Sergius Bulgakov on Christ’s Miracles

Christ’s miracles were worked by the Son of Man, and they were worked by Him in His humanity; consequently, they have a human character, are accessible to man, are included in the possibilities of this world, headed by man. This means, furthermore, that Christ’s miracles were natural, not unnatural and not supernatural. They disclosed the possibilities of implanted in man’s […]

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Sergius Bulgakov on Sainthhood

There are two poles of human-divinity: self-deification to which are applicable St Augustine’s words that  man without God is a diabolical being; and the gracious deification of man, helping him to become holy. Sainthood is human-divinity actualized by human exploit on the basis of God’s grace. Outside of the divine incarnation and the action of God’s grace, sainthood in actu […]

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Lent

The beginning of Lent and the disciplines associated with it prompt thoughts on what the point of them is. It’s not that we give up things that are morally murky or positively wrong, for these categories do not apply to the things we are called to cut down on. It is certainly not the case that we seek to earn divine favour by our efforts, for […]

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Gilles Dorival on continuities and ruptures between Hellenism and Christianity

In his contribution to a volume of studies edited by Arnaud Perrot (Les Chretiens et l’Hellenisme, Editions rue d’Ulm, 2012), Gilles Dorival turns to territory long familiar in academic discourse, the interface between early Christian thought and that of the surrounding Greek Hellenistic world. He is particularly interested in what he calls continuity and persistence, opposed to discontinuity, rupture and  novelty. […]

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Metropolitan Anthony on Discernment

As far as non-Christian religions are concerned…a person can become the object of a demonic temptation. But here is a criterion by which to judge. St Seraphim of Sarov spoke of the fact that if an inner experience is linked with light from the mind, warmth from the heart, joy,  a feeling of deep humility and gratitude, then one can think that […]

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Gabriel Bunge on Created Being Spirituality

However much we may talk of ‘spirituality’ and however fond we may be of using the epithet ‘spiritual’, the Person of the Holy Ghost is the Great Absent One in the ‘spirituality’ of the West, as has often been lamented. As a consequence, we regard many things as ‘spiritual’ that in fact still belong absolutely and entirely to the realm […]

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Cases of Mysterious Gender and Being Worthy in Liturgical Texts

The Apostles’ Creed widely used in the Christian West affirms belief in what it calls the ‘communio sanctorum’. The first word is easily translated ‘communion’, but the gender of the second Latin word is ambiguous, for it could be masculine, in which case it would mean ‘of the saints’, or neuter, which would yield the meaning ‘of holy things’ (i.e. the […]

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Anestis Keselopoulos on St Gregory Palamas: Repentance and Purification (continued)

In his presentation of the thought of St Gregory Palamas, Anestis Keselopoulos observes: ‘The aim of repentance and mourning is to perfectly cleanse the soul from the passions, which ultimately means to overcome the Fall…repentance is the great opportunity God gives man and the potential for intimacy of sonship and union with Him…Man’s purification is the work of the grace of […]

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