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    Omega Point

    What do Orthodox (or Catholics) here think of the Catholic teaching* of the Omega Point? The Omega Point is the purported maximum level of complexity and consciousness towards which some believe the universe is evolving. The term coined by the French Jesuit Pierre Teilhard de Chardin...
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    Sees of Peter

    Alexandria is known as a See of Peter (Pope Gregory called it this in Epistles of Saint Gregory the Great, Book VII, Epistle XL. To Eulogius, Bishop) I'm confused by this. Mark is said to be the first bishop. Why isn't it a See of Mark? Also, are there any Sees of Paul? If Peter and Paul are...
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    The Son subject to the Father

    Verses such as 1 Corinthians 15:28 suggest that Jesus is subject to the Father whilst John 14:28 suggests that the Father sends the Son Is the Son subject to the Father?
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    This is not an attack on evolution

    I'm not sure if I can raise this topic here. I asked a few evolutionist friends of mine how the Australopithecine creature could have survived. To me it seems it has no adaption that made it suitable to survive. It was a mid-sized creature that was not fast, strong, nor particularly...
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    Attacks on faith

    I have a few Facebook friends. Some are atheists. One is starting to annoy/depress me by his posting of a great many anti-religious 'arguments'. I am unsure whether to unfriend him. One such argument (in a picture) can be found here...
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    Pagan/non-Christian elements allowed into Catholic Mass

    What do Orthodox (and Catholics) think about the Catholic Mass allowing pagan/non-Christian elements into it? Here in Australia the Catholic church has allowed Aboriginal 'smoking ceremonies' into the mass. These 'smoking ceremonies' involve a cleansing smoke that chases out bad spirits. Do...
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    Does Theodore Abu-Qurrah support the papacy?

    Recently I've discovered some Catholic sources using this 'eastern' writer Theodore Abu-Qurrah (also written Abu Quarra) In particular... "As for us, through the grace of the Holy Spirit, our sole goal is to build ourselves on the foundation of St. Peter, he who directed the six holy councils...
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    Who is Giles?

    A number of Catholic apologists cite a fella called Giles One apologist going by the name PhilVaz refers to him as an Anglican historian. "Anglican historian Edward Giles (London: SPCK, 1952)" http://www.philvaz.com/apologetics/num44.htm Edward Giles, Documents Illustrating Papal Authority AD...
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    Key Keys

    I've been looking at Catholic claims that the single key mentioned in Isaiah 22:22 relates to the keys (plural) given to Peter in Matthew 16:18 For instance this site claims this: http://www.philvaz.com/apologetics/PeterRockKeysPrimacyRome.htm#BIBLE3 However I was wondering who was the...
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    Please help, with a source

    I am seeking independent verification of information contained in an Orthodox encyclical The encyclical in question is "Encyclical of the Eastern Patriarchs, 1848 A Reply to the Epistle of Pope Pius IX, "to the Easterns"" In it they say... "...witnessed by the great Basil (Ep. 48 Athan.) to...
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    What it means to be Catholic

    Ignatius of Antioch used the term to mean 'complete'. Each church, headed by a bishop (and under Jesus) was 'Catholic' The Epistle of Ignatius to the Smyrnaeans "Chapter VIII.-Let Nothing Be Done Without the Bishop. See that ye all follow the bishop, even as Jesus Christ does the Father, and...
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    Ecumenical Councils: Debate on Possible RC Historical Revisionism...

    Split from:  http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php/topic,12957.msg This thread is to focus on any historical errors, whether intentional or unintentional, about what occurred at the Ecumenical Councils.  The basis of this thread is the information provided in the link within the...
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    Resources on the Filioque

    Has anyone got some good book recommendations for Orthodox apologetics on the filioque issue? I've already got St. Photius' Mystagogy.
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    Orthodox Icons of St. John

    Hey everyone! I'm looking to see if there's any icon depiction of any of the 12 Apostles (other than Peter) holding the 'keys' Is anyone aware of any?
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    Allah Takes Over Catholic Church

    "Allah Takes Over Catholic Church" The Belgian Bishops have opened their churches to illegal immigrants in order to pressurize the Belgian authorities to allow the immigrants to stay in the country. Most of the immigrant squatters in the churches are Muslims. They display banners in the church...
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    Others no more about icons than myself. Ozgeorge has shown that some depict the Father (http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php?topic=8894.450). Yet all the evidences I am aware of say that this is not right. John 1:18 No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at...
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    FYI - Ask an "X"

    There's a list here of people "ex" something, or another that can answer questions as to why they left their former faiths and came to our church. You might want to fwd it to a friend you know, or ask them something yourself http://www.antiochian.org/missions/investigating_orthodoxy.htm
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    An argument for God

    "My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. But how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust? If the whole show was bad and...
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    Chiune Sugihara

    I'd like to advertise one man, Chiune Sugihara. A Japanese diplomate, and convert to Orthodoxy, he saved more Jews in WWII than the more famous Schindler. Has anyone here heard of him. I think heaps of people might be interested to learn of this remarkable man.
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    Learning about Islam

    At last! Some intelligent views on Islam are now voiced here in Australia… Pell challenges Islam - o ye, of little tolerant faith By Linda Morris, Religious Affairs Reporter May 5, 2006 AdvertisementAdvertisement AUSTRALIA'S most influential Catholic has said the...