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Speaking the Truth

Speaking the Truth
What Does Rome Need To Do? - Part 2

Episode date: June 20, 2014
Transcript published: December 17, 2014

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In my last podcast for Ancient Faith Radio about the Ecumenical Patriarch and the Pope of Rome, I introduced a paper that I prepared for a conference in 2005 in Washington, D.C., sponsored by Roman Catholics, the Woodstock Theological Institute, and the Georgetown University, about what non-Catholics would require of the Church of Rome and of the Pope of Rome in order to be in sacramental communion with the Roman Catholic Church. At this conference, representatives of various non-Catholic churches, non Roman churches:, Episcopalian, Lutheran, Methodist, Baptist, Calvinist, Society of Friends, Quakers—I think there were about eight or…

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Glory to God

Glory to God
The Modern Vocation

Episode date: July 12, 2014
Transcript published: December 17, 2014

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I’ve been doing a series here, a podcast about different aspects of what is generally known as the Modern Project. It is the worldview of the modern era. And I’ve been looking especially at how we view ourselves and our task as human beings. I noted earlier that in the Modern Project, human beings are considered to be autonomous centers of consciousness, that is, independent centers of consciousness whose choices and decisions bring about their self-actualization, that is, we are who and what we choose to be.

We continue today talking about the modern vocation. What could be more impossible than inventing yourself? What imagination,…

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Worship in Spirit and Truth

Worship in Spirit and Truth
Worship and the Prophets

Episode date: May 10, 2011
Transcript published: December 17, 2014

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We want to reflect today, as we prepare ourselves to comment on the Divine Liturgy in the Orthodox Church, we want to prepare today by very simple and superficial, but nevertheless very important reflection on worship in the Prophets, the prophetic writings of the Old Testament. What we find in the Prophets—in all of them, literally all of them… Of course, we have the major prophets: Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel… We Christians add, of course, Daniel to the prophetic books. It’s interesting that in the Jewish tradition, Daniel and his story in Babylon with the boys in the fiery furnace actually belongs to the collection…

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Worship in Spirit and Truth

Worship in Spirit and Truth
Jesus and the Worship of God

Episode date: June 16, 2011
Transcript published: December 15, 2014

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We continue preparing ourselves for our detailed commentaries on the Liturgies of St. John Chrysostom and St. Basil the Great, specifically, I should say, as these Liturgies are now celebrated in the Orthodox Church. Today we just want to say a few words about Jesus and the worship of God. We reflected on the Old Testament. We went through Genesis. We spoke about Cain and Abel and their sacrifices. We spoke about Abraham and Noah, and Abraham, the passover exodus, and Moses, the law of Moses. We spoke about Joshua and the judges and the kings, the prophets, especially Daniel and the Three Youths. We kind of set the stage, so to speak, for how…

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Ancient Faith Commentaries

Ancient Faith Commentaries
Magical Thinking in the Orthodox Church

Episode date: December 09, 2014
Transcript published: December 10, 2014

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Magical Thinking in the Orthodox Church

In any sustained discussion regarding the progress of liberal theology in the Orthodox Church, one sooner or later encounters magical thinking. Magical thinking is defined by Wikipedia, that modern oracle, as “the attribution of causal relationships between actions and events which cannot be justified by reason and observation.” In my experience, it often begins like this: Someone, often a convert from a liberal Christian denomination, like the Episcopalians, warns that North American Orthodoxy is exhibiting the same signs of creeping liberalism as did their previous denomination, and…

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