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Why are Orthodox Christians expected to go to confession if they don't distinguish between mortal and venial sins and they don't believe in Purgatory?

I assume that the average Orthodox Christian doesn't confess every minor sin right away, but is still able to receive the Eucharist with a clear conscience. On the other hand, they would want to go to ...
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Do Orthodox Christians have more freedom than Catholics to dissent from Church teachings on political and social issues?

I know that the Patriarch of Constantinople has no binding authority over individual bishops and there is no doctrine of infallibility, but what about the authority that bishops and priests have over ...
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How do Eastern Orthodox Christians view receiving personal inspiration by the Holy Spirit?

What is the doctrine in the Eastern Orthodox Church related to non-Eastern Orthodox Christians having personal spiritual experiences? Do Eastern Orthodox Christians believe people not of their faith ...
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How do other Christians view the Bible translation debate [closed]

I was just wondering how other groups such as Catholic or Orthodox view the Bible translation debate. I am Baptist and use the KJV, but was curious what Bible translation they use, or if they have a ...
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Is the idea of soul sleep for would-be saints Biblical?

The Bible shows that Mary is in Heaven as the Ark of the Covenant (Rev 11:19), while the martyrs are crying out to God for vengeance under the altar (Rev 6:9) and the prayers of the saints are being ...
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Why didn't Protestants unite with the Orthodox against Papal primacy after the Reformation?

Is there some doctrinal, historical or political reason that prevented this natural alliance from taking place? Are Protestants against the notion of the Pentarchy in general and not just against the ...
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Wedding between orthodox and atheist possible?

I was wondering in what conditions a believer could make a religious marriage with an atheist/agnostic in the Orthodox church. In some places I read that this is fully impossible, but some people told ...
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What is significance of the pallbearers' red-black-red armbands during Navalny's funeral?

During Alexei Navalny's (Russian Orthodox) funeral on March 1, 2024, multiple photos show the pallbearers wearing the same red-black-red armbands on the left arm, as seen in Photos: Crowds attend ...
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Did Simeon Stylites commit a mortal sin by missing mass?

Since being stuck up on a pillar intentionally entails missing mass, did this saint commit a mortal sin according to Catholics / Orthodox Christians?
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How different is the Orthodox Church and the Assyrian Church of the East?

It is clear that the Orthodox Church and the Assyrian Church of the East are much closer both theologically and geographically than the Catholic Church and the Assyrian Church of the East. But how ...
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Orthodoxy & Kenosis in Philippians 2:6-11

What is the Orthodox exegesis of Philippians 2:6-11, in particular, the phrase "He emptied Himself?"
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Jacobite girl and Catholic Boy (Syro-Malabar) marriage and inter-liturgy (Can we have Syro-Malankara mass in Syro-Malabar church)

I was thinking about the marriage between a Syro-Malabar boy and a Jacobite girl. I know there are norms and rules about marriage between people from both churches and it is allowed. But the girl has ...
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Do Latter-day Saints recognize Eastern Orthodox and Catholic Saints?

Contemplating the idea of saints existing outside the recognized boundaries of the Latter-day Saint church, Eastern Orthodox and Catholic Saints immediately came to mind. Notably, the Eastern Orthodox ...
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Do the canons of the Second Council of Constantinople anathematise those who believe that Mary and Joseph consummated their marriage?

Motivation I have difficulty, personally, believing in the perpetual virginity of Mary. I do not begrudge anyone else believing that doctrine; I cannot imagine that it affects a person's salvation ...
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Which denominations consider it commendable to pursue a profound mystical union with God?

