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What does Eastern Orthodox Christians mean that the Father alone is the one God?

What does Eastern Orthodox Christians mean that the Father is the one God? I understand that Eastern Orthodox Trinitarianism differs from Unitarianism in that the former teaches three divine persons ...
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How do Orthodox Christians explain that the Father and the Son are not two different Gods?

How do Orthodox Christians explain that the Father and the Son are not two different Gods? Orthodox Christians had a different version of the Trinity in that for them the one God is the Father as ...
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Finding Ancient/Byzantine Greek texts used by choirs from Mount Athos

Recently I came across some recordings of choirs from different monasteries in Mountain Athos (e.g. Vigil of the Holy Cross or just collections of chants from Vatopedi monastery). Where could I find ...
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Roughly how many churches were built in each century?

Christians build churches - it's what we do. Are there any estimates of how many physical church buildings Christians have built over the centuries, broken down by century? Suitable proxies: number ...
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Is Christ androgynous? [closed]

What are the stances, if any, of the Eastern Orthodox and Catholic Church on whether Christ was androgynous?
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How have Eastern liturgies changed in the past century?

In the Latin Church, the Liturgical Movement and the Second Vatican Council resulted in broad liturgical changes. To what extent has liturgy changed in the Eastern churches during the past 50 to 100 ...
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Is it really true that Orthodox Prosphora (unconsecrated, of course) can not be sold or bought?

I like to buy and eat protestant/catholic altar bread sometimes. It is those small, round-shaped hosts of unleavened wheat bread, they are sold in our local protestant book-shop in package of 100 ...
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According to Catholicism or Eastern Orthodoxy are there any doctrinal barriers to Christians sharing places of worship with non-Christians?

Hagia Sophia was originally the seat of the Patriarch of Constantinople, then the chief mosque of the Ottoman Empire, then a museum. A few days ago, it reverted to being a mosque once more. Numerous ...
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Was Leo Tolstoy a heretic? [closed]

Leo Tolstoy, author of War and Peace and Anna Karenina, wrote his own version of the Christian Gospels.[1] He called it The Gospel in Brief. In it, he mixed many beliefs of the different disciples. In ...
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In 1943, the Russian Orthodox Church permitted the women's name Svetlana. Was it made specifically for Stalin's daughter?

Russian Wikipedia says the name "Svetlana" was invented in 19th century by a poet Alexander Vostokov. But some people also pointed out that Svetlana is Russian equivalent of Photini, the Samaritan ...
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What does it mean that the Believers Eastern Church (in Asia) is an “Ancient-Future Church”?

Recently I was asked a question about the Believers Eastern Church and have been doing some research to find out what they believe. Here is part of what I discovered: The founder and current ...
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How can Orthodox have saints, if they are heretic? (or vise versa)

I'm a catholic, so from a Catholic point of view how can orthodox have saints if they follow a heresy? And from the orthodox point of view, the opposite is true. If neither party can verify the ...
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The celebrant’s position and proximity to the participants

We know that the apostles were present in a face to face relation to Jesus at the Lord's Supper. When did the celebrants of the later Eucharist turn their backs on the participants, and why? Also ...
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What is the biblical basis for the assignment of patron saints?

Within Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy specifically (there may be more) there are many patron saints. Is there any biblical basis that exists for the assignment of a patron saint?
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Was there ever an Anabaptist movement in the Eastern Orthodox Church?

Since the original Great Schism, the Orthodox church has seemed pretty unified (at least compared to the Catholic Church). During the radical reformation, Anabaptists were persecuted throughout ...
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Do Catholics consider Catholic Church as a heresy of the Orthodox church?

A succession of ecclesiastical differences and theological disputes between the Greek Eastern Church and Latin West Church pre-dated the formal rupture that occurred in 1054. Prominent among these ...
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If both the Orthodox and Catholic Church affirm salvation by grace through faith, why did the Protestant Reformation happen?

I will often engage in dialogue with Catholics and Orthodox Christians who tell me that the doctrine of their churches affirms that salvation is by grace through faith. If that is true, then what ...
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Where is the text of Pope Pius IX, “To the Easterners”?

