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« on: October 31, 2003, 01:03:03 AM »

I really do not know what I am talking about Huh, but could anyone post some good links telling about the basics of non-chalcedonian churches, and the way they work. just general tradition, and who is involved or any useful information, as I would enjoy learning about oriental orthodoxy.
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« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2003, 01:49:30 PM »

Dear Demetrios,

A few good sites that come immediately to mind:

http://www.coptic.net/CopticWeb/
http://sor.cua.edu
http://www.armenianchurch.org
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« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2003, 01:50:11 PM »

Also, please see the OC.Net Portal for a few more links.  And if there is anything more specific you would like, please do not hesitate to ask.
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« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2003, 03:17:21 PM »

thank you very much. this should help me get a good start on studdying oriental orthodoxy.
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« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2003, 03:50:51 AM »

So, Mor Ephrem...when are you joining ROAC?

(Just had to touch the match to the gasoline...)  Grin
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« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2003, 11:02:37 AM »

Since ROAC was brought up is there anything like the uber true genuine Coptic/Ethopian/Syrian/Indian church...sort of like an OO version of ROAC?
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« Reply #6 on: November 01, 2003, 01:20:08 PM »

Nektarios,

The Copts, Ethiopians, and Eritreans are all Old Calendar and "no ecumenism" nonsense, so there are no "true counterparts."

The Syriac Church is down to 125 k members, so it is struggling to survive.

The Indians are in a mess right now but that's over jurisdiction--they aren't battling over the "true version" of the Church.

The Armenians are almost all liberal (I say that half-jokingly as I have several Armenian friends) and they all switched to New Calendar and are super ecumenistic anyway.

Interesting group, the Oriental Orthodox.

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« Reply #7 on: November 01, 2003, 02:19:59 PM »

Me?!? What did I do to deserve that Vicki!


Anastasie, Thanks for the info.  I guess if you have been living for hundreds of years in Islamic territory you already have enough to do with your time than start more true churches...

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« Reply #8 on: November 02, 2003, 07:47:38 PM »

Musical tradition is essential to study of this subject.  

I have two relevant Coptic links:

http://www.tasbeha.org/
http://www.saintmina-holmdel.org/Multimedia/

While it does not belong to the O.O. family, I have a link for the Assyrian Qud'das, which features one of the oldest anaphoras of Christianity.  This is as Islamic and Semitic-sounding as you can get from a Christian tradition.

http://www.cired.org/pdf/raza.html

Look for the liturgical text here:
http://www.cired.org/liturgy/apostles.html

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« Reply #9 on: February 20, 2004, 05:21:48 AM »

Hello one and all. I am new to this list, and am very interested in Oriental Orthodoxy. I have been researching online for the last couple of months or so, with a particular focus on the Coptic Orthodox Church. There is no established Oriental Orthodox Church in my area (I live in Myrtle Beach,SC), but I recently had the pleasure of attending a Coptic service I found out about online. There is a Coptic service held once a month on the second Saturday at the local Greek Orthodox Church in our area. A Priest comes from a Church out of town to officiate. I was both humbled and awed by the service, and came away thirsty for more. The Priest, Father Misaeil from St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church in Raleigh NC was very helpful and friendly, and talked to me at length after the Liturgy. Indeed, everyone made me feel comfortable and at home both before and after the service. The liturgy was given in roughly equal parts Arabic, Coptic and English, and a nice Egyptian gentleman helped me follow the service so I would not be totally lost! I am planning to go to the service next month. As I stated above, there is no priest in residence here, and the community is quite small (but growing), and I am just getting to know them. Furthermore, my schedule ( I work 3rd or graveyard shift), makes things problematic as well. So I was wondering if anyone could point me to some good basic books on Oriental Orthodoxy in general, and The Coptic Church in particular as well as how I might obtain such books by either e-mail or snail mail. I ask this as a sincere seeker with an eye towards possible conversion. I have already found one book, "Christianity in the Land of the Pharohs: The Coptic Orthodox Church" by Jill Kamil. I believe that she married a Coptic Christian and then she converted. Any opinions about this book? How about others? Any helpful advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks and may God bless us all. Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: February 20, 2004, 06:56:03 AM »

Hi hbmincey

I'd recommend having a look at the forum www.coptichymns.net, it provides a good experience of serious and devout Coptic christians of various ages. I'm on it.

Also there is www.orthodoxbookstore.org where a variety of Coptic books, videos, CD's etc etc are available.

A search at Amazon on Coptic Church also throws up lots of good materials.

The Coptic Orthodox daily prayers are at www.agpeya.org.

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« Reply #11 on: February 20, 2004, 07:32:21 AM »

Hi Peter,

Thanks for the info, I'll definately follow. If you don't mind me asking, do you have any books you would personally recommend? Also, feel free to call me Ben. Smiley


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« Reply #12 on: February 20, 2004, 09:05:34 AM »

Anyone interested in the Non-Chalcedonians should also check out the articles at http://www.orthodoxinfo.com/ecumenism/ea_mono.htm

and the Catholic Encyclopedia articles at http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/05633a.htm and http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/03555a.htm .

There are further links provided in those articles that are worth looking into.
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« Reply #13 on: February 20, 2004, 09:48:51 AM »

Anyone interested in the Non-Chalcedonians should give the lies, deception and untruths published at  orthodoxinfo.com a wide berth. It is doing Satan's work.

Likewise I fail to see how someone with a PhD would consider the best source of evidence about what someone believes to be writings by a completely different group of people. If I was asked for pointers to EoO teachings why would I direct people to a Baptist website for instance.