If an individual earnestly hungers for deep spirituality, including a desire for attaining a profound degree of sanctification and consecration, but also for a profound, mystical, supernatural ...
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Is the bread really Jesus body - Transubstantiation? [closed]

I've heard a million complex arguments about this for both sides - but here is my take on it. There are only 3 possible things in this situation. The bread truly becomes Jesus' body. The bread does ...
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Mudras in Orthodox icons? [duplicate]

Why is it common in many Orthodox icons that Jesus Christ and the saints are represented making mudras? For example: Christ the Pantocrator icon by Jovan the Zograf
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St. Anselm in Eastern Orthodoxy

Is Anselm of Canterbury venerated by the Eastern Orthodox Church, or is he accepted as a saint only by the Western churches? Similarly, is his Satisfaction Theory of atonement accepted at large within ...
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How did the Catholic Church choose which Sacred Tradition is infallible?

How did the Catholic Church choose which Sacred Tradition is infallible when there are conflicting traditions, such as the Filioque controversy, especially considering that both the Catholic and ...
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Can There Be valid Apostolic Succession in multiple Churches?

Can there be valid Apostolic Succession in multiple churches, such as Orthodox, Anglican, Church of the East, and Coptic Church? If so, how do Catholic church reconcile this with it's belief in being ...
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What are distinctive features of Eastern Orthodox spirituality?

I'm seeking insights into the distinctive features of Eastern Orthodox spirituality. For those familiar with this tradition, could you provide information on specific aspects that characterize the ...
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Do Catholics Recognize Second Eastern Orthodox Marriages as Valid?

It is my understanding that the Eastern Orthodox can get married a second time after a separation when their first wife is still living. It is also my understanding that Catholics do not permit this ...
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Why does this Greek Orthodox monastery in Israel fly the English flag?

I was driving past the Monastery of the Cross in Jerusalem today and — well, I was driving, so I couldn't look too closely, but there appeared to be both a Greek and an English flag flying from it. A ...
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Will a Greek Orthodox priest in America marry a couple who haven't civilly registered the marriage?

A senior citizen couple I know were married in a Greek Orthodox church ceremony without ever obtaining a marriage license. The priest agreed to do this. Is this allowed by the Church? I know several ...
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What are the main philosophical differences as well as the main differences in general between Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy? [duplicate]

Again the titular question says everything that I want to ask. I’ve been able to understand to an extent the main differences between the Catholic and Protestant orientations and gather that Eastern ...
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Question about the letters in the Mandylion Icon

I am trying to determine what language the letters around Christ's head in the Mandylion Icon are written in and what they are equivalent to in English. I think in the Icon above, they are ancient ...
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Did any Early Church Fathers believe that Mary was without sin? [duplicate]

The immaculate nature of Mary is a doctrine, that holds that the Virgin Mary was free of original sin from the moment of her conception and that she lived a holy and sinless life, but did any of the ...
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Do any of the Church Fathers or any Orthodox theologian state that you should not call spiritual leaders “father” or “teacher?”

Did any of the Church Fathers or any other significant theologian in Eastern Orthodoxy state that we should not call spiritual leaders “father” or “teacher?”
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Did any of the Church Fathers interpret Matthew 1:25 as not speaking in a sexual sense?

Protestants often used Matthew 1:25 as proof text that Mary did not remain a perpetual virginity after her marriage to Joseph, but did any of the Early Church Fathers interpret or understand this ...
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What was the real cause of the split between the Greek Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church?

Was the split caused by political, doctrinal, different canons, linguistic differences, or other? And what was the name of the Church before the split, if there was any? Or were there many loosely ...
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What is the rationale for Greek Orthodox's erection of a wall between the congregates and the altar?

Other Christian religions (e.g. Lutheran, Catholic, Baptist, et al.) leave access to the altar open for their congregations. Is there a special theological reason the the different approach by the ...
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How does not the communion of the Saints invalidate the need for the bodily ressurection?

Since the saints are said to be in the grave, if someone has answered that their spirits are in communion with Christ and interceding, then there would be no importance of the resurrection of bodies. ...
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Did any of the Early Church Fathers use the Orthodox canon?

The Orthodox Church believed and affirm that there was not a set canon during the church, thus is why they have an unmodified canon. But the Orthodox church has a much more larger canon than both the ...
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What is the biblical basis for Mary being the ark of the new covenant?

