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Darwin and Christianity - Part 11: Death

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In this episode on the Darwinian Revolution and the relationship between natural science and Christian theology, Fr. Thomas Hopko reflects on the issue of death.

Continuing now in our reflections on the relationship between science and theology, Christian theology—and, as you know, I prefer to say “natural science and Christian theology” rather than “science and religion” because I do believe that “religion” is too vague and too general a term to be used, although it’s used all the time. There’s plenty of writings about science and religion, but I still like to hold forth…

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Darwin and Christianity - Part 10: The Genesis Account (part 4)

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Part 4 of the teachings from Genesis as a section in the larger series on Darwin and Christianity.

We want to complete our reflection on Genesis right now relative to the whole relationship between science and Christian faith, particularly the origins and the human life on the planet and how this is understood theologically. We have said already many things, and the one thing we do want to say and insist upon is that the Bible does not teach natural science and the Bible is not mythology. The Bible is the testimony to the activity of God Almighty in creation and…

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Darwin and Christianity - Part 9: The Genesis Account (part 3)

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Part 3 of the teachings from Genesis as a section in the larger series on Darwin and Christianity.

Continuing now on our reflection about the Darwinian revolution and the issue of evolution, the issue of natural science in relationship to the Christian Gospel and Christian faith and Christian theology, we want to continue now with our meditation on the text of Genesis. This will be the ninth reflection in the series on the Darwinian revolution and the third one about the book of Genesis. We began looking at Genesis with chapter one, and we reflected upon the account…

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Darwin and Christianity - Part 8: The Genesis Account (part 2)

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Fr. Tom Hopko continues his series on Darwin with his 2nd reflection on the creation story in Genesis.

In our seventh reflection on the Darwinian revolution and natural science generally with Christian theology, we began a meditation on Genesis. Basically we want to meditate on the accounts of creation in the Bible, that we have in holy Scripture. We said last time that there are two accounts of creation in the first three chapters of Genesis. The first account is from Genesis 1:1, the very beginning of the Bible, to the third verse of the second chapter, to 2:3. Then…

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Darwin and Christianity - Part 7: The Genesis Account (part 1)

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In his continuing series on Charles Darwin and Christianity, Fr. Tom begins a reflection on the creation story as told in Genesis.

In our last reflection on the Darwinian revolution and natural science in general in relationship with Christian theology, I made the very strong point—first of all, I made the very strong point about the Christocentrism of Orthodox theology, the Gospel of Christ, the crucified, glorified Christ as the very center of the Gospel. But then in our last reflection I took that very same conviction and applied it to the Bible and how Christians, ancient Christians…

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Darwin and Christianity - Part 5

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In the 5th part of his series on Charles Darwin, Fr. Thomas talks about the relationship of this Darwinian Revolution and natural science in general to the issue of Orthodox Christian theology.

This is the fifth of my reflections on the Darwinian revolution, and I’m using Darwinism as a kind of symbol for science generally, natural science generally, and to use that as a way of reflecting on the relationship between natural science and Orthodox Christian theology. As you know, those of you who have listened to the first four of my reflections, there are several things that I always say right up front, right from the beginning. Number one is that these…

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Darwin and Christianity - Part 4

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In part 4 of Fr. Tom Hopko's talks on the Darwinian revolution, he looks at what Charles Darwin may have experienced in terms of Christianity in his day.

This is the fourth in our reflections about natural science and Christian theology using Charles Darwin as a kind of example or object lesson in discussing the very particular issue, not only of natural science and Christian theology, but the issue of natural selection, generally speaking the theory of evolution and how that might relate to Christianity. As I mentioned in the earlier presentations, these are just my personal reflections. I’m certainly not an…

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4th Sunday of Lent - St. John of the Ladder

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It is at this point in our Lenten journey that the Church contemplates the instruction of St. John Climacus and his Ladder of Divine Ascent. Fr. Tom takes us step by step through this treasure and makes it practical for us non-monastics!

On the fourth Sunday of Great Lent, the epistle reading to the Hebrews again is encouraging the faithful people to trust in the promises of God and to patiently endure, as Abraham did when God made the promise to him, that the promise did come, and that God’s promises are made—God swears by his own self when he makes these promises; he wants to show that he himself will keep his word, and therefore we are to trust this word of God and to patiently endure…

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What Does Rome Need To Do? - Part 1

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As promised in his last episode, Fr. Thomas shares with us the paper he wrote in 2005 outlining what the Roman Catholic Church would need to do to unite with the Orthodox. He broke it up into two parts and this is part one.

In a recent podcast on Ancient Faith Radio I reflected on the meetings between the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the Pope Francis of Rome. I reflected a bit upon their meeting in Jerusalem, celebrating the meeting of Athenagoras and Paul VI 50 years ago and about subsequent activities between the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Pope of Rome. I mentioned in that podcast that in 2005 I was invited to a meeting, a conference, in Washington, D.C., about re-imagining…

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A Homily for the Beginning of Lent

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As the Lenten season begins, Fr. Tom Hopko reads a brief sermon penned by Fr. John Parker of Holy Ascension Orthodox Church in Mt. Pleasant, SC. This sermon was written in the style and tradition of St. John Chrysostom's well known and loved Paschal Homily.

In the Orthodox Church, there are some churches, particularly I know Russian churches that I was raised in, at the end of the Great Vespers service on Forgiveness Sunday night that formally begins, commences, the Great Lenten season, the beginning of Great Lent. There is a custom that, while the people are asking and giving forgiveness to each other—each person asks forgiveness of every other person and receives forgiveness from the other person—so that…

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