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Jul
23
comment Are there examples of royal Orthodox saints (not martyrs) who have executed people?
Execution, not war. There is a difference.
Feb
18
comment If Orthodox Christians must repent of any act of violence, how does this not entail pacifism?
Thanks for the answer, but it seems to me that you have failed to answer my question. Does not repentance include a belief that facing the same situation, one would act differently? This seems to induce a parodox.
Feb
17
comment Are there examples of royal Orthodox saints (not martyrs) who have executed people?
Thanks for that, @Archipoeta. I will delete the question, though by the end of the day unless someone has a more fruitful answer. I guess this is a tricky question to answer, since I am asking about someone at the high point of theosis who found it just to execute people.
Feb
17
comment Are there examples of royal Orthodox saints (not martyrs) who have executed people?
Why the downvote? I understand that the question is unusual, but it surely has theological implications for those with the Orthodox understanding of theosis.
Feb
17
comment Are there examples of royal Orthodox saints (not martyrs) who have executed people?
But it is important to my question that they were considered holy when they oversaw executions. As I understood Constantine, only at the end of his life did he fully turn to Christ and that he delayed his conversion as long as possible. Czar Nicholas is not universally seen as a martyr, as you implied.
Jan
5
comment Why do Christians thank God for specific things?
Thanks for your answer. I'm most interested in how to explain this to people who are not naturally grateful. A better analogy would be one in which your wife did something which produced an at least apparently unintended consequence which benefits you. The psychological explanation makes sense, but I wonder most about an understanding of the REALITY of what is done and willed by God vis-a-vis us.