I have seen Wikipedia discussion of Pope Pius IX's 1848 Epistle to the Easterners, and while the discussion mentions a now removed link to catholicencyclicals.net which apparently was a resource on ...
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What biblical canon do Eastern Catholic Churches use? [duplicate]

The Roman Catholic Church and Eastern Orthodox Church use slightly different biblical canons: Books of the Bible (Wikipedia). Notably, the Orthodox Church uses 3 Maccabees and 4 Maccabees while the ...
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Was Eastern-Orthodox liturgical music influenced by Islam?

If you ever went to an Eastern-Orthodox service, well... their music sounds like Islam to me. It's very different from Western Christian music that is typically accompanied by an organ (even known ...
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Who was Saint Raynerius of Beaulieu?

I came accross a website about Saint Raynerius of Beaulieu. Every source I can find tells me that his feast day is on Feb 22, and that he died in 967 AD. I want to find more information, but have no ...
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What were the common exonyms of the Roman Catholic and the Eastern Orthodox churches leading up to and after the Great Schism (1054)?

A common misconception I encounter among people interested in the history of Christianity is that the term "Catholic" refers solely to the Roman Catholic church and likewise "Orthodox" only to the ...
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Do Roman Catholics regard Orthodox sacraments as valid and/or licit?

In the comments below an earlier question of mine the following question arose: The Roman Catholic Church describes the administration of sacraments as valid or invalid respectively licit or illicit. ...
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How can we be sure our specific Christian confession is true, when every other Christian group claims that it's not? [closed]

I'm a recent convert to Eastern Orthodox Christianity, but I've started to doubt the faith recently, and I’m really desperate for help. The doubt I have is really one I've had since the beginning of ...
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What is the Biblical Basis of Eastern Orthodox Christians that the Holy Spirit proceeded from the Father alone?

Filioque is a Latin word meaning "and the Son" which was added to the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed. This inclusion in the Creedal article regarding the Holy Spirit thus states that the Spirit "...
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Baptismal names in the Greek Orthodox Church!

Where can I find an EXHAUSTIVE list of baptismal names in the Greek Orthodox Church; i.e an EXHAUSTIVE list of Names that have been given to a person (the frequency; i.e the number of people given ...
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What’s the Eastern Orthodox belief on the Lake of Fire?

How does Eastern Orthodox view the lake of fire and “eternal judgment“ (hebrew 6:2)?
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Are devotional materials in Slavic-speaking Orthodox countries typically translated today?

When rereading the Russian classic The Way of the Pilgrim, I was somewhat surprised to come across a passage which implied that a pocket copy of the Gospels intended for personal devotional reading ...
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Explanation of Russian assorted saints and festivities icon “Plenka”

Monastery/production company Sofrino supplies icon "Plenka" of assorted saints and festivities: ИКОНА НА ДЕРЕВЯННОМ ПЛАНШЕТЕ 18Х24 ПЛЕНКА I have bought one in almost A4 format but still the writing ...
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Are there any Saints that have miraculously overcome death (should have died, but did not)?

Are there any saints that should have died but didn't, not like they dodged a moving train, but rather something like were stabbed in the heart but didn't bleed, or something. And when they did die, ...
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Why does the Fifth Ode (Prayer of Isaiah) begin at verse 9 and end at verse 20?

Ode 5 in the LXX Book of Odes, and in the canon at Byzantine Orthros/Matins, starts at Isaiah 26:9. Why does it skip the first nine verses which open with the introduction making it clear the whole ...
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Aside from St. Vincent Ferrer, are there any other saints said to have had the “gift of tongues”?

What I am not asking about: Glossolalia, as practiced by Charismatics in the modern day. What I am asking about: St. Vincent Ferrer was born in Spain and travelled as far north as Germany and ...
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Why does the Eastern Orthodox Church call the 49 days following Easter, Pentecost, and the Western Church does not?

Just from Wikipedia I have found that the 49 days before Pentecost are called "Pentecost" (there's even "Mid-Pentecost" which is the midpoint from Easter to Pentecost) but in the Western Church I can'...
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At what level does the orthodox church recognize the individual rather than the collective?

