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    Doesn't Paul's use of patron-client language refute sola fide?

    If we follow St John Chrysostom then the terminology of justification by faith alone is perfectly acceptable:
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    The Attributes of Allah and the Trinity

    I read somewhere that some Shia have said that the as both Ali and Muhammad are from one light that they are one person. Elsewhere, that Muhammad comes from God's Light, and his Light is uncreated. It seems like we are on the same page, the difference being where we draw the distinction of the...
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    Does Sola Scriptura actually exist?

    "You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. "But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life. (John 5:39-40 NKJV) That 'life' is not some emotional spiritual feeling, but the vision of the uncreated divine Glory...
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    Can Palamism and Thomism be reconciled?

    From what I can tell, St Gregory Palamas specifically wrote against the scholastic approach of Thomas Aquinas (learnt via certain Greeks), deeming it heresy. This council was a fudge to get military help for the Greeks from the West. The Roman/Byzantine emperor could easily have chosen to...
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    I feel bad that the Protestants don't have the Theotokos.

    When i first started to attend an Orthodox church, I fell in love, 'heaven on earth'. The second time I attended i thought 'this is boriing, what am i doing here'. But I kept attending. However, my Evangelical background of course told me everything was idolatrous! But after a few months I...
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    Where was Jesus before his ascension?

    Just a little academic question: where was Jesus before his ascension? Eg. he disappeared (Luk 24:31) - but where did he go to? Was he still on earth at another place? Or in some astral place? Where was his home? Where was he when he wasn't appearing to the disciples, e.g. at night? What do the...