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Questions tagged [eastern-orthodox]

Doctrine, practice, saints and other topics around Eastern Orthodox (Greek, Russian etc.) Church.

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Robber Councils in Eastern Orthodoxy

In Catholicism, one can discern between a robber Council and a true Ecumenical Council: the Pope gives his ratification of one and not the other. Therefore we know that the correct Council was adopted....
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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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Why aren't the Oriental and Eastern Orthodox Churches in communion with each other?

Both the Oriental and Eastern Orthodox Church worship the same God and the Blessed Mother Virgin Mary and the Saints and the Holy Trinity. Do language and cultural differences separate them? What ...
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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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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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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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Is the Russian Orthodox Church pressing the government of Russia to ban Jehovah's Witnesses?

As early as today (April 7 2017) the Supreme Court of Russia may ban the religion of Jehovah's Witnesses. This would make it a criminal offense for Jehovah's Witnesses even to meet together to pray. ...
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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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Atonement in Eastern Orthodoxy

The mainline protestant idea of Atonement is, as Luther himself put it, this: Jesus Christ, our God and Lord, died for our sins and was raised again for our justification (Romans 3:24–25). He ...
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Did any early church Christian writers ever place Origen in a early martyrology or menologium?

Did any early church Christian writers ever place Origen in a early martyrology or menologium? There are many early Church Fathers. Some are canonized saints, while some are not. Origen is not ...
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What does the Orthodox Church actually teach about Original Sin?

I've read from this link as followed : In the Orthodox Faith, the term “original sin” refers to the “first” sin of Adam and Eve. As a result of this sin, humanity bears the “consequences” of ...
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How does the revelation of Blessed Emmerich harmonize the teaching of the Catechism and Eastern Orthodox in Mary's Assumption?

Pope Pius XII proclamation on the Dogma of Mary's Assumption in 1950 (Munificentissimus Deus) was silent on how Mary's death description was. Eastern Orthodox believed in dormition. There are also ...
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Are there any Church traditions or legends that state what species of fish Tobias caught in the Book of Tobit?

Are there any Church traditions or legends that state what species of fish the young man Tobias caught in the Book of Tobit according to the Catholic, Orthodox or other local churches of the East? ...
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Where did the rule regarding abstaining from Communion after divorce originate?

I am told that in the Orthodox Church, when someone gets divorced, because it is the breaking of the covenant of marriage, they must go without taking Communion for a certain amount of time. After ...
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Do the Eastern Orthodox think the state of virginity is more meritorious than marriage?

Do the Eastern Orthodox think the state of virginity is superior and more meritorious to the state of marriage? If so, what modern Eastern Orthodox theologians support this view? cf. Is virginity ...
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What does Eastern-Orthodoxy teach about the Law and Gospel division?

In Lutheranism, there is the concept that the whole of Scripture is divided into Law and Gospel. The Law shows us our sins and how we ought to live. In essence, all that is required or that condemns ...
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The ramifications of the severing of ties between the Eucumenical Patriarchate and the Russian Church

This may be highly politically charged right now, however can anyone please explain what previously intercommuning churches will be directly impacted by the severing of ties between the Eucumenical ...
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Is a Saint Joseph the patron of men named Osip?

In the name day tradition children are named after a patron saint according to their birthdays. A boy born in Russia on or near the feast day of some Saint Joseph might thus be named Iosif. Osip is ...
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Meaning behind skull at the base of a cross?

I recently visited the Museum of Russian Icons on vacation and while there I came across many icons that portrayed the crucifix with a skull at the base of cross (example). What is the significance ...
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According to Eastern Orthodoxy, does Matthew 17:20 apply to all people?

In Matthew 17:20, Jesus said: "Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will ...
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What is the biblical basis for the Eastern Orthodox concept of Aerial toll houses?

I heard about the Eastern Orthodox 'Toll Booth' concept a few days ago. It goes something like this: After death you go through 20 toll booths manned by demons who ask specific questions about your ...
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On what bases do Eastern-Orthodox reject total depravity?

Why do Eastern-Orthodox reject the doctrine of total depravity? Considering evidence like, Matthew 7:11, Romans 3:10-20.
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Do the Catholics consider Orthodox Christians heretics?

The Orthodox Christians consider Catholics heretics. But what is the opposite case?
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Is Mary omniscient (by participation, not by nature)?

I'm mainly interested in an Orthodox or Catholic response. Although any protestant denomination which has a high Mariology is welcome to answer (eg Anglocatholics, high church Lutherans). If your ...
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Does Eastern Orthodoxy aprove the use of contraception?

This subject is clear when it comes to Catholicism who explicitly forbids contraception and encourage natural family planning. Then most protestants do not forbid the use of contraception. However ...
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Is Eastern Orthodox Christianity against doing yoga or meditation?

I've heard opposite opinions on this (for example, in an interview with Christine Mangala Frost) and I was wondering about it. So is Eastern Orthodox Christianity against doing yoga or meditation?
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Was there ever a “Martin Luther” or a reformation in the Eastern Orthodox Church?

The protestant reformation had a large impact on the Catholic Church, but even know much of the reformers concerns apply to the Eastern Orthodox Church as well, it seems that there never was a ...
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According to the Eastern Orthodox, what are the rules for acquiring / owning icons?