I would respectfully ask you to butt out of this thread Linus if you are going to continue trying to send people to sites whose material is not at all what the OO and especially the Coptic Orthodox, believe.
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« Reply #14 on: February 20, 2004, 11:02:08 AM »

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Anyone interested in the Non-Chalcedonians should give the lies, deception and untruths published at  orthodoxinfo.com a wide berth. It is doing Satan's work.

You should beware of attributing to Satan the work of the Holy Spirit in Christ's Church.

I made no such disparaging comments about the links you posted. I simply posted links without controversial comment.

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peterfarrington: Likewise I fail to see how someone with a PhD would consider the best source of evidence about what someone believes to be writings by a completely different group of people. If I was asked for pointers to EoO teachings why would I direct people to a Baptist website for instance.

As you well know, the Baptists did not secede from the Holy Orthodox Church in the 5th century as did the Non-Chalcedonians.

The EO perspective on the Non-Chalcedonians is entirely relevant, and those Catholic Encyclopedia articles are very balanced and informative.

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Excuse me, but I did not realize this was an exclusively Non-Chalcedonian web site.

In fact, it was my impression that it is primarily an Eastern Orthodox web site with a particular forum dedicated to the discussion of Non-Chalcedonian issues.

Again, I posted my links without any controversial commentary and - it is well worth noting - without accusing any Non-Chalcedonians of "doing Satan's work."
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« Reply #15 on: February 20, 2004, 12:02:52 PM »

This forum is for Non-Chalcedonian discussion, it is not for the subversion of folk who show an interest in Oriental Orthodoxy by suggesting sites which are filled with material that is untrue and full of error.

No-one should be silent if materials are erroneous, why should I be quiet just out of politeness.

The materials at orthodoxinfo are doing Satan's work if they propagate lies, and they do.
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« Reply #16 on: February 20, 2004, 12:07:07 PM »

As you well know, the Baptists did not secede from the Holy Orthodox Church in the 5th century as did the Non-Chalcedonians.

Let me flip this for you so your seemingly feeble mind can grasp what Peter is trying to say.  Would you go to an OO site and post articles from them re: the beliefs of the EO church?  Because that's exactly what you're doing here, especially posting articles from a site that would probably think you aren't Orthodox either.  But we don't know that because you won't tell us what communion you belong to.
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« Reply #17 on: February 20, 2004, 02:09:22 PM »

Linus,

This site is an Orthodox site. It's not "primarily Eastern Orthodox" or "primarily Oriental Orthodox".  Its membership is primarily Eastern Orthodox, however.

The stated policy of this site has always been that Eastern and Oriental Orthodox may disagree with one another politely on this board, but may not call each other heretical.  What is allowed are scholarly critques.

In one post above you mention "the EO position" in reference to some articles hosted on orthodoxinfo.com.  I would submit that the "EO position" on this is not unified, but that more EO subscribe to the statements of the joint OO-EO dialogue than those who do not.  Do you read these statements?  Are you aware of the proceedings?

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« Reply #18 on: February 20, 2004, 02:10:01 PM »

Schultz,

Please do not ad hominem Linus.  While we may disagree with his POV, it is not right to call him feeble-minded.

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« Reply #19 on: February 20, 2004, 02:50:27 PM »

Thinking about this, what sticks in my throat is not the Linus has a difference of opinion, he is entitled to that, but he is insisting that he knows what I believe better than I do.

We are not having a disagreement about which colour is nicer we are having a disagreement about who knows best what I believe. In the end whatever arguments he throws together are nothing more than a clanging gong in the face of the obvious, to everyone else, truth that I and Stavros and Raouf and etc know best what we believe, and it is nothing like the material presented at the so-called Orthodox-Info site or in the case of the articles relating to my Church on NewAdvent.

I do not see how it is academically rigourous to assume, no, insist, that primary sources (me!) have lesser value than an unsympathetic secondary source which the primary sources insist does not understand what it is criticising.

Sheeesh. It would be like me saying that I knew better what Linus thought than Linus and that when Linus posts he doesn't actually represent his own thoughts because I know best what he is thinking. I don't. And a non-OO doesn't know better than an OO what the OO believe.
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« Reply #20 on: February 20, 2004, 04:15:48 PM »

Amen and Amen!  Well said indeed!
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« Reply #21 on: February 20, 2004, 04:19:17 PM »

Well I'm driving up to Scotland in a few hours for a weeks holiday with my wife's family. My father in law has a wireless network so I'll take my wireless card and my notebook and be on line from time to time.

I'd value prayers for the journey, and for rest and refreshment, and well behaved kids.

I've just taken delivery of the three volume translation of Facundus of Hermione's "Defense of the Three Chapters". He was a leading Chalcedonian bishop from North Africa and led the opposition to any movement on Vigilius' part to condemn the Three Chapters. It's in French so it will take a while, but I'm very interested in the contemporary Chalcedonian support for the Three Chapters, since I know the documents of Constantinople II quite well.

I fully accept that this position was considered heretical after 553 AD, yet it was and is an issue when considering the history of that period since for 100 years these Chalcedonian supporters of the Three Chapters had gone unchallenged by any council in the East or West and represented an entirely acceptable position.

Anyhow, it should be an interesting read. There is a scholarly introduction as well by the Roman Catholic translator.

