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Pilgrims from Paradise

Old Testament Sacrifices - Part 2

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Matthew concludes his series by examining the nature of man's conscience.

We’re continuing our discussion today about the purpose of the Old Testament sacrificial system. Last time we got to the point where we were recognizing that St. Paul sees the sacrificial system on sort of a two-level dynamic. He teaches that, while animal sacrifices accomplish something for the Israelites on a certain level, they failed to meet a deeper and more important need in the lives of the Israelite people. The blood of bulls and goats, he says,…

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Pilgrims from Paradise

Old Testament Sacrifices - Part 1

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Matthew answers the question, "What was God's purpose with the Old Testament sacrificial system?"

A friend of mine asked me the other day, “In God’s grand scheme of things, what was the purpose of the Old Testament sacrificial system?” It’s a good question. So, just as I do with any spiritual topic these days, I decided to examine it in the context of God’s ultimate desire for humanity, that we should experience, with him and with each other, the Holy Trinity’s life of perfect union, as we are taught in John 17:20-23, or Ephesians…

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Ancient Faith Today

David Daleiden - The Man Behind the Planned Parenthood Exposé

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In this special edition of Ancient Faith Today, Kevin speaks, in this extensive interview, with David Daleiden, the director of the Center For Medical Progress, the pro-life activist organization that planned and produced the ​exposé videos that have shaken the abortion industry in the United States.

Mr. Kevin Allen: Thank you for joining me on this special edition of Ancient Faith Today. You know, there are few stories with greater current significance and more “legs,” as we say in media, in the U.S. right now than the seven recent exposé videos that the pro-life activist organization, the Center for Medical Progress, released beginning in July, showing Planned Parenthood officials, the nation’s single largest provider…

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Paradise and Utopia

Introduction to Part Two of the Podcast: The Nicolaitan Schism

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In the first episode of part two of his four-part podcast "Paradise and Utopia," Fr. John Strickland, a professor of history at Saint Katherine Orthodox College, describes how Pope Nicholas I paved the way for the rapid development of the papal theory of empire.

It was the year 858, and for Pope Nicholas I of Rome, the situation in Constantinople seemed intolerable. A well-meaning and faithful patriarch of the Byzantine Empire’s capital city named Ignatius, had been summarily deposed and placed under arrest by none other than the emperor himself. This was not simply an act of caesaropapism, by which, as I described in an early episode in Part One of this podcast, a ruler acted in an overbearing and detrimental way toward…

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Paradise and Utopia

Frankish Christendom and the Estrangement of East and West I

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Fr. John discusses the rise of the Franks in Western Christianity.

It was the year 810, and the pope of Rome, Leo III, was alarmed. He had recently met with a delegation of Frankish churchmen who had implored him, in fact had pressured him, to accept something called the filioque. The filioque was an insertion into the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed concerning the Holy Spirit. It altered that original Creed, which had read, “I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of life, who proceeds from…

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