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    Patristic Resources for Studying the Old Testament?

    Hello everyone, I've been wanting to devote more attention to the Old Testament and was curious if anyone can recommend any good, viable patristic resources that could help. I am no stranger to reading the Fathers, so I was curious if there are any good, in depth patristic commentaries...
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    My Mother Might have Breast Cancer

    I don’t really post much on here anymore, but they found a lump inside of one of my mother’s breasts and are performing a biopsy. We will not know until Tuesday at the earliest whether or not it is cancerous. Please pray for my mother. This might not be the appropriate forum for this, but I...
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    Why are the Oriental Orthodox so Hypocritical about Nationalism?

    Every member of the Oriental Orthodox Church is some sort of Black nationalist or white guy infatuated with Rasta culture who will insist until they are blue in the face that there are no theological differences between them and the Eastern Orthodox, yet they still feel the need to worship at...
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    Does the Church Have Any Regard for the OT at All?

    I do not mean this to troll, but out of genuine curiosity. It seems like the Church is for the most part Marcionist since the Old Testament seems to be relegated to the prophecies and Psalms alone, with everything else being viewed as non-authoritative or neutral at best. I know the Church has...
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    How to Compose an Akathist?

    Hello everyone, I have a bit of a serious question. What exactly is the process of composing an Akathist and what are the technical standards? The reason I ask is because I really want to compose an Akathist to St. Augustine of Hippo. It would be based off of Confessions and make a lot of...
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    Moving Again

    As it has been throughout my entire life, the moment I finally gain some sense of stability is the moment that the rug is pulled right out from under me and that stability is lost yet again. In other words, I've discovered that my family and I will be moving yet again within 6 weeks. I am taking...
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    Anybody Here Have Any Experience With the National Guard?

    Just curious. I've mentioned a few times before that I would like to join the Navy after college, but I've also been thinking about joining the California National Guard right now to sort of get a small taste of military life to see if it is really what I want when I graduate. That and it seems...
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    My Friend's Dad Died Last Night

    Around 10 or 11PM last night my friend's dad died. She was extremely close to her dad and is very sad. And she is only my age, so losing a parent that young must really be difficult. Please keep her and the soul of her departed dad in your prayers. I actually knew her dad since 8th grade. He...
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    Is God a Utilitarian?

    If utilitarianism is the philosophy of the greatest good for the greatest number and thus by implication the idea that the ends justify the means, then in light of the problem of evil, wouldn't that make God the greatest utilitarian of them all? He intentionally chooses not to intervene in...
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    The "Appeal" of Universalism?

    It has come to my attention that for many liberal Christians, particularly converts to the Orthodox faith, that the notion of universalism is viewed sympathetically as many people see some sort of appeal in it. My question is this: what exactly is the appeal? I have trouble seeing how anyone in...
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    God the Mother/Female Image of God Cult

    This thread started here: http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php/topic,66157.0.html  -PtA On a somewhat related note, who the heck are these "God the Mother/Female Image of God" fellows that keep harassing kids on college campuses? We don't have many Jehovah Witnesses in my neck...
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    For the Start of the Semester

    This Monday I start college again for the Fall. I have 2 classes on Monday and 2 on Wednesday with 1 online course. Prayers that I make it through the semester would be nice, and that my nerves would be calmed. I always get very nervous in the days leading up to the start of the semester, to the...
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    The Trinity

    This is sort of inspired by the Resurrection thread, but one question I've always had is this: can one be a Christian without believing in the Trinity? NOTE: Notice I never said "deny." I mean to simply just not believe in it. I know that the Trinity is essential to Christianity, an integral...
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    For my Grandfather

    As if the recent death of my uncle was not enough, something that has hit me harder than I anticipated since I am now officially the only Orthodox person in my family, I found out today that my maternal grandfather is on his deathbed. To be honest I hardly know him since he abandoned my mom and...
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    Is it Possible Our Lord Had Aspergers Syndrome?

    I know right off the bat that most of you will interpret this as blasphemy or some type of insult. However, it isn't meant as such. It's just an honest inquiry into what I perceive as some "peculiarities" about our Lord's personality which I think could potentially fit the Aspergers Syndrome...
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