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Ancient Faith Commentaries
Why Sola Scriptura Doesn’t Work

Episode date: March 18, 2014
Transcript published: May 13, 2014

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Orthodox Christians do not hold to the Reformation principle of sola scriptura. Instead, we view the scriptures as the pinnacle or summit of Holy Tradition, neither separating the two as wholly distinct nor eliminating one or the other. The reason for this is simple. The scriptures are witness to Divine Revelation given from God to mankind, and specially to God’s holy people, first Israel and now the Catholic Church. Holy Tradition refers to the totality of this Divine Revelation, and includes our liturgical hymns and prayers and services, the lives of the saints, the writings of our Fathers, the decrees and canons of the ecumenical…

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The Life of Faith

The Life of Faith
Sin and Morality: Part Two

Episode date: April 24, 2014
Transcript published: May 04, 2014

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In my previous podcast, we introduced the subject of sin and holiness, which is what we are going to carry on with today. In the last podcast, I dealt mainly with one passion and one virtue: the passion of pride and the virtue of humility. I pointed out that the passion of pride is really the sin that makes us most like the devil, and the virtue of humility is the virtue which makes us most like God. Also, these two things, pride and humility, are often the root of other passions and virtues. Pride often leads to many other kinds of sin, and humility is what…

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The Life of Faith

The Life of Faith
Sin and Morality: Part One

Episode date: April 11, 2014
Transcript published: April 24, 2014

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In Orthodox Christianity, there is no morality, and I know it shocks many people when I say that, but I say it for a good reason: because morality is not really a theological but a philosophical idea. Morality is commonly understood as a sense of right and wrong, and I think to a certain extent everyone has that sense of right and wrong, regardless of cultures or religions or times in which we live. I don’t think anyone has ever considered selfishness or cowardice to be something good. People do not consider it a good thing to be horrible to people who are good to you, whatever your religious belief and whatever age you live in, whichever…

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Speaking the Truth

Speaking the Truth
War and Violence in the Old Testament

Episode date: December 22, 2010
Transcript published: April 22, 2014

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We have been reflecting on Ancient Faith Radio and these podcasts about the Bible and about reading the Bible and about understanding the Bible. And of course we like to quote St. Hilary of Poitiers, a wonderful rhyming sentence in Latin: “Non in legendo, sed in intelligendo,” he said: approaching the Scripture, it’s not in the reading; it’s in the understanding. It is in the interpretation of the Scripture, particularly as the Scripture has to do with God’s saving activities of his creation that he made in the beginning, particularly the salvation and glorification of human beings, and also how the Old…

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Praying in the Rain

Praying in the Rain
Shedding the fear of God’s wrath

Episode date: April 07, 2014
Transcript published: April 17, 2014

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Hello. This is Fr. Michael Gillis, and we’re Praying in the Rain. Well, if you have not seen Coffee with Sr. Vassa, which is a video podcast available on YouTube or on Ancient Faith Radio, you’re really missing something. She is [an] excellent communicator, very witty and funny, but powerful and insightful, simply presenting the Orthodox faith. So I encourage you to see those videos on Ancient Faith Radio video podcast, Coffee with Sr. Vassa.

On one of her posts a few…

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