There are those who consider that Protestantism is simply a less complete form of Orthodoxy, while others take the view that Protestantism as a system of doctrine and spiritual practice is certainly not Orthodox, and can even be considered as not being properly Christian. Who is correct? In this introduction to a comparative study of Orthodoxy and Protestantism, Father Peter Farrington draws on his experience as a convert from Protestant Evaneglicalism.
Monthly Archives: February 2012
As the season of Great Lent is about to begin the Church leads us to consider the teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ on prayer, fasting, and other works of charity, which should characterise the Christian life. This homily reminds us that our Lord speaks of 'when we fast', not 'if we fast'. Fasting is not a miserable exercise, but one which leads to light and joy and the experience of God.
St Severus of Antioch is one of the great Fathers of the Oriental Orthodox Churches. In the decades after the Council of Chalcedon in 451 AD it was he, more than any other theologian, who expressed most forcefully and clearly the Orthodox Christology of the Oriental Orthodox Churches. This podcasts considers his Christology, especially as it is found in the letters he sent to a certain Sergius. It considers whether or not he is liable to the accusation of heresy which was laid against him by his opponents, and shows his complete commitment to the Christology of St Cyril of Alexandria.
If doctrine is the description and explanation of what we believe to be true then it is important that we seek to have a right understanding. Doctrine is a spiritual medicine, or rather it is a description of the spiritual treatment which will heal us. Think how dangerous it is if the wrong medicine is prescribed to a patient, or the wrong amount is administered. This podcast describes the importance of a correct Christology, or understanding of Christ, and considers three false Christologies, that of Arianism, Nestorianism an Eutychianism. It concludes with a consideration of our own Orthodox Christology and the way in which it preserves the three key aspects of an Orthodox Christology.
It might seem that much of the tradition we are taught as Orthodox Christians should be relegated to the category of pious fiction. But a study of the information we have about the mission of the Apostle Thomas shows that the tradition relating to his ministry is entirely reasonable and should not be discounted. This podcast considers the teachings of the Fathers about St Thomas as he is described in the Gospels, and then looks at the early tradition of the Church about his missionary work in India.