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« Reply #22 on: February 20, 2004, 04:25:31 PM »

May God keep you and your family safe and the kids calm and comfortable on your journey, my friend.  Peace.
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« Reply #23 on: February 20, 2004, 05:04:32 PM »

Whew!!! I did not mean to start a conflagration!!! I just got back online and I took note of where this thread has gone. Allow me to say that  I have read some material about EO (books by Bishop Ware in particular), as well as having attended EO services and spoken with EO priests. While I am BY NO MEANS an expert or scholar, I have a fair (though basic!!!) grasp of EO.
I can in fact tell you that my studies in EO have been one of the major factors in me finding the OO Church. I speak only for myself when I say that Oriental Orthodoxy is a choice I have made based simply when all is said and done, on what feels right for me.  I mean no disrespect to anyone when I say this.
From what I have seen and read both from the majority of OO AND EO sources, it seems pretty clear that both profess the same faith. Indeed the fact that the Coptic service I attended was held in a Greek Orthodox Church (as I pointed out in my first post), should in itself speak volumes . I don't think you will find many Catholics, Baptists, Penecostals, Methodists or any others doing the same. I realise that there are many issues to still be worked out between the EO and OO and I am sure mistakes have been made in the past. God is the One that is perfect after all, not us (that's why we have erasers on our pencils!!!). I do feel that given time and with God's guidance, that  the OO and EO will be reconciled. At least thats my hope and prayer.

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« Reply #24 on: February 20, 2004, 05:27:09 PM »

Excuse me if I have an ignorant question to pose, but I had read many years ago in a book on liturgy I found in the local university library that the Coptic Orthodox do not display their Holy Icons except during the Great Lent or perhaps the Pascal Season or both.  Can anyone confirm or deny this?

This question came up a few years ago when I was speaking with an AOC priest.  He had hosted a Coptic priest who held a coptic Vespers in the AOC parish.  The AOC priest told me that the Coptic priest seemed puzzled why the AOC was full of icons.  And it was not during the Lenten or Eastern seasons.

I responded with the information I had remembered reading a few years earlier.  Nevertheless, I couldn't be that sure I got it right!

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« Reply #25 on: February 20, 2004, 06:03:19 PM »

No...this is incorrect! We Copts use icons and an iconostasis very much like the EO.   You can do a search of coptic churches on the net and many of them have photo galleries which pictures of their temples.  Here is one example:

http://www.lacopts.org/general.php?id=P1281

Here is a link that has some nice Coptic icons:

www.theotokos.org

However, I will say having seen many Russian Churches, that we may not decorate every inch of the Temple with icons as the Russians tend to do.

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Excuse me if I have an ignorant question to pose, but I had read many years ago in a book on liturgy I found in the local university library that the Coptic Orthodox do not display their Holy Icons except during the Great Lent or perhaps the Pascal Season or both.  Can anyone confirm or deny this?
As Raouf said, that is not true. I don't know whether the other denominations try to tarnish the orthodox church intentionally or out of ignorance. In any case, Satan only attacks the faithful.
Thanks for asking, jbc 1949, and please let us know if you have further questions.
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No...this is incorrect! We Copts use icons and an iconostasis very much like the EO.   In Christ,
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Well I must be losing it!  I am sure that I read this somewhere.  Could this possibly be true of other non-Chalcedonians?  The Abyssinians for example?

Thanks for the links.  I'll look some up.  I have seen a few Coptic icons before but not as many as the Slavic and Greek style.

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« Reply #28 on: February 20, 2004, 08:26:22 PM »

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May the prayers of the saints be with you, and with the "well-behaved "kids. Smiley
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hbmincey:From what I have seen and read both from the majority of OO AND EO sources, it seems pretty clear that both profess the same faith
The majority of the OO think the same way and that is why our churches do not preach Orthodoxy to EO in the West.
But it seems that the union will be reached on our kneels, by prayers (citing a wise Catholic Priest ).
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I do feel that given time and with God's guidance, that  the OO and EO will be reconciled. At least thats my hope and prayer.
We hope so, and we pray for this union.

Thanks Schulz and Anastasios for your honesty.

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« Reply #29 on: February 20, 2004, 08:45:12 PM »

I really do not know what I am talking about Huh, but could anyone post some good links telling about the basics of non-chalcedonian churches, and the way they work. just general tradition, and who is involved or any useful information, as I would enjoy learning about oriental orthodoxy.
Peace Demetrios, how is everything with you?
I would recommend the following books about the history of the Coptic Church. I don't know much about other OO churches history, but I am beginning to learn.

1- "The History of the Coptic Church" . by Iris Aziz El-Masry
2- "The History of the Patriarchs. " by HG Saweres Ibn EL-Mukafa3, a prominant bishop who lived in the 10th century when the Muez was Khalif and who witnessed the famous miracle of the removal of the mountain. The bishop of course stops at the 10th century.
3- " The Coptic Church". Father Menasa Youhana, died in 1930. A scholarly written book about the history of the Coptic Church.
4- Series of cermons by HG The Late Bishop Youaness of Gharbia.

You should be able to find them in the nearest Coptic Church to you, but probably in arabic, except the first book which is translated for its importance. But I know you understand arabic.

As for theology and spiritual writings, H.H. Pope Shenouda is a walking encyclopedia.

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By the way, H.H. Pope Shenouda's books are translated to English.
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The best way is to go to a Coptic Orthodox Church or any other OO church and see for yourself. In a Coptic Orthodox Church, you will find the icons on the Holder of the Icons in front of the altar, on the side walls, on the back wall, everywhere. The difference in icons between a coptic church and another coptic church would be the icon of the blessed Saint who the church is named after, on the left hand side of the altar.

All Copts have icons at their homes, in their wallets, and even in their cars. Our church believe firmly in the intercession of the saints, and we have thousands of saints who we know and millions not known, having been killed during times of persecution in mass martyrdom.