Both Orthodox and Catholic Christians believe and affirm that the Blessed Virgin Mary is the ark of the new covenant, but is there a scriptural basis for this and if so where do we see this in the Old ...
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Why did Orthodox Christians alter the liturgy of St. John Chrysostom to pray for "Orthodox" Christians?

I'm a Catholic who also attends Eastern Orthodox services, mainly Greek. One of the most bizarre differences between Catholics and Orthodox is that the Orthodox service regularly reminds everyone ...
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On the Canonization of St. Poeman the Great and the Origin of His Epithet?

Often quoted in the "Sayings or the Desert Fathers," St. Poeman is venerated in the Roman Catholic Church, as well as some of the Eastern Orthodox churches. QUESTION: Was St. Poeman ever ...
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Is the authorship of the New Testament Sacred Tradition in the Catholic and Orthodox churches?

For example, is the tradition that the Gospel of Matthew was "written according to Matthew" considered an infallible Sacred Tradition in the Catholic or Orthodox churches?
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Orthodoxy: Does baptism grant dispensations from vows previously made as a protestant?

The title is pretty self explanatory. I have made some vows during psychotic episodes from when I was an emotionally charged and immature protestant many years ago. I was recently just now received ...
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Why do Christians care so much about what you believe?

Being irreligious I find some arguments in Christianity utterly ridiculous. Like the question of Jesus's nature (miaphysite vs monophysite vs etc.). Why do believers care so much about such ...
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Seeking full text of St. John Chrysostom's homily "On the Cemetery's Name and the Cross"

I became aware of a homily by St. John Chrysostom entitled "On the Cemetery's Name and the Cross" from a blog post by John Sanidopoulos. In the post, Sanidopoulos indicates that this sermon &...
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What is the earliest reference of the seven sacraments in the Orthodox Church?

In the Roman-Catholic Church, the earliest writings that explicitly mention the seven sacraments come from Peter Lombard’s “Setences”. I am curious what are the earliest reference in Eastern-Orthodoxy ...
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Did the early church bow down to and venerate images/statues? [duplicate]

Catholic and Orthodox Christians believe in the veneration of images and states and bow down to them in order to show them veneration, but did the Early Church Fathers believe in venerating images and ...
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Does Presbuteros mean priest? [duplicate]

According to Catholic and Orthodox apologists, priests in the New Testament are called "elders" and to defend this, they say that the Greek word Presbuteros means priests, but is this true?
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How are the definitions of Ecumenical Council divinely inspired?

Catholics, Orthodox, and other denominations hold that the definitions produced by accepted ecumenical councils are protected from error by the Holy Spirit. What is the manner of this inspiration? ...
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What arguments do Catholics and Orthodox Christians use against Matthew 1:25 disproving the perpetual virginity of Mary? [duplicate]

Both Catholics and Orthodox Christians believe that the blessed Virgin Mary remained a virgin not only until she had given birth to the Lord but for her entire life, but most Protestants use Matthew 1:...
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Did the Early Church Fathers believe in exorcisms?

Both Roman Catholics and Orthodox Christians believe in exorcism (ie the religious or spiritual practice of evicting demons, jinns, or other malevolent spiritual entities from a person), but did the ...
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Did the early church condemn getting tattoos?

Getting a tattoo is very clearly condemned in the bible (Leviticus 19:28) but did the Early Church Fathers condemn getting tattoos?
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Did the Early Church Fathers believe in praying for the dead?

Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christians believe that praying for the dead is not only deeply rooted in the scriptures but also the apostolic church (ie the church fathers), but did any of the Early ...
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From a Roman Catholic or Orthodox perspective, what is the biblical basis for the priesthood?

Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christians believe in a priesthood, i.e. office of the ministers of religion, who have been commissioned ordained with the Holy orders of the Orthodox or Catholic church; ...
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In what language were the four Gospels and Paul's writings originally written?

I'm an Orthodox Christian and the tradition we believe says that Matthew and John (the Gospel writers) are the same as Matthew and John (two of the original 12 apostles). I know that scholars say that ...
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