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Introduction: Christianity as a Church throughout History

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Introduction: Christianity as a Church throughout History

1. The origin and the revealing of the Church The characterization of the Church by the Apostle Paul as the “Body of Christ” and Christ as Her “Head” (Coloss.1, 24:18) brought the Church into a direct association with Christ. Being joined to the eternal Logos of God, the Church is likewise eternal and pre-existent before […]

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The redemptive dialogue between created and uncreated in history

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The redemptive dialogue between created and uncreated in history

History, according to one point of view, is the eternal “carriage of world reality”, which takes every man from the first moment of his life, and transports him to his eternal destination. Man, as a persona, i.e. a God-created, free being, deposits his acts (RES GESTAE) in History and at the same time he self-actualizes […]

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Preface

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Preface

Several years ago I had compiled a number of my studies, which had originally been written in German for poemantic purposes, as an aid for German visitors in Greece, who desired to learn about the Orthodox faith and tradition. That book, “LEBEN IM LEIBE CHRISTI” (Life in the Body of Christ), Athens 1990, and its […]

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Jesus Christ: The Light and the Hope of the World

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Jesus Christ: The Light and the Hope of the World

With the year 2000, Christianity completed two millennia of historical presence and witness. However, the term “Christianity” contains the reference to Jesus Christ, given that the Divine-Human was the One who salvifically “invaded” the world during a historical point in Time, changing the very course and the meaning of History. The completion of Christianity’s second […]

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Orthodoxy as Therapy

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Orthodoxy as Therapy

If we wished to conventionally define Christianity, as Orthodoxy, we would say it is the experiencing of the presence of the Uncreated (=of God) throughout history, and the potential of creation (=mankind) becoming God “by Grace”. Given the perpetual presence of God in Christ, in historical reality, Christianity offers mankind the possibility of theosis, just […]

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“From Water and Spirit”-The Theology of the Holy Baptism

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“From Water and Spirit”-The Theology of the Holy Baptism

1. The major interpreter of the Divine Liturgy, Saint John Kavasilas (14th century) links the existence of the Church to Her sacraments. “The Church is denoted (revealed) by the sacraments” he underlines, implying chiefly with this the par excellence sacrament of the Church: the Divine Eucharist. There can be no ecclesiastic reality without sacraments; in […]

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Orthodoxy’s Worship

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Orthodoxy’s Worship

1. Christian Worship Ever since its founding on the Day of the Pentecost, Christianity (as the Church of Christ), was expressed not only as a teaching but also as worship, which held a centremost place in its life. Worship proved to be not only the means by which the Church expressed Her most profound self, […]

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The importance of Hesychasm in the History of Orthodoxy

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The importance of Hesychasm in the History of Orthodoxy

1. Hesychasm* constitutes the quintessence of Orthodox tradition, having related itself to everything that the term “Orthodoxy” embodies and expresses. Orthodoxy outside the Hesychastic tradition is unthinkable and nonexistent. Besides, Hesychasm itself is the “philosopher’s stone” by which one can recognize the genuine Christian image. In the Orthodox tradition, the “divine charismas” are acquired through […]

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In Prayer and Fasting

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In Prayer and Fasting

In Prayer and Fasting (Worship and Ascesis as the coordinates of Orthodox spiritual living) 1.  Spiritual life and ecclesiastic theology The composition of the Church’s life – in its local and its universal manifestation – has a unique and steadfast objective: to be the members’ path towards theosis (deification); the “thorough” (1 Thess. 5:23) incorporation […]

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Philokalian Distinction Between Orthodoxy and Heresy

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Philokalian Distinction Between Orthodoxy and Heresy

1.   Introduction It is a known fact that a precise definition of Orthodoxy as a Church is impossible, because “Orthodoxy-Church” is a Divine-human magnitude and, as far as its divine element is concerned, it supersedes every intellectual-logical conception. So, if we wished to somehow define Orthodoxy, we could say the following:  Orthodoxy is the presence […]

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