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Doctrine and Theology

This topic area is for discussions on Orthodox doctrine, theology and dogmatic issues. Please note that if you wish to discuss the thought of a specific father or text, you should use the In Depth area rather than this one.


Creation, the Cosmos and Human Nature

The nature of the cosmos and its creation, the formation of the human person and its relation to the cosmos and God.

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Is this icon canonical? - last post by Olga

Sin, Evil, the Devil and Repentance

Discussions on sin and the nature of sin, 'original sin', the nature of evil, the devil and the demons, and matters of repentance.

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Why did God create Satan? - last post by Lakis Papas

The Nature of God

God as Trinity, God's relation to creation, and all discussion on the divine being.

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Divine Simplicity: East and... - last post by Rdr Andreas

Christology Discussion Area

The personhood of Christ, divine and human natures, Christ's sufferings, the incarnation and other Christological discussions.

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Christ’s death on the Cross - last post by Matthew Panchisin

Economy, History and Salvation

The course of history and the unfolding of salvation; discussions on the nature of salvation.

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Offering to the Father - last post by Kosta

Eschaton and the Afterlife

The end of time and the life after death, prayers for the dead, future judgement, the heavenly kingdom, and other related matters.

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There is no Final Judgement... - last post by Ben Johnson

Sacraments and Mysteries

Baptism, the Eucharist and the sacramental life of the Church.

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Reception into the Old Cove... - last post by Algernon

Tradition, Scripture, Intellect and Experience

The tradition of the Church and her scriptures; the relationship of mind and reasoning to faith and experience, and related discussions.

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Are the Orthodox opposed to... - last post by Panayotis

Mother of God and the Saints

All discussions about the personhood of the Mother of God, of the saints, and of issues of the veneration of the same.

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John forerunner was aware o... - last post by Lakis Papas

Other Doctrinal Topics

For all doctrinal and theological discussions that do not fit into one of the above categories.

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What is faith? - last post by Ken McRae