We also have been blessed by the intercession of the saints in many times through the history. We think, that in spite of all the persecution throughout 2000 years, non-stop, The Lord has kept the OO churches and Coptic Church in Egypt because of the verse in Isiah 19:19 and he will be always faithful to His Words and because of the Intercession of the millions of saints we have been blessed with.

One thing: During the Pacha week, except on Thursday of the New Covenant, we have no liturgies and in the liturgy of Thursday we don't have a Xenexarium, the commemoration of the Saints. The Pascha prayers are held in the middle of the church, not in front of the altar, and only the icon of Christ and the Holy Cross Icon (whether the Crucified Lord alone or the Scene itself with St.Mary and St.John) is in the middle of the church.

In the feasts of the saints, we make rounds around the church with the Cross at the front and the icon of the saints afterwards.

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 As an ignorant soul seeking the Truth, I for one would like to thank everyone for the OO info posted to this board. It has been most helpful. In particular thanks to the links you put up in post #10 to my original query Peter. The sites are great, particularly the bookstore!!! I just have to decide what to get first Smiley.

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« Reply #33 on: February 20, 2004, 11:40:49 PM »

Let me flip this for you so your seemingly feeble mind can grasp what Peter is trying to say.  Would you go to an OO site and post articles from them re: the beliefs of the EO church?  Because that's exactly what you're doing here, especially posting articles from a site that would probably think you aren't Orthodox either.  But we don't know that because you won't tell us what communion you belong to.

I think you and your friends have made yourselves known by your words.

You need no further help from me.

By your fruits - and your words - you are known.

May God forgive you.
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« Reply #34 on: February 20, 2004, 11:42:25 PM »

Linus,

This site is an Orthodox site. It's not "primarily Eastern Orthodox" or "primarily Oriental Orthodox".  Its membership is primarily Eastern Orthodox, however.

The stated policy of this site has always been that Eastern and Oriental Orthodox may disagree with one another politely on this board, but may not call each other heretical.  What is allowed are scholarly critques.

In one post above you mention "the EO position" in reference to some articles hosted on orthodoxinfo.com.  I would submit that the "EO position" on this is not unified, but that more EO subscribe to the statements of the joint OO-EO dialogue than those who do not.  Do you read these statements?  Are you aware of the proceedings?

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Perhaps this is not the right place for me or for any genuine Orthodox Christian, then.

Thanks for the revelation.
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« Reply #35 on: February 21, 2004, 12:02:11 AM »

This forum is for Non-Chalcedonian discussion, it is not for the subversion of folk who show an interest in Oriental Orthodoxy by suggesting sites which are filled with material that is untrue and full of error.

No-one should be silent if materials are erroneous, why should I be quiet just out of politeness.

The materials at orthodoxinfo are doing Satan's work if they propagate lies, and they do.


Conversely, I am supposed to remain silent while an error the Orthodox Fathers regarded as rank heresy is propagated?

It is your point of view that is erroneous, if the saints and Fathers of the Church are to be taken at their word.

Those seeking the truth are entitled to hear both sides.

Then perhaps, with God's help, they will see just who is doing Satan's work.

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« Reply #36 on: February 21, 2004, 03:44:17 AM »

You can respond without being rude.
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« Reply #37 on: February 21, 2004, 10:04:01 AM »

Well I must be losing it!  I am sure that I read this somewhere.  Could this possibly be true of other non-Chalcedonians?  The Abyssinians for example?

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Not to my knowledge.  I visit the local Ethiopian Church quite frequently and they have their icons up all the time.  This also seems to be true of the Armenian, Syrian, and Indian Churches I have visited.  Maybe this is coming from the ACE?
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Not to my knowledge.  I visit the local Ethiopian Church quite frequently and they have their icons up all the time.  This also seems to be true of the Armenian, Syrian, and Indian Churches I have visited.  Maybe this is coming from the ACE?

ACE?  I don't know the acronym.

BTW, I have been cruising some Orthodox sites and have been looking at Coptic icons.  Although I am accustomed to the Slavic style Icons, the Mid-Eastern variety has its own style that I am coming to appreciate!

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« Reply #39 on: February 21, 2004, 01:03:44 PM »

You better believe icons rule!  ACE stasnds for Assyrian Church of the East.  I've heard that although they allow them, icons aren't to big in their tradition, or in the Syriac tradition in general.
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« Reply #40 on: February 21, 2004, 02:13:28 PM »

Anyone interested in the Non-Chalcedonians should also check out the articles at http://www.orthodoxinfo.com/ecumenism/ea_mono.htm

and the Catholic Encyclopedia articles at http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/05633a.htm and http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/03555a.htm .

There are further links provided in those articles that are worth looking into.

Linus, I haven't been to the Orthodoxinfo site in a while, but from clicking on the link I have a few comments:  

1) I noticed that at least two (probably more) of the articles/links on the orthodoxinfo site are from the "Center for Traditionalist Orthodox Studies", which I'm rather certain is part of HOCNA, which is a non-canonical group - I think only in communion with a couple of Greek Old Believer/Calendar/whatever parishes.  I'm sure there is a lot great material on orthododoxinfo.com, but probably a lot of suspect material as well.

2) The second link is from a Roman Catholic site.  Would you send an inquirer into EO information from there?  I surely wouldn't.

Considering that there is suspect material from orthodoxinfo and that the RC Church is not in communion with the OO Churches, I don't see the great relevance of post those links.  While I think Peter's comments of lies/Satan's work/etc. may be a little harsh, I definitely see his viewpoint.
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« Reply #41 on: February 21, 2004, 02:24:21 PM »

Just a minor point of clarification: the OrthodoxInfo site is part of the True Orthodox Church of Greece under Metropolitan Cyprian (www.synodinresistance.gr).  They are in communion with ROCOR.

