Orthodox Christianity

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

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

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

The Essence of Christianity

It is crucial to understand, however, that the Kingdom of Heaven is not so much a place as a state. When the scribes asked when the Kingdom of Heaven would be revealed, Christ answered: “The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: neither shall they say, Lo here!, or Lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:20). Saying so, the

Spiritual Illness and Holiness

A mother of one pupil telephoned me and angrily declared that she was going to withdraw her girl from our school because we were distorting the Christian faith. To support her contention, she cited the fact that we were requiring children to learn a prayer which reads, “and cleanse us of every impurity” (the prayer “Heavenly King”): “We are Christians,” the woman said, “and therefore

Spiritual Struggle

Monasticism had a strong influence on the Orthodox Church. The monastic life is not for everyone, but rather for those who, like St. Anthony the Great, desire to live only for God, abandoning the spiritual emptiness of everyday business and the evil that dominates secular life. Monastics are inwardly called to serve God alone. In essence, the purpose of the monastery is to create the

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

Conscience | God's Voice in Mankind

Every person is familiar with his inner voice which on occasion accuses and oppresses him, and on occasion brings him joy. This small subtle voice, an inborn feeling, is called conscience. Conscience by its nature is a spiritual instinct, which more clearly and quickly differentiates between good and evil than does the mind. He who listens to the voice of his conscience will never regret

Prayer - the Breath of the Soul

The conversation with God is called prayer. The soul, while uniting with God in prayer, simultaneously is united with the whole spiritual world — with the angels and saints. During prayer a Christian pours out his soul before God: he glorifies Him for His great perfection, thanks Him for His mercy and goodness, and makes requests for his needs. Hence there are 3 main forms