The most evocative component of the episodes of Christ’s suffering is perhaps the ambivalence of the incident of betrayal. At once we witness the valleys and the peaks of the human condition and we are drawn into a polemic that challenges us to glimpse the light amidst a deep darkness. Within the ambivalence, then, there exists this antagonism, which only exacerbates the humanness of the story, and ought to give us greater pause.
This article answers questions concerning America as a Christian nation , Christianity's relationship with society, and the proper way to transform people's hearts.
A major and overarching concern of the Church arises with its commitment to the God-given sanctity of human life. Some of the developments of the biological manipulation of human life, though promising amazing therapeutic achievements, may also be understood and undermining respect for the integrity of human existence. Others may be seen as providing a new means of healing human illness. Discering the difference is the challenge the Church faces in developing its teaching on these newly appearing issues.
Fr. Alexander Karloutsos provides a brief overview on the Orthodox Church's position and teachings on Astrology. He explores biblical references, as well as the commentary of various theologians, to show that an overemphasis on Astrology is truly sinful.
Since the early Church, the Office of Oblation (Proskomide) has been a service of offering gifts to God in preparation for the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist or Holy Communion in the Divine Liturgy. The Office of Oblation is thus a prerequisite for the Divine Liturgy.
Fr. Steven Tsichlis addresses the history, teaching, and present popularity of National Geographic's article on the so-called 'Gospel of Judas' and offers an Orthodox response to it.
Rev. Fr. Theodore Stylianopoulos offers an Orthodox response to the 'Gospel of Judas.' He explains the absurdity surrounding the suggestion of a secret knowledge (gnosis) and the complexities of Gnosticism. He makes it clear that there can be no compromise between parts of the traditional Gospels and parts from the Gospel of Judas with great detail and exploration.
The ministry of the Ecumenical Patriarchate may be aptly termed a ministry of reconciliation with three areas of focus: a) the ecumenical dialogue among Christians, b) the inter-religious dialogue among Jews, Christians, and Muslims, and c) the universal call to all human beings for reconciliation with our natural environment. I am concentrating particularly on the reconciliatory ministry of the Ecumenical Patriarchate because I have plenty of relevant data available. In several cases, I presuppose, of course, the concomitant involvement to dialogue of the late Popes Paul VI and John Paul II.