Holiness or sainthood is a gift (charisma) given by God to man, through the Holy Spirit. Man's effort to become a participant in the life of divine holiness is indispensable, but sanctification itself is the work of the Holy Trinity, especially through the sanctifying power of Jesus Christ, who was incarnate, suffered crucifixion, and rose from the dead, in order to lead us to the life of holiness, through the communion with the Holy Spirit.
Orthodoxy, a way of life, is known for its experiential approach to faith and doctrine. Rooted in the Bible, its faith and doctrine is enriched by the living commentaries of the lives of the saints of the past and the present. It is enriched by the theological speculations of the Fathers and Teachers of the Church, and by the decrees of the various councils which dealt with doctrinal aberrations (heresies). As an introduction to the Doctrine of the Orthodox Church, we will deal with the Tradition of the Church and the Holy Bible, part of this tradition, as the source of our Christian faith and doctrine.
Volumes have been written on the inexhaustible treasures of our Greek Orthodox heritage. It is not the purpose of this guidebook to instruct its readers in Orthodox theology of Church history. However, it is important to understand that everything we do is based upon the premise that the Orthodox Faith is founded upon the teachings of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, now and always.
Orthodoxy holds that the eternal truths of God's saving revelation in Jesus Christ are preserved in the living Tradition of the Church under the guidance and inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Holy Scripture is at the heart of the Tradition and the touchstone of the faith. While Holy Scripture is the written testimony of God's revelation, Holy Tradition is the all-encompassing experience of the Church under the abiding guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit.
Ecology in light of Christ's Resurrection.
John Yiannias discusses the history of the evolution of the architecture of Orthodox churches, and the art in them to show how they are integral aspects of the whole liturgical 'event'. He reviews Orthodox Architecture, Paintings and Mosaics, the present revival of Byzantine Art, as well as Orthodox Art in America.
A look at the relationship between the Orthodox Church and the Environmental movement. The Church's perspective on the movement to aid the environment.
The relationship between the Orthodox Church and Ecology.
A look at the diversity of the Christian Church in the first century.
A history of the Greek Orthodox Church in America.