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« Reply #42 on: February 21, 2004, 02:45:57 PM »

Just a minor point of clarification: the OrthodoxInfo site is part of the True Orthodox Church of Greece under Metropolitan Cyprian (www.synodinresistance.gr).  They are in communion with ROCOR.

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And easily accessed from the 'Portal" page:

http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/portal/index.html

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« Reply #43 on: February 21, 2004, 04:54:47 PM »

Elisha -

I posted to links to a couple of specific Catholic Encyclopedia articles. Have you read them?

They are quite good.

There are many books and articles on Church history that were not written by Orthodox Christians yet which have value when used with discretion.
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Just a minor point of clarification: the OrthodoxInfo site is part of the True Orthodox Church of Greece under Metropolitan Cyprian (www.synodinresistance.gr).  They are in communion with ROCOR.

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Ahhh.  Did not know that.  No wonder orthodoxinfo is suspect!
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Greetings,

I logged on when I heard Linus was disheartened by the conversation here.  My opinions probably wouldn't be much welcome here either.

A 5th century schism that hasn't been totally resolved...  A disagreement over the 7 ecumenical councils that are considered the foundation of the Eastern Orthodox Church.  I would say that Linus was right in offering an alternate view, given the controversial arrangement between the two separate churches.  If this is an Orthodox website and we must have both churches here, then it's totally appropriate to offer both viewpoints on ALL FORUMS.

What exactly are you afraid of if you consider your own point of view the truth?  Are you afraid the readers of this forum aren't smart enough to find the truth for themselves?

Certainly we can all agree: There is no such thing as psuedo-orthodox and both churches can't be equally right.  Simply calling oneself orthodox does not make one orthodox.  Why then is Linus forbidden to mention the odd relationship between two churches that share the name "orthodox", but are not in full communion?  We've had similarly agitated discussions regarding ROCOR, but I don't remember anyone being so censory there.

I found it a bit hypocritical for some to berate Linus for using references that call one Church heretical and then turning around and calling that website heretical.  Even if the people who wrote the Orthodox Info website would call me a heretic, they still have some very good resources that those who are Eastern Orthodox would agree with.  I think it would be more constructive for those who have such strong opinions against Linus to review his resources and point out where they are in error.  Otherwise, I will agree with Linus that your own posts are self-defeating.

In conclusion, I recommend you create two or three different websites so we don't tear each other apart with the confusion over who has the right to use the word "orthodox" in their name.  While I don't have blessing to commune with Coptics, I also don't have blessing to argue with them.

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PS. I visited a Coptic Church a few years ago and have to report I thought it weird to be banging the bongos while people were receiving the body and blood of Christ.  It almost seemed westernized, moreso than any organ playing.  As if there needed to be some measure of entertainment so people could "get into the spirit"... What spirit?  I think that's an appropriate question.  Still, I don't know if this happens in all Coptic Churches.  There were a few other things I saw I would have asked questions about, but I won't dwell on these primarily because I don't understand the language or what was going on during the liturgy.  It was nice bongo playing though.
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I visited a Coptic Church a few years ago and have to report I thought it weird to be banging the bongos while people were receiving the body and blood of Christ.  It almost seemed westernized, moreso than any organ playing.
The Coptic Church westernized, haa. !!!!
By the way,  this "weird" banging you are talking about has been there for 2000 years. It is the heritage of the Coptic Church since the Copts embraced Christianity. That it does sound weird to you does not make it weird.  And these are definitly not western tones or melody. The music and devices used ( Tirianto for example) are from the time of the Pharaohs. So I see it hard to find it westernized, unless you consider the Copts since the First Century and before "westernized".

If I enter an RC church or Greek Orthodox church, it will be also very different to me, but I am enlightened enough not to judge others as weird because it is a different culture.

One thing we all know is that we did not succumb to "liberal" values as other did.

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That is your interpretation, maybe influenced by what you see in your church.

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What spirit?  I think that's an appropriate question
It is an approriate question. It is the spirit which kept us Orthodox in face of the persecution of the Roman Emperors, pagans like Deucletian and christians like the Justinian Murderer. The same spirit that kept christianity in Egypt under the very severe persecution for 2000 years.  The same spirit which was passed from St.Mark to St.Athanasius, if you happen to know him, and St. Cyril the Pillar of Faith, St. Discorous and till now still living in H.H. Pope Shenouda. By the way, these are Alexandrian Fathers, not Byzantine. It is the spirit which will keep the church according to THE LORD's word in Isiah 19:19. We don't compromise.

 "You know them from their fruits".Judging by our fruits, we are sure that we are right.

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A 5th century schism that hasn't been totally resolved...  A disagreement over the 7 ecumenical councils that are considered the foundation of the Eastern Orthodox Church

There are tons of questions which your dear friend Linus could not answer and just passed by in other topics, maybe you can lend a hand in answering them. Three chapter, Theodret, not holding a trial against St.Dioscorous, The TOme of Leo, Leo's connection to Theodret, ..... and many others. Please let us know your perspective.

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He never did. He just reposted lies. If I am discussing an issue with Catholics, I will not resort to Catholic-hate.com site. These are empty slogans, aimed to stop any unity efforts. He had the chance to reply in many other topics, never did. He was just aiming to scare any truth seekers away.

In any case, if your patriarchs so not see a problem with OO theology, but you find some, you have two options:
1- There are problems with our theology, and we would be happy if you can point them out. But in this case, your patriarchs are ignorant.
2- You are wrong, and therefore you are disobedient to your hierachs. Many EO churches, recognizing that no problems in Faith exist, give communion to OO. That is serious business.

