The Nakedness of Noah

The Nakedness of Noah

In Genesis 9:20-23, we are given a narrative that could be considered by some to be scandalous. It tells of one of the most important patriarchs of the Old Testament getting drunk and having his son Ham “look upon his nakedness.” The question is, what exactly does this mean, and what sin did Ham commit? …

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The Shortcomings of Contemporary Orthodox Apologetics

The Shortcomings of Contemporary Orthodox Apologetics

I would say I am someone who is rather engaged in the online world of Orthodox conversation, so for someone like me, it does not take very long to notice particular patterns with Orthodox conversation (if one could call what I often see, “conversation”) in the realm of contemporary Orthodox apologetics with the non-Orthodox. Even …

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On Icons and their Veneration

On Icons and their Veneration

Images of God What are we to do with this notion that depictions of Christ are inherently wrong? I have encountered a few Christians who reject iconography specifically on the basis of the second commandment in the Old Testament. I found this peculiar, because they did not believe that God was inherently against particular forms …

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Against Sola Scriptura

Against Sola Scriptura

Sola scriptura has been a staple for Protestant ecclesiology ever since the Reformation. In modern times, it is typically utilized as a convenient polemic to argue against any tradition that is not Protestant. This paper will analyze the doctrine from various angles, and provide reasons for why it is ultimately redundant, misleading, ahistorical, and entirely …

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Why Do You Keep Saying “Lord Have Mercy?”

Why Do You Keep Saying “Lord Have Mercy?”

One of the most common questions asked of Orthodox Christians is, “Why the repetition of ‘Lord have mercy?’ Isn’t that vain repetition? Don’t you trust in the mercy of God?” This question comes from a range of people, from the uneducated to even the scholar. I will seek to answer these questions by clarifying what …

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Dwarves, Goblins, and Jeff Maples

Dwarves, Goblins, and Jeff Maples

In “The Last Battle” by C.S. Lewis, Aslan in his great love put a feast in front of the dwarves, but they could not perceive it, let alone enjoy it, for the wickedness of their hearts darkened their eyes. In “The Princess and the Goblin” by George MacDonald, the stubborn and thick-headed goblins, made delusional …

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The Hotel: Why I Enjoyed My Stay

The Hotel: Why I Enjoyed My Stay

Preface If I could provide a summarizing framework for all the various forms of Protestantism, it would consist of a two-category continuum: the exegetical traditions (having an emphasis on doctrine) and the experiential traditions (having an emphasis on experience). However, this gets complicated when you filter in the categorical dichotomy between sacramental and non-sacramental traditions. …

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