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Glory to God

Glory to God
With Envy and Justice for All

Episode date: November 29, 2014
Transcript published: December 03, 2014

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We use many words and concepts in our daily lives without bothering to consider their true content. In my experience, few words are less examined than the word “justice.” It’s a word that is foundational in our modern world, with deep roots in the religious tradition. Most people would agree that the desire for justice is virtually innate in human beings. However, it has a dark side of which very few seem to be aware.

In the religious tradition, justice is usually grounded within God himself. Some associate this justice with God’s demand for right conduct from his creation. There’s also the sense that justice…

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Paradise and Utopia

Paradise and Utopia
The Rise of Anthropological Pessimism III

Episode date: December 05, 2013
Transcript published: November 30, 2014

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Welcome back to this episode on the rise of anthropological pessimism in the West, as we explore the origins of the Great Schism and their consequences, especially in the West, before the Renaissance. I’ve spent some time in this episode reviewing how the Greek East, during the age of the Fathers, established an optimistic anthropology which emphasized the dignity of man, bringing attention to the role played by the Incarnation, by baptism, and by man’s participation in the uncreated divine energies in elevating man, glorifying man, in his relationship with God, a relationship known as synergy, and a relationship leading to man’s…

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Ancient Faith Commentaries

Ancient Faith Commentaries
Is the LGBT a New Reality?

Episode date: November 24, 2014
Transcript published: November 26, 2014

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Is the LGBT a new reality? The battle between those who condemn homosexual activity as sinful and those who celebrate it as a valid alternative is heating up, and the sound of its fury is shaking the walls and rattling the windows even of the Orthodox Church. It’s like Dylan prophesied long ago: The times, they are a-changin’. And though our official Church pronouncements remain consistent with our patristic past, such as the episcopal pronouncement on marriage circulated, for example, by the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in America over two decades ago, our practice has changed, and in many places now reflects secular norms…

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Worship in Spirit and Truth

Worship in Spirit and Truth
Joshua, Judges, and the Kings of Israel

Episode date: April 21, 2011
Transcript published: November 17, 2014

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We have been reflecting on the Old Testament preparations and prefigurations of worship in spirit and truth that come to the world in Jesus the Messiah, the Christ. So far we have meditated about how human beings were created for worship, how the apostasy of humanity against God is a failure of worship, a failure of being doxological and eucharistic, giving glory and gratitude. We reflected on the sacrificial worship of Cain and Abel and that whole story in Genesis, and then we spoke about Noah and worship in Noah’s time. Then we spoke about Abraham and the worship of God after the calling of the quintessential believer, the patriarch…

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The Morning Offering

The Morning Offering
Theosis

Episode date: November 14, 2014
Transcript published: November 15, 2014

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Theosis: Becoming by grace what God is by nature.

The Orthodox Church does not accept the doctrine of original sin as espoused in the West, yet this in no way suggests that we do not need to be born anew. We Orthodox believe, as did the early Church Fathers, that we inherit only the results of Adam’s sin, not his guilt. This is known as ancestral sin because the sin of our first parents, Adam and Eve, resulted in our inheritance of death, sickness, and an inclination towards evil. Christ’s death on the cross has its power, not in an atonement sacrifice, but in the conquering of the power of death. Death is trampled down by…

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