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The Seven Pillars of Eastern Orthodoxy

Pillars are an integral part of the structure of many buildings. The Eastern Orthodox Church rests upon the ancient pillars of the Seven Ecumenical Councils. This paper will examine the general concept of these councils. The light of Scriptures will appraise a particular decree of the Second Council of Nicea in order to test whether Read More

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Icons: Visions of the Spiritual World in Orthodoxy?

In recent years, icons have captured the imagination of many Christians and non-Christians alike. The Eastern Orthodox Church is well known for its use of icons. This paper examines the history, purpose, and use of icons and asks the question: are they contrary to the Scripture? A pictorial1 icon2 is an image (generally two dimensional) Read More

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Are Eastern Orthodox Bishops Really High Priests?

The office of the Bishop is essential to the continuation of the Eastern Orthodox Church. Without the bishops, the Orthodox Church would cease to exist. This paper briefly examines the historical development of this ecclesiastical structure and compares the concept of the Orthodox Bishop with the bishop or overseer as described in the Scriptures.1 The Read More

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Eastern Orthodoxy-Spiritual Life or Spiritual Death

Eastern Orthodoxy teaches that man can attain salvation only through partaking what it calls “Sacred Mysteries.” They are also called “Sacred Sacraments.” Orthodoxy commands people to submit themselves to these mysteries that are performed on their behalf by the Orthodox Church. Indeed, Eastern Orthodoxy teaches that the only way to eternal life is through these Read More
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Josif Trifa: Former Priest of the Romanian Orthodox Church

Josif Trifa was born in 1888 in the village Certede, next to Kmpeni in the Western mountains.  He attended gymnasium in Bejus and then studied theology in Sibiu.  He returned to his home village as a teacher and later was consecrated as a priest.  In 1921 Metropolitan Balan invited him to Sibiu to become spiritual Read More

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Dumitru Cornilescu: Former Priest of the Romanian Orthodox Church

Dumitru Cornilescu was born in 1891 in the village of Slasoma in the Mehedinti province. His father was a teacher, and his grandfathers both on his mother’s and father’s side were priests.  He felt the call to enter the priesthood and went to Bucharest to study theology. Dumitru was unhappy with the formalism and rituals.  Read More