Monthly Archives: March 2012

Orthodoxy is Not Merely Intellectual

When talking about intellectual knowledge, people usually imply comprehension and a certain sense of ownership—a man spends a great deal of time with an object of study, until he understands it so well that he can articulate details about every … Continue reading

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What is Apophatic Theology?

What is apophatic theology, and how does it differ from Western philosophy?  In order to participate in apophatic theology, why are holiness and purity of heart needed?  And why is total ignorance a necessary aspect of experiencing God? The necessity … Continue reading

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How Children’s Drawings Make Sense of Suffering

First published on the Yahoo! Contributor Network: We are all like children learning to draw, perplexed by the shadows. We start off with simple shapes and colors, thinking that we actually draw the world as we see it. But … Continue reading

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Orthodox Predestination – St. Symeon

Over the past 2000 years, the Orthodox Church has granted the title of “Theologian” to only three Saints:  St. John the Apostle, St. Gregory of Nazianzen, and St. Symeon. St. Symeon the New Theologian was born in Galatia in the … Continue reading

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Masoretic Text vs. Original Hebrew

I used to believe the Masoretic Text was a perfect copy of the original Old Testament.  I used to believe that the Masoretic Text was how God divinely preserved the Hebrew Scriptures throughout the ages. I was wrong. The oldest … Continue reading

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The Hebrew Bible Moses Couldn’t Read

If Moses had a copy of today’s Hebrew Bible, he wouldn’t be able to read it. Just imagine . . . You discover a time-machine, you travel back to the year 1425 B.C., and you meet Moses face-to-face. You excitedly … Continue reading

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Septuagint vs. Masoretic Text

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