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Works or Faith?

The Roman Catholic Church asserts that salvation is based on man’s merits: Not only can a man make up for his sins by his acts and works, he can even acquire a surplus of merit, which can be used by others. Rejecting this doctrine, Protestants teach that all are saved by the merits of the Saviour alone: The gifts of forgiveness of sins and eternal

Grace of the Holy Spirit

The Grace of God is that mysterious, spiritual strength or energy, emanating from God, which brings to life, strengthens, and enlightens all rationally moral beings. Truly, the Grace of God enlightens the thoughts of people so that they see the truth and begin to love it: It heals spiritual illnesses by cleansing the conscience and releasing people from the tyranny of the passions. It changes

The Gospel of Resurrection | Fr. G. Florovsky

Death is a catastrophe for man; this is the basic principle of the whole of Christian anthropology. Man is an amphibious being, both spiritual and corporeal, and so he was created by God. Body belongs organically to the unity of human existence. The preaching of the Resurrection as well as the preaching of the Cross was foolishness to Gentiles: St. Paul had already been called

Christian Faith and Knowledge

The First Word of Christian Symbol of Faith is “I believe.” All of Christian confession is based upon faith. God is the first object of Christian belief. Thus, Christian acknowledgment of the existence of God is founded not upon rational grounds, not on proofs taken from reason or received from the experience of our outward senses, but upon an inward, higher conviction which has a

Sources of Christian Doctrine

Sources of Christian Doctrine: 1. Purity of Teaching 2. Dogmas. 3. The Sources of Dogmas. 4. Sacred Scripture. 5. Sacred Tradition. 6. The Catholic Consciousness of the Church. 7. Dogmas and Canons. 8. The Works Of The Holy Fathers. 9. The Divine Services // From the first days of her existence, the Church of Christ has ceaselessly been concerned that her children should stand firm

St. Paul, Apostle | Biography

Of all the Christians that have ever lived, there is, perhaps, not one whose; life is invested with a greater interest than that; of St. Paul the Apostle. St. Paul taught in words the unity of faith and discipline, the necessity of order, the obedience due to lawful authority, but he taught it also in his own life. The Apostle had been highly educated; he

St. Athanasius and Times, 4th Century

This is the story about Saint Athanasius of Alexandria (c. 296–298 – 2 May 373), also called Athanasius the Great or Athanasius the Confessor, was the 20th bishop of Alexandria, Egypt, then a part of Roman Empire (as Athanasius I). His episcopate lasted 45 years (c. 8 June 328 – 2 May 373), of which over 17 were spent in five exiles ordered by four

Life of St. Francis of Assisi | St. Bonaventure

This is the holy life-story of Saint Francis of Assisi (Italian: San Francesco d'Assisi), born Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone, informally named as Francesco (1181/1182 – 3 October 1226), one of the most venerated Saints in history of the Catholic Christian Church. Saint Francis of Assisi was an Italian Roman Catholic friar and preacher. He founded the men's Order of Friars Minor, otherwise known as

Second Apology | Justin Martyr (100–165)

The Second Apology is supposed to have been written as a supplement to the First Apology of Justin Martyr, on account of certain proceedings which had in the meantime taken place in Rome before Lollius Urbicus as prefect of the city, which must have been between 150 and 157. The Apology is addressed to the Roman Senate. The Second Apology was meant to expose the

The First Apology | Justin Martyr (100–165)

Justin Martyr, also known as Saint Justin (100–165), was an early Christian apologist, and is regarded as the foremost interpreter of the theory of the Logos in the 2nd century. He was martyred and is considered a saint by the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church. The First Apology, his most well-known text, passionately defends the morality of the Christian life, and provides