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Despite the etymological link with pharmakeia, the Church Fathers did not condemn the use of medicinal drugs, but, on the contrary, saw all medical arts as a blessing from God. I think the most famous writing that relates this is from Basil the Great's Ascetical Works (4th century): In as much as our body is susceptible to various hurts, some ...


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In his 1,100-page Genesis, Creation and Early Man: The Orthodox Christian Vision, author Seraphim Rose quotes a 4th century commentary by Ambrose of Milan: The devil attacked not through the man, but through the woman - not because the woman was weaker or more passionate, because both Adam and Eve still preserved the dispassionateness of their ...


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I think the Church Fathers interpreted this verse as meaning that although we are invited by God, our actions will still determine our fate. Verse 14 needs, I think, to be considered along with the preceding verses: Matthew 22:11–14 (KJV 1900) And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: And he ...



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