The Eastern Orthodox churches generally place great importance on icons. I remember reading that they say private owners should not buy icons (but can e.g. get them as a gift). I'd like to know what ...
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What does 'ages of ages' mean, specifically?

I run into this phrase a lot in the Orthodox church, particularly as part of the longer phrase 'and unto ages of ages'. I understand that, generally, this means 'for a long time'. However, what does ...
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Have sons of Orthodox priests often taken over their fathers' ministries?

Orthodox priests are in some circumstances allowed to be married and have children. Many sons of priests presumably become priests themselves. Have local priests often been succeeded in the job by ...
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Is there a different way (without spoon) to receive Holy Communion in the Orthodox Church?

Orthodox Churches (including Greek Catholics) distribute Holy Communion with a single spoon used without cleaning for the whole community. I find this practice unhygienic. Are there different ways ...
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How are the religious minorities spread over Syria?

When hearing about the civil war in Syria often religious (and ethnic) minorities are mentioned. There are for example different kinds of muslims, Yazidis, different kinds of Eastern Orthodox ...
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Who is permitted to write a canon or an akathist hymn to a Saint in the Eastern Orthodox Church, and how is it done?

I would imagine it would be a wonderful and prayerful experience to dive into the life of a Saint and compose a Church liturgical hymn for him/her. Who is permitted to engage in such activities? ...
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Which 20th-century Orthodox Christians said that the crusades were more oppressive than the Marxist anti-religious campaigns?

Everett Ferguson, in Church History, I, 23.I.D, discusses the brutality of the crusades in the early 13th century, when Constantinople was sacked. One point I found particularly interesting was a ...
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What is the Ontological Difference between the Catholic and the Orthodox View of God?

The Orthodox YouTuber Jay Dyer has peaked my interest by asserting that the Catholic view of God's essence as absolutely simple is heretical. And that the Catholic view of God's essence in relation to ...
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Do orthodox Christians fast on Monday to exceed the righteousness of the pharisees and scribes?

This question regards Matthew 5:20: "For I say to you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall in no case enter into the kingdom of ...
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Who is the most recent saint recognized by both the Catholic and the Orthodox churches?

Both the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches recognize certain individuals as saints—particularly holy individuals who are believed to be in Heaven. The most famous saints become popular ...
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What is this icon that Putin touches/kisses at monument of St.Vladimir?

The Russian Federation (along with some other Slavic nations), recently celebrated the 1,030th anniversary of the Christianization of the Rus', which included a liturgy at the monument to Vladimir the ...
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According to Eastern Orthodoxy why did we inherit the sin of Adam and Eve?

God is known as very just and he likes to have mercy on people. God doesn't want people to inherit sins of their parents. So why did we inherit this very sin? What is so special about the sin of Adam ...
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Why doesn't the Orthodox church consider Saint Augustine Doctor and Father?

Saint Augustine (Doctor Gratiae) is considered by Catholic and Anglican churches as: one of the most important Church Fathers in Western Christianity for his writings in the Patristic Era. (...
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According to Eastern Orthodoxy, is googling the serial numbers of a software and using cracks a sin?

I was raised in a little bit poor country where it's almost impossible for individuals to make online payments. No PayPal, Credit cards are for national use only and international use is very ...
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Why does the Eastern Orthodox church forbid blind men from becoming priests?

An Eastern Orthodox man told me that, because he was blind, canon law forbid him from serving as a priest. He was quite okay with this (and served his church in other capacities), but unfortunately ...
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Why does the Eastern Orthodox Church dislike the idea that the Spirit proceeds from the Son?

In studying the Orthodox doctrines I have noticed that there is controversy about the nature of the Spirit and that the word 'filioque' is tossed around. What I am wondering is, what is the ...
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Why is Origen considered a Church Father, but not a saint?

I've heard and read in "Worlds Made by Words: Scholarship and Community in the Modern West" (book by Anthony Grafton, page 222) that Origen was considered a Church Father but not a Saint by either the ...
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What are the main reasons of EOC for why the Protoevangelium of James was not to be included in the canon?

What are the main reasons of Eastern Orthodox Church for why the Protoevangelium of James was not to be included in the canon? I was looking for a resource stating those reasons, but couldn't find. ...
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How does the existence of the Tomb of the Blessed Virgin Mary fit with the Assumption of Mary?

One site that tourists can visit in Jerusalem is the Tomb of the Blessed Virgin Mary. But Catholics and Eastern Orthodox Christians believe in the Assumption of Mary (that she was taken body and soul ...
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Is there any clue/hint in the Bible that tells us *why/how* we won't sin on heaven?

Preferable denomination: Eastern Orthodox So I have this (strange) question about heaven. Please bear with me. When we die, we either go to hell or heaven. Let's assume (hopefully, God mercy us) ...
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What is the biblical basis for relics?

In Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy, relics are typically objects that were either parts of the bodies of saints (e.g. fragments of bone) or are associated with their lives (e.g. clothing). Many ...
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Do orthodox christians eat pork and are they circumcised?

Peace be with you. I want to know if Orthodox Christians eat pork, and are they circumcised? I am referring to the early church which is the Orthodox Christians because in the Bible it says Yeshua (...
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At what moment did humans become sinful?

At what moment did humans become sinful? Precisely, at what moment did humans acquire sinful passions? According to my knowledge of how the Eastern Orthodox Christians view the matter of sin, the sin ...