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Go search the topics and you find many of the topics discussed. There has been specific points asked by Deacon peter and Antonius, Mor , Raouf, and others and Linus could or would not reply.

In the end, Linus, in a discussion in the Orthodox-Catholics forum, wanted OO  specifically to get out of the discussion and go to their little plot, this forum. When somebody shows interest in knowing the Oriental Orthodox Churches, he immediatly intrudes and propagates his repeated articles from this hateful sites he gets his info from.

The topics Linus opened are discussed in plenty of other topics, why reposting it here again ?
If you are interested in a real discussion, you will find many topics discussing the differences between EO and OO.

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« Reply #47 on: February 22, 2004, 12:39:04 AM »

Stavro -

I believe I did deal with the things you mentioned.

Theodoret and Ibas repented of their earlier Nestorianism and were accepted as Orthodox. Theodore of Mopsuestia was already dead, so that option was not open for him.

The "Three Chapters" were likewise not condemned at the Council of Ephesus in 431, yet Non-Chalcedonians accept that council, and that was the council that specifically dealt with Nestorianism.

Why did neither Ephesus nor Chalcedon condemn the "Three Chapters?" Because ferreting out heretical documents was not the purpose of either council. Both councils condemned Nestorius. Both promulgated Orthodox doctrine.

Making a big deal out of the "Three Chapters" was a tactic suggested to the Emperor Justinian by an Origenist bishop in order to divert attention from the Origenists, whom Justinian disliked.

As I pointed out before, there were at least 7 Arian bishops at Nicea I. They were allowed to participate in the council because they professed the Orthodox faith. All 7 later relapsed into Arianism.  Yet no one that I know of insists that Nicea I was an invalid council because those bishops and their writings were not condemned there.
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A note of correction.

Ibas' Letter to Maris may not have predated Ephesus, nor were all of Theodoret's writings in opposition to St. Cyril complete by that time.

However, Theodore of Mopsuestia's writings were all certainly complete by the Council of Ephesus, and they were a significant part of what was condemned at the Fifth Council (553) as the "Three Chapters."

So, if the council (Ephesus) that was specifically tasked with dealing with the Nestorian heresy did not ferret out Theodore's Nestorian writings for condemnation, why is Chalcedon, a council that had a different task, faulted for the same thing?
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Certainly we can all agree: There is no such thing as psuedo-orthodox and both churches can't be equally right.  Simply calling oneself orthodox does not make one orthodox.  Why then is Linus forbidden to mention the odd relationship between two churches that share the name "orthodox", but are not in full communion?  We've had similarly agitated discussions regarding ROCOR, but I don't remember anyone being so censory there.

There does seem to be an undertone of 'undefined standards' being variously applied both in this current imbroglio and others in recent past.

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As I tried to politely point out, this now challenged website is on this site's very own portal list without disclaimer.

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Certainly more easily said than done as to two websites. But the basic problem is that, despite this being a "pan-Orthodox" forum, I and many others in the Holy Orthodox Catholic Church of the East feel that entering here of late is to be set up as a target. Statements to the effect that 'most of our membership is EO" I suspect are not entirely true and if true by some unknown quantity in registration, certainly not in number of posters. Indeed we EO's seem to have no "home" here. The OO's have their own board under apparently protected status. Elsewhere we find that to converse (or even argue among ourselves) we EOs must dodge too much heterdox interference. It gets tiresome.
I have attempted to convince no less than 5 Eastern Orthodox clerics to join us over the last year. Three indeed have registered and never posted. Why?
I understand Linus7's frustration; he has said nothing that his own bishop or patriarch would condemn or call inaccurate as far as I can see (and I intend to ask both as soon as I can). If his zeal seems excessive, I see his vehemence  in equal measure to similarly zealous statements from his antagonist. Yet, he alone merits the rebuke?

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I thought the same thing the first time I heard the Divine Liturgy in English  Wink

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« Reply #50 on: February 22, 2004, 01:58:06 AM »

First of all, I did not set up the portal page, but Nik did who since has left us.  Perhaps in the revision I will take it off.

The Orthodoxinfo website--I have mixed feelings about it.  Yeah they have some good stuff but they have a lot of bad stuff mixed in.

"There is no safe haven for Eastern Orthodox here." Sure there is.  The Faith and Convert issues forums exist solely for discussion of Orthodoxy.

If you try to create a board where non-Orthodox are chased off every time they post, then you end up with a board with no discussion.  Orthodoxy is the true faith so what is there to worry about? You have to be ready to give an answer to the non-Orthodox.  When they ask questions or want to politely debate stuff, we are not going to ban them.  When they attack unjustly, we do warn them.  The quote about "dodging too much heterodox interference" is not right.  How can you call people who have questions about Orthodoxy and are participating "interferers"? Should we just ban all non-Orthodox and have a small, secluded club where nothing controversial ever gets posted? If you want to see the result of that, go to www.yourcatholic.com where only strict Catholic stuff is posted. See how much participation they have.  Now go to forums.catholic-convert.com and see the vibrant Catholic discussion there, even with Protestants arguing. It's HEALTHY to debate. This is a DISCUSSION forum, so there needs to be discussion, even heated.

I am a busy guy so sometimes I don't catch everything. Right now we admins are contemplating hiring some more moderators to cope with the volume of posts so attacks and the like don't slip through the cracks.

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1) Was it Coptic or Ethiopian? No one plays a bongo in a Coptic Church. They use cymbals and triangles, and I love it--comes right out of the psalm "praise him with trimble...praise him with clashing cymbals"

2) Why is it "Westernized"? I don't see the relation at all to the West.

