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The Limits of the Church by Fr. Georges Florovsky It is very difficult to give an exact and firm definition of a ‘sect’ or ‘schism’ (I distinguish the theological definition from the simple canonical description), since a sect in the Church is always something contradictory and unnatural, a paradox and an enigma. For the […]
Origen had a motto that he taught his students as the guide to their whole intellectual (and psychic) lives: Hopou Logos agei, which translates as, “Go wherever the Divine Wisdom leads you.” Studying Origen, and being led more and more deeply into his speculations on God and the cosmos, is a highly infectious thing. -Fr. […]
The canon of scripture has been a controversial topic ever since the Protestant Reformation, which is largely responsible for why it is a popular subject today. The dispute was between the Roman Catholics and Protestants. The Roman Catholics believed in the books of the Old Testament found exclusively in the traditional Greek Septuagint (called “Deuterocanon” […]
St. Nilus of Ancyna: Who Was He?  Similar to a host of the writers from the patristic era, Nilus’ character is cloaked in hagiographic material making it difficult to remove the fictional overcoat, in order to get at the core of his identity. In other words, the task of reconstructing his life is difficult […]
"People sometimes say: ‘What is the value of studying patristics?' I have read many theological works more than once, but very few indeed, to tell the truth, bear a second reading and even fewer a third. But I have never found either the Gospels or the great Church Fathers to be ever less than an inexhaustible source of freshness whenever I have picked them up, time after time. To me it is a sign of deep and inspired grace."
"Having the writings of the Fathers so easily accessible is a great blessing to all who seek wisdom from the inspired writings of the saints."
"Reading the early Fathers is the best way to acquire the mind of the early Church."