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Speaking the Truth

Darwin and Christianity - Part 15: Nature and Super-nature

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As Fr. Tom gets close to the end of his series on Darwin and Christianity, he reflects on the terms and concepts of nature and super-nature.

In our last couple of reflections on natural science and Christian theology in the light, so to speak, in the context of the Darwinian revolution, we reflected on the relationship of God and the world, and we tried to insist on the centrality of Christ and the incarnation of God in human flesh as the Man Jesus, and specifically on the crucifixion of Christ. We did that also when we reflected on death, the issue of death. We also, in the reflection on God and the world,…

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Darwin and Christianity - Part 14: Meditation on Miracles

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What are some of the misunderstandings and misgivings about miracles, and how does that relate to natural science and Christian theology?

As we continue our “stream-of-consciousness musings,” as my reflections have been called—I really like that: “stream-of-consciousness musings.” In a sense, that is very much what we are doing here, especially when we are trying to come to terms with what is going on in natural science, but my musings are, of course, hopefully intended to help us to rethink, to rethink how we understand the relationship between what we come to know and…

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Becoming a Healing Presence

What is Sanity?

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Dr. Rossi addresses the question, "What is Sanity?" He interviews Alexis, an Orthodox Christian living with schizophrenia.

I’d like to make a podcast on one of my very favorite questions: What is sanity? Sanity, sanity, sanity. In the popular mind today, especially in the political arena and the public place, sanity is often defined as accomplishment or mental power, and almost always just limited to the head, to rationality, to reasoned thought. I would submit that my own definition of sanity is that it’s an energy within us (the mind) which guides the heart to make decisions…

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Darwin and Christianity - Part 13: God and Creation

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Fr. Tom continues his series on Darwin and Christianity with some musings on God and Creation.

In our reflections on the relationship between natural science and Christian theology, we have been saying that it’s really very important that we would have accurate understandings, both of natural science—what it says, what it doesn’t say, what it claims, what it doesn’t claim—and that we would have accurate understanding about Christian theology—what Christian theology claims and what it doesn’t claim, what it thinks. Here,…

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Not Made by Human Hands

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Fr. Thomas relates the story of the icon not made by hand which is celebrated each August after the Dormition of the Theotokos. Could it actually be the shroud of Turin?

When we were reflecting on the month of August, that strange last month of the ecclesiastical year in the Orthodox Church, I mentioned that there were three feasts of the Savior: August 1, the so-called first feast of the Savior, was the procession and celebration of the wood of the Cross that began the 15 days of prayer and fasting before the Dormition of the Theotokos. Then we mentioned the sixth of August, the celebration of the Christian festival of booths, the…

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