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A Web Magazine of Arts, Culture and Orthodox Christian Spirituality

  • Archimandrite Nicodemus (Bogosavljevic): About the End Times

    O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times? (Mt 16:3). In the last hundred years or so, many articles, discussions and books on the topic of the last apocalyptic/eschatological events have been written in the Orthodox Church. Warnings about...
  • God Does Not Punish Anyone?

    In his latest Youtube address, Father George Maximov, a prominent missionary of the Russian Orthodox Church, gives an answer to those who argue that God never punishes sinners, and that no one should talk about it, because it is not true. Father George first cites the passages from the Holy...
  • Three Female Questions to the Church

    Answers by the Church to a few questions related to women: Did God create woman inferior to man, does He condemn the feminist movement, and is childlessness a punishment for woman's sins. They say that Christianity teaches that God originally created woman inferior to man. Is that true? In fac...
  • The Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple

    Today, on December 4th, the Orthodox Churches that have not adopted Gregorian calendar, celebrate one of the greatest feasts dedicated to our devoted intercessor in the Kingdom of Heaven, The Entry of the Mother of God Into the Temple. With the doctrine of the immaculate conception, the Catholics...
  • Elizabeth Fiodorovna: Life as a "Road Full of Light"

    "... My dear children, thank God, you have received communion: as one soul, you all stood before the Saviour. I believe that the Saviour was on this Earth with you all, and during the Last Judgment this prayer will again be before God, like your mercy toward each other and toward me. Oh, how you are...
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Voltaire and the Battle for Religious Tolerance
François-Marie Arouet (1694-1778), better known by his nom de plume Voltare, was one of the intellectual driving forces that lead to the French Revolution (1789-1799). A writer, historian and philosopher of the French Enlightenment, he is famous for his attacks on the established Catholic Church and...
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