3) What are you talking about, "getting in the spirit"?  Have you thought that maybe they have always done that? That this is merely their ancient custom that serves a function for them?

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The Portal no longer has links to Orthodoxinfo.com or the TOC.
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I have to say that I loved the cymbal playing at the OO service I went to recently. I thought that it added a certain mystical element to the Liturgy. The music, hymns and all other aspects of the Liturgy flowed and blended perfectly  together, and even though I could not understand all of the Liturgy and what was going on, I was totally entranced and taken away with it-which if I am not mistaken is the point-that is to exit the profane and enter the sacred. I definately do not see how it could be termed "modern" or "westernized". People have after all been "praising the Lord" with music and song since Old Testament times. All in all, I came away if anything hungry for more. I just wish that  there was more than a once monthly service here.

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« Reply #54 on: February 22, 2004, 11:33:43 AM »

I would have no problem with Linus presenting a contrary view if he were fair. He has not responded to the quote of mine from the Acts of Chalcedon showing that the Letter of Ibas was received as Orthodox.

He has not responded to the fact that far from being an obscure set of documents the Three Chapters were vigourously defended by Chalcedonians in the West and North Africa who excommunicated Vigilius some 10 years before Constantinople II.

He has not responded to repeated requests to identify his jurisdiction, a not unreasonable request when someones background does have a bearing on their argument.

He has refused to take account of the substance of the faith of the Oriental Orthodox and continues, even in the last posts, to take the point of view that he knows best what we believe.

If he is criticised it is because of his faulty methodology and lack of transparency and fairness, not at all because he has a different opinion. I have myself been challenged by Deacon Lance's posts to seek to understand the position of the Assyrian Church more fairly and in a more detailed manner, I have not merely told him that the Assyrians are heretics and nothing more needs saying about them.

Then we have posts that decribe the 'weirdness' and 'modernity' of the Coptic Church. Again, nothing that is actually worthy of a real discussion. And material that would be laughable to anyone who actually knew what Coptic Orthodoxy was like.

I continue to be discouraged by Linus approach but am encouraged by contact with folk on other forums and lists who are considering converting to Orthodoxy in the Coptic Orthodox Church, and even priests who have joined us from Eastern Orthodoxy. It is not a contest, but I know too many Eastern bishops, priests, and lay folk who do not share Linus' narrow and a-historical position.

I am currently reading the Defense of the Three Chapters by the Chalcedonian Facundus. My French is coming along well now, its in an excellent translation, and I am reading it quite fluently. It's an eye opener as he writes as a Chalcedonian more than a decade before Constantinople II and is in complete support of the Three Chapters together with his North African colleagues and the Metropolitanate of Milan.
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« Reply #55 on: February 22, 2004, 11:43:23 AM »

As I pointed out before, there were at least 7 Arian bishops at Nicea I. They were allowed to participate in the council because they professed the Orthodox faith. All 7 later relapsed into Arianism.  Yet no one that I know of insists that Nicea I was an invalid council because those bishops and their writings were not condemned there.

Admitting the human element to a council is not to make it invalid. That is why I find a certain EO approach to exhibit a fragile faith.

St Severus of Antioch confessed repeatedly the perfect humanity and perfect divinity of Christ. Nicaea III says condemns him for failing to. This is an error. It doesn't mean that what was said about icons is not true and useful and authoritative. But what was written about St Severus was wrong. All of his writings had been burnt in Greek in the Empire 200 years previously. It is not surprising that no-one at Nicaea III actually knew what he taught.

If the EO were willing to accept that mistakes in the application of condemnations had been made, though all agree that anyone who denies the perfect humanity and perfect Divinity of Christ should be condemned, then there would be more liklihood of that which is true being received as an Orthodox statement. While a patent error, and I have been reading and studying St Severus for 10 years, is defended as immutable then the positive and Orthodox substance of most of the document cannot easily be accepted since the error is, by many EO, especially converts, bound up with the main content.

Here is the excerpt from the full set of Acts, which are not present in the ccel version,

"....the representatives of Leo, who had become prelate of the church of the Romans, pronounced him blameless, making the following declaration -½Pascasinus and Lucentius the reverend bishops and Boniface the presbyter representing the apostolic throne said by the mouth of Pascasinus, 'From the reading of the documents , and from the statement of the reverend bishops we know that the reverend Hiba has been shown to be innocent. For, when his letter was read, we recognised that it is orthodox and therefore our decision is that the episcopal rank also and the church from which he was wrongfully ejected in his absence be restored'-+. And to these things the whole synod assented; and they promulgated the same decision."
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« Reply #56 on: February 22, 2004, 12:16:42 PM »

I do not know which translation of Chalcedon Peter is using, but I believe he is misquoting it. The Council did not endorse Ibas' letter and call "it" orthodox. The papal legates said they had read Ibas' letter and had found him orthodox.

They also found Theodoret of Cyrus orthodox despite his previous writings, some of which contained things that were not orthodox.

No individual's writings are expressly endorsed by the Council of Chalcedon except St. Leo's Tome,those of St. Cyril, and - if I recall correctly - the formula of reunion signed by the Antiochenes and St. Cyril, the last of which was authored by Theodoret himself.

It is a misrepresentation of the facts to say that the Three Chapters were endorsed at Chalcedon.

Severus of Antioch claimed to believe in the full humanity of Christ, as did many of the other Monophysite leaders. Yet he so submerged it in Christ's divinity that he attributed to our Lord one will, one energy, and one activity. In other words, his belief in one divine nature led him into Monothelitism.