I understand that Christianity is a religion founded in a collective ideal, but at what level is the individual considered, specifically within the Orthodox church as compared to Protestantism, in the ...
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What should one do who was baptised twice in the Catholic and Orthodox Churches?

I just found out my parents baptized me twice as a baby in two Christian Churches: Catholic and Orthodox. I am concerned, is it bad to be baptized twice? What can I do to sort this out?
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Who can move Easter celebrations in the Orthodox Churches?

I have come to understand that the autonomous Finnish Orthodox Church celebrates Easter at the same time as Western Churches. Who made the decisions, and was the Ecumenical Patriarch involved?
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Is there any evidence to support the authenticity of the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote a paper on the subject: "The Ethics of Late Judaism as Evidenced in the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs". The writings consist of the last words and ...
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Resources in Helping Choose an Orthodox Patron Saint

I'm currently a catechumen in the Orthodox Church and am trying to decide on a Patron Saint. I've done some research in regards to Saints on or close to my birthday however I am curious as to whether ...
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Has a slave served as a priest?

In a recent sermon on Ephesians 6.5-9, the possibility was raised of a slave being a priest/pastor/bishop with authority over his earthly master. I couldn't think of an example from Church history. ...
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Conversion from Orthodox to Syro Malabar Syrian Catholics

I am a Syro Malabar Syrian Catholic working in Dubai from Gujarat (from Kerala). I am getting married to a Swiss Citizen (Malayali) who is born and brought up in Switzerland and is working in Dubai. ...
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What theological problem in the Henoticon triggered the excommunication of the Patriarch Acacius, by the Bishop of Rome in the fifth century?

As I read through Oman's treatment of the Dark Ages, I am struck again and again by his references to Catholics (which seems in a contextual sense to mean Christian orthodoxy writ large) and what I ...
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Why is the Last Place on Earth St. Peter Founded the Seat of his Authority?

The (Roman) Catholic Church agrees that Peter founded different churches, like at Antioch or Rome, but it claims that it is only at the last place Peter lived or died is to where his supposed ...
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Does the Eastern Orthodox Church acknowledge the validity a self-started Eucharists?

Let's say on some island in Oceania the locals one day found a King James version (or any other version in their own language) and believed into Christ, started having regular meetings, in which they ...
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Is there any evidence to support the claim that the Apostle St. Peter founded the Church in Antioch and, if so, what are the implications?

According to tradition, the Apostle Peter founded the Church in Antioch in A.D. 34 and is regarded as the first Bishop of Antioch. Here are a few extracts from sources I found regarding this claim: ...
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According to Catholicism and/or Eastern Othodox, if we have Guardian Angels do we also have an assigned Demons?

The idea of having a demon assigned to us isn’t new to anyone who is familiar with C.S. Lewis and the Screwtape letters. Since the idea (according to Catholic and Orthodox Tradition) is that God “...
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Did St. James write the Divine Liturgy of St. James?

This is related to the question titled "What is the earliest written surviving liturgy?", but different in what it is asking. I was reading on Infogalactic the following. The Liturgy of Saint James ...
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Are there any Eastern-Orthodox theologians who question the historicity of, for example, Moses and Joshua?

Some of the early church fathers seem to condone allegorical interpretations of certain part of scripture (for example Gregory of Nyssa concerning God's killing of the firstborn in Egypt). Are there ...
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How and when was the belief that a baptism late in life increases our chances of being saved determined to be false?

The venerable fathers of the Church Sts. Gregory the Theologian, Basil the Great, John Chrysostom and Jerome all seem to have accepted baptism late in their lives on the premise that it would improve ...
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According to the Greek Orthodox Church can one marry a Maronite Catholic?

Is a wedding between a Greek Orthodox to a Maronite Rite Catholic permitted and can the ceremony be performed in the Greek Orthodox Church?
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Questions about this icon of Saint Sophia

Below is an icon of Saint Sophia and her three daughters (Faith, Hope, and Charity). It's so cute! I hope someone who is knowledgeable about iconography can answer a couple questions I have about it. ...

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