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  1. Seraphim Reeves

    Is this HERESY?

    Peter, I think we're talking past each other. You say the excerpt you quoted says the MP is not "without grace." But where exactly do you see the "MP" spoken of in this way? Let me repeat the most relevent part of your excerpt, with emphasis... Where is the heirarchy of the MP legitimized...
  2. Seraphim Reeves

    Fall from Grace?

    Rho, I do not know how you get this out of what I wrote. God knows who will be saved, and who unfortunately will not. The problem is you're reading into the word "foreknow" - all it means is that He knew ahead of time. Once again, you're reading into the word "foreknow" - that is the root...
  3. Seraphim Reeves

    Interesting Article on Current Dating Trends

    Post Script: Psychopath/Sociopath There is a real sense in which all of us are "mentally ill", at least that this is the default position which being mortal, fallen creatures from birth desposes us to. The great anthropologists/psychotherapists of the Orthodox tradition (the ascetic fathers in...
  4. Seraphim Reeves

    Interesting Article on Current Dating Trends

    I'd like to think the article is hyperbole, but it reflects my own experiences with young people, both when I was at the tail end of secondary school (which was a while ago, actually...maybe the atmosphere is more permissive here?), but more concretely through younger friends of mine or young...
  5. Seraphim Reeves

    Is this HERESY?

    Serge, Putting aside for a moment arguments over just what ROCOR "officially" thought of the Sergianist heirarchs and clergy for the time being (since this quickly degenerates into an unresolved argument based upon personalities and subjective readings of their words and acts), I'm asking you...
  6. Seraphim Reeves

    Is this HERESY?

    Schultz, I can understand this being your impression, but I have to say it's an impression based upon the inherently polemical nature of contacts between genuine Orthodox and "canonical Orthodox" folks (particularly on the Internet.) However, it's not representative of the experience of many...
  7. Seraphim Reeves

    The status of ROAC, etc., according to the Orthodox

    Keble, Ecumenism as a heresy, obviously, has always been incorrect. Quite true - the ancient canons make such obviously clear (calling for the deposition of heirarchs who confound the Baptism of the Church with the "baptism" of heretics.) As for old "ROCOR Ecumenism", I've yet to see this...
  8. Seraphim Reeves

    Is this HERESY?

    Schultz, This is an extremely one sided understanding of the Church's encounters with both paganism and the heterodox. On one hand, yes St.Paul pointed to what was true and good in the life and ideas of the pagans - on the other hand he taught they worshipped demons, that they were typically...
  9. Seraphim Reeves

    Is this HERESY?

    Serge, Does it? Somehow I was unable to find fault with your excerpt from Metropolitan Philaret of Moscow. In context, it was correct. But then again, I'm not trying to read un-Orthodox ideas into his words. Attempts to actually bring about a corporate integration of a...
  10. Seraphim Reeves

    Interesting Article on Current Dating Trends

    A generation of psychopaths in the making. Really. Seraphim
  11. Seraphim Reeves

    Is this HERESY?

    Tom, I wouldn't hold your breath waiting for a response. The best you will get, is someone pointing to some supposed precedent for these activities in times past (such as St.Tikhon's gestures toward the High Church Anglicans in America just prior to the revolution, or things like this.) Of...
  12. Seraphim Reeves

    Ecumenism and the Ecclesiology of Saint Cyprian of Carthage

    Shiloah, I will not pretend to know who God saves. Given that there are those who are considered martyrs by the Church who died as catechumen, who had received "grace before grace", it is something which can only be met with silence. What is not debatable, however, is that the grace of the...
  13. Seraphim Reeves

    Ecumenism and the Ecclesiology of Saint Cyprian of Carthage

    Augustine of Hippo, et all Using Augustine of Hippo as an authority when he disagrees with the consensus of the Fathers is a dangerous practice, particularly since there is alot in his teachings which contradicts the patristic consensus - keeping in mind he also supported filioque-ism, an error...
  14. Seraphim Reeves

    Ecumenism and the Ecclesiology of Saint Cyprian of Carthage

    Ben, I think ROAC (and the Old Calendarists, and apparently still ROCOR as well) has an issue not with the reality of receiving people by economy, but with the following... - receiving persons by "economy" who have not been baptized in a fashion that remotely resembles an Orthodox Baptism...
  15. Seraphim Reeves

    Is this HERESY?

    I would be very interested in any information which shows that the ROAC's Kiss of Judas webpage is substantially incorrect in what it reports, or is really leaving out something that should change one's opinion on the subject of ecumenism (that it is a heresy) and that as a heresy, it has deeply...
  16. Seraphim Reeves

    Roman Catholic Church continues to bring humiliation to Itself

    Serge, I know Lev Puhalo (the "Archbishop" of New Ostrog) has expressed the view that St.John was a "homosexual" (and apparently he's also of the opinion that St.John is not a real saint), but what besides this would be evidence of this? Seraphim
  17. Seraphim Reeves

    Roman Catholic Church continues to bring humiliation to Itself

    Linus, I've thought of this as well. While corruption and decadence seem to be faciliated by the "RC system" and is a long term problem, there does seem to be a real "downward spiral" that Catholicism has taken in the last fifty years or so. I think it's fair to say that there are people...
  18. Seraphim Reeves

    Christians look to form 'new nation' within U.S.

    Ahem, I thought Orthodoxy in principle was most congenial to the rule of sacral monarchs..."King of kings" after all...ahem. Seraphim - A non-seditious, Canadian citizen. :)
  19. Seraphim Reeves

    The status of ROAC, etc., according to the Orthodox

    Serge, Obviously comparing and contrasting the situations of either the ROAC or the Old Believers will go nowhere, before more basic issues are discussed - which is what I have been trying to do, however miserably. Well, in a small way you do, given you are a member of the clergy in ROCOR...
  20. Seraphim Reeves

    Theistic Evolution?

    From St.Basil's Nine Homilies of Hexaemeron: "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."(1) I stop struck with admiration at this thought. What shall I first say? Where shall I begin my story? Shall I show forth the vanity of the Gentiles? Shall I exalt the truth of our faith? The...
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