose from within the Antiochian Patriarchate many famous composers and chanters. These scholars enriched the Byzantine liturgical system with sound theological texts which when set to various structures and tones and combined with many other church activities developed at that time reveal the large role played by the Church in Antioch in this field.


Jan 27, 2010, 10:00

History of Christianity
Foolishness-for-Christ
A fool-for-Christ does not in the least seek esteem or love from people; he even does not care to leave a good memory of himself among people. This main principle was the source of the strength and courage shown by fools-for-Christ, when they took their sorrowful way of exile and opposed evil and injustice, regardless of their source or the respect or social position of those who committed them.

Apr 23, 2007, 14:26

History of Christianity
Faberge Eggs: the Mystery Behind Them
The most important feast of the Russian Orthodox church calendar is Easter. It is celebrated with the exchanging of eggs and three kisses. The Faberge eggs began in 1884 with an Easter egg made for the czar that became a gift for his wife, Czarina Maria. The egg reminded the empress of her homeland, and so from then on it was agreed that Faberge would make an Easter egg each year for Maria.

Apr 14, 2007, 20:36





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