If failing to ferret out heretical writings renders a council invalid, then Ephesus 431 is invalid because the writings of Theodore of Mopsuestia were not condemned there, nor was Theodoret's initial work in opposition to St. Cyril, Pentalogium.

And the purpose of the Council of Ephesus was to deal with Nestorianism.

If the council that dealt with Nestorianism did not root out and condemn all Nestorian writings, then why is Chalcedon faulted for not doing so, especially when Chalcedon was called not to deal with Nestorianism but with Eutychianism?

If Chalcedon is faulted for the presence of Theodoret - who had repented and confessed the orthodox doctrine of the Incarnation - then why is Nicea I not faulted for the presence of multiple Arian bishops, bishops who - unlike Theodoret, who died in the peace of the Church - relapsed following the council?
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« Reply #57 on: February 22, 2004, 12:31:47 PM »

Here are a couple of quotes from Non-Chalcedonian leaders critical of St. Cyril.

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"Cyril... having excellently articulated the wise proclamation of Orthodoxy, showed himself to be fickle and is to be censured for teaching contrary doctrine: after previously proposing that we should speak of one nature of God the Word, he destroyed the dogma that he had formulated and is caught professing two Natures of Christ" (Timothy Aelurus, "Epistles to Kalonymos," Patrologia Graeca, Vol LXXXVI, Col. 276; quoted in The Non-Chalcedonian Heretics, p. 13).

Severus of Antioch:
"The formulae used by the Holy Fathers concerning two Natures united in Christ should be set aside, even if they be Cyril's" (Severus of Antioch, Patrologia Graeca, Vol. LXXXIX, Col. 103D; quoted in The Non-Chalcedonian Heretics, p. 12)

I realize that both quotes come from an anti-Non-Chalcedonian work, but perhaps someone would like to explain them.
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« Reply #58 on: February 22, 2004, 12:34:53 PM »

And Ephesus II then which received Eutyches on the basis of an Orthodox confession?
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« Reply #59 on: February 22, 2004, 12:44:26 PM »

And Ephesus II then which received Eutyches on the basis of an Orthodox confession?

Do you really want to divert this thread into a discussion of the "Robber Synod?"

What you call "Ephesus II" was not a legitimate council of the Church.
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« Reply #60 on: February 22, 2004, 12:50:12 PM »

Linus, this is laughable. This merely highlights that you have read nothing by any Non-Chalcedonians except two sentences from a book written by fanatics.

I have read most of the materials left to us by St Timothy Aelurus and in fact have just written a lengthy article about him. I have also got most of the materials by St Severus in my house, though I'm on holiday right now.

Are you aware that after the Formularly of Reunion in 433 St Cyril wrote against the Antiocheans because they were trying to say that he had accepted Theodore's defective Christology? Are you aware that the concessions he had allowed to John of Antioch were twisted by heretics such as Theodoret to show that he had accepted their heresy as his own.

The words are proved to be true. It would have been better if St Cyril had not allowed so many concessions since in fact it allowed Chlacedonian monks in Constantinople to celebrate a feast of Nestorius, and it allowed the Three Chapters to be accepted as Orthodox in the West and North Africa.

You have told me of all your qualifications, I would have thought that you would have studied the primary sources in some detail rather than relying on two sentences taken out of context that don't actually prove anything.

I will not bother plucking sentences out of context from EO writers to prove which heresies they may have endorsed.

It is completely laughable that you would think St Timothy and St Severus were anything other than devoted disciples of St Cyril. if you read their writings you will see that they constantly depend on him.

I would be interested to see the sources of these quotes, they are perfectly reasonable because OO do not invest Divine infallibility in their Fathers. All of the Fathers did make errors of judgement. To deny that is not only not OO, it isn't Orthodox at all
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« Reply #61 on: February 22, 2004, 12:53:27 PM »

Do you really want to divert this thread into a discussion of the "Robber Synod?"

What you call "Ephesus II" was not a legitimate council of the Church.

I think that an open minded, balanced, self-critical EO or RC would look at Ephesus II and seek to compare it's reception with that of Chalcedon and seek to draw some conclusions. Fr John Romanides says that Eutyches reception at Ephesus II was perfectly reasonable based on his confession of Orthodoxy, and certainly more reasonable than Leo of Rome's friendship with a Theodoret who refused to anathematise Nestorius or accept Ephesus I.

I don't think I expect you to take such a view, which is sad.
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« Reply #62 on: February 24, 2004, 11:12:56 AM »

Were you aware that some of what is claimed by Non-Chalcedonians to be the work of St. Cyril is actually the product of Apollinarian forgers?

I don't believe you have any evidence that after Chalcedon Theodoret relapsed into heresy or that the Antiochenes continued to advance Nestorianism.

You dismiss the criticisms of St. Cyril by Timothy Aelurus and Severus of Antioch as "laughable," yet you do not deny them.

Those criticisms reflect the fact that St. Cyril accepted the formula of the two natures in the one divine Person of Christ, and those whom you regard as "saints" and "fathers" did not and criticized him for it.

What is "laughable" is the contention that "Chalcedonian" monks celebrated a feast of Nestorius. They could hardly be "Chalcedonian" if they revered Nestorius, since that council reiterated the condemnation of Nestorius pronounced by the Council of Ephesus in 431.

Frankly, I would be extremely surprised if Fr. John Romanides or any truly Orthodox author advocated union with Non-Chalcedonians apart from the acceptance by the latter of the full Orthodox teaching, including the ecumenical councils.

Many of those whom you characterize as "open-minded EO and RC" should close their minds for repairs.
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