Fr. Tom reads from and comments on this 2nd century historical Christian letter to the unknown Diognetus.
The 5th century brought much controversy, schism, and anathemas but the Church survived. Some of these divisions exist even today.
Is it possible to really see Christ and God as they are? Did the Disciples have an advantage over us because they lived with Christ? Fr. Tom explores these questions in light of the resurrection!
In the 6th Century, three individuals played a huge role in forming and influencing the ecclesiastical structure of the Church. They were the Emperor Justinian, Pope Gregory the Great of Rome, and Dionysius the Areopagite. Fr. Tom deals with the first 2 here and the third in the next episode.
In his continuing series on Bishops, Fr. Tom takes up where he left off in the last episode by concentrating on the influence of the writings attributed to but not actually from Dionysius the Areopagite.
What do the Orthodox mean when in the Creed we confess "One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church?" As we approach the Sunday of Orthodoxy, this is a good time to explore that question with Fr. Thomas Hopko.
In Part 9 of his series on Bishops, Fr. Thomas looks at the canons of the 3rd Ecumenical Council.
On the Sunday after Ascension and before Pentecost, the appointed Scripture readings for the Divine Liturgy have striking similarities between the Apostle Reading (Acts 20) and the Gospel (John 17:1-13). Read these 2 "farewell addresses" and then listen to Fr. Tom's teaching that he recorded in his
To what lengths will a true saint go to defend pure doctrine? Fr. Tom tells the incredible story of St. Maximus and St. Martin.
During this season of Pentecost, it is important to understand the controversy surrounding the procession of the Holy Spirit. Is it just semantics or is there doctrinal substance to the rejection of the filioque clause in the Creed by the Orthodox Church?