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@Eric: Do you have references to support your statement "The church plainly is not pacifistic and has recognized in several places the unfortunate need for violence in this world."? Besides that, you seem to be making the assumption that a person who commits an act of violence in such a situation would always act the same way in the future. It can be an ...


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Sounds like you are referring to the idea of the pre-existence of souls. This idea is lumped with "Origenism". Check this thread out here: What is " Origenism" This is an excerpt from orthodoxwiki.org/Apocatastasis: "The anathemas of the local Council of Constantinople in 453, which is understood by most commentators to be confirmed by the ...


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Admittedly I'm reporting mostly silence, but my copy of "Heresies" by Harold O. J. Brown mentions aphthartodocetism on page 185. He does not, however, mention anything about Justinian or any other emperor adhering to this doctrine. According to him: If monophysitism had not gone beyond Severus [presumably Severus of Antioch], it would at most have been ...


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There will likely be as many different answers to your question as there are denominations. From an Evangelical perspective, I'd venture a guess that ecumenism is a "hard sell" in many Evangelical denominations of whatever stripe. (I would not even dare to give you a list of Evangelical denominations!) I happen to be a member of the Christian and ...


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Arimathean offered a great explanation. I'll just add one other thought given by my priest in Colorado. As with many practices in the Orthodox church, there is also a practical explanation (like incense covering the stench of the people in addition to representing our prayers going up to heaven, or the gold fans blowing away the flies from the Communion ...


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The greatest cause of confusion, and a progenitor of heresy in our Orthodox faith, is trying to describe eternal concepts using thinking and expression born in an existential experience bounded by the limits of time and space. For example, and the texts above are rife with these, when Jesse writes, "Christ's soul would have existed prior to the incarnation." ...


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First a little anecdote from an 81 year old human, male by design and orientation. Met a lady once who was taught by her mother that using of two leaves of toilet paper simultaneously was both wasteful and environmentally inappropriate. Mother's wrath was unrelenting. Whenever she used two, her guilt was quite profound. She had inherited the definition: ...



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