Category Archives: Eastern Christianity

The worst argument for women’s ordination I’ve ever seen

I’ve seen some very bad radical egalitarian arguments for women’s ordination but this one from Ben Witherington III, who apparently did his own doctoral thesis on the New Testament on the topic of women in ministry in the church, probably, … Continue reading

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Catholics/Orthodox Christians are too Old Testament?

I’ve heard Protestant friends of mine talk about how Catholic and Orthodox Christians are too “Old Testament”. At first, I thought that was referring to their emphasis on works in regard to salvation and having engaged more with Catholic theology, … Continue reading

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Are Anabaptists orthodox?

I use the term Anabaptist here to refer to someone who deliberately denies baptism to infants. Although technically, the term means “no baptist” and a better term would be credobaptist. I reject the term credobaptist to refer to such people … Continue reading

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Women’s Ordination: Starting Points

I came across this video by N.T. Wright a while back. It’s interesting because I think it points out the major problems in making a radical egalitarian argument on this base. The radical egalitarian normally begins his argument for the … Continue reading

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Nonna Verna Harrison on the Ordination of Women in the Orthodox Church

“Orthodox Arguments Against the Ordination of Women as Priests”, Women and the Priesthood, ed. Fr. Thomas Hopko, 165-187 Nonna Verna Harrison takes a look at three different arguments espoused by Orthodox theologians against women’s ordination, “[t]hey are (1) the argument … Continue reading

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Met. Kallistos Ware on the Ordination of Women in the Orthodox Church

“Man, Woman and the Priesthood of Christ”, Women and the Priesthood, 5-53. It is a common theme of Met. Kallistos Ware to caution hastiness in the Church on a variety of different issues. He cites Isaiah 28:16 which reads “He … Continue reading

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Did the New Testament Church Have an Ecclesiastical Structure?

It is generally argued by Protestants (primarily the Anabaptist Protestants) that the church structure of the episcopacy is entirely a new invention known to the church that did not originate in the Bible. But the reality is that the episcopacy … Continue reading

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Catholic Predestination vs. Calvinist Predestination (and the Orthodox Adoption of Catholic Predestination)

Objection 1. It seems that God reprobates no man. For nobody reprobates what he loves. But God loves every man, according to (Wisdom 11:25): “Thou lovest all things that are, and Thou hatest none of the things Thou hast made.” … Continue reading

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What Binds all Christians Together?

There are two doctrines that Jesus talks about which I see as uniting points for Christians. Baptism (John 3:3-5) Eucharist (John 6:51-58) Jesus assured Nicodemus that unless a man is born of water and Spirit, he cannot enter into the … Continue reading

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Marks of a Valid Baptism…

Intent I have concluded recently that the Traditionalist Catholics are correct in their interpretation of the sacrament of baptism and what marks a baptism as being valid. Of course, the implications would exclude the vast majority of Protestant baptisms as … Continue reading

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Biblical Meditations–Queen of Heaven

Those poor Protestants tend to use this verse to dismantle Catholic and Orthodox Mariology. Jeremiah 7:18—“The children gather wood, the fathers kindle fire, and the women knead dough, to make cakes for the queen of heaven; and they pour out … Continue reading

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Dormition of St Anna

I forgot to tell Mother that Eastern Christians celebrated the dormition of St Anna on Friday, July 25. She is patron saint to childless people and mothers so she is a good patron for Mother. She is the mother of … Continue reading

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The women debate—my attempt to explain from a sacramental perspective

Sacramentalists (or Christians who favour a more sacramental system of God distributing aid to his people) usually don’t agree that a woman can be a cultic or ritualistic priest. Sacramentalists are High Anglicans, Catholics, and Eastern Orthodox generally. They may … Continue reading

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I saw a baby baptism yesterday…

I’ve never seen a baby baptism before. Even though Jesus had revealed himself to babies (Matt. 11:25-26), a baby being enlightened to know Jesus was simply unthinkable among the Evangelical Protestantism I grew up with. They did baptise infants at … Continue reading

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An Orthodox Christian is in My Religion and Moral Issues Class!

My Religion and Moral Issues class that I’m taking this summer that is going to prevent me from blogging for quite a bit has an Orthodox Christian in it–I’m fairly certain a Syriac Orthodox Christian so jrj1701 might have something … Continue reading

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All Saints’ Day

This past Sunday was All Saints’ Day for Greek/Byzantine Catholics my archpriest was telling me yesterday as I called him on the phone. One thing that you notice about all the saints is that they all had doubts and that … Continue reading

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Happy Byzantine Christmas!

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Was Mary a Perpetual Virgin?

The teaching of the perpetual virginity of Mary within the Eastern Orthodox and Catholic Churches generally causes problems for Protestants. As such, it is typical to see Mary’s perpetual virginity from non-Catholics as, less strongly, a doubt, but more strongly … Continue reading

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Why Debating With Feminists is a Ridiculous Waste of Your Time

On the occasion, it is typical to hear feminists launching attacks at the Catholic Church for not ordaining women (which essentially means our Eastern Orthodox brethren are being attacked as well) and often times this boils down into a conversation … Continue reading

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Happy Christmas From the Maronites

And let’s not forget that he came with only one primary mission…to die.

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