Thoughts and reflections on Orthodox theology and life - Thoughts and reflections on Orthodox theology and life from Fr. Stephen Freeman.
Christianity in a One-Storey Universe - Part 6: Where Do We Begin?09/02/2008 Duración: 09min
Fr. Stephen looks at the aspect of seeing the world in wonder—an experience shared by both Christian and non-Christian—and suggests, following St. Gregory of Nyssa, that it is the place where our faith should begin.
Orthodoxy and Culture03/02/2008 Duración: 11min
Fr. Stephen looks at the relationship between Orthodox Christianity and culture and argues that since Orthodoxy is the fullness of the faith, it should also be productive of the fullness of what it is to be human. Healthy Orthodox nations have always had a healthy Orthodox culture.
Right and Wrong in the One-Storey Universe26/01/2008 Duración: 15min
Fr. Stephen looks at morality and virtue, particularly as understood during the so-called "Age of Enlightenment," and compares it with an Orthodox understanding of right actions in the life of a Christian.
What Faith Shall I Defend?19/01/2008 Duración: 08min
Fr. Stephen makes a distinction between the truth of the Christian faith and the many distortions and misperceptions of the Christian faith that surround us. He makes the case that we need only defend the search for the true and living God.
A Faith Worth Believing12/01/2008 Duración: 09min
Fr. Stephen describes the one-storey universe as a faith worth believing and addresses the difficulty that people in the modern world have in transitioning from the secularized religions that dot our landscape to a truly integrated religion such as the Orthodox faith.
Things Are Not Always As They Seem05/01/2008 Duración: 08min
In this week's podcast Fr. Stephen notes that things are not always as they seem. In our busy world we often only see things in a blur. We want things quickly. He notes that grace has a slowness about it and urges us to "be still" and "know" God.
Getting Saved in the Church29/12/2007 Duración: 17min
In this podcast, Fr. Stephen speaks about salvation and the Church in the Orthodox understanding. He states that: "the Church is what salvation looks like," and explains how the Tradition of the Church sees our salvation in Christ as something we work out in the context of the believing community rather than as mere individuals.
The Church in the One-Storey Universe22/12/2007 Duración: 08min
Fr. Stephen continues his series on the One-Storey Universe and looks at what it means for the Church. The Church is concrete and real. The "Fullness of Him that Filleth All in All" is not an abstraction or an "invisible" Church, but rather the very real Church established by Christ.
Scarcity and Abundance in a One-Storey Universe15/12/2007 Duración: 09min
In this talk Fr. Stephen continues with the imagery of the One-Storey Universe, but uses it to challenge our sense of finitude and scarcity and instead boldly proclaims that the risen Christ has raised us to a kingdom where we are not bound by limits, but by the endless abundance of His love.
Time in a One-Storey Universe08/12/2007 Duración: 15min
Fr. Stephen continues his series on the modern world's division between things secular and things spiritual, showing that the Orthodox life should be lived not in a "two-storey" universe but in a "one-storey" universe. This talk looks at our modern understanding of time and how it runs counter to the Church's traditional understanding.
The One-Storey Universe and Icons: Music from Another Room01/12/2007 Duración: 13min
Fr. Stephen Freeman speaks on icons as doors that open onto other rooms. He also speaks about how we view evil in this understanding of God's world.
Struggling in a One-Storey Universe24/11/2007 Duración: 10min
Fr. Stephen describes the spiritual warfare that Christians are to engage in as a battle within the heart—which is where we find the very depths of heaven.
Christianity in a One-Storey Universe - Part 5; Windows to Heaven17/11/2007 Duración: 13min
Fr. Stephen looks at the way icons help us to see the world as it truly is rather than as a window to a "second story."
Christianity in a One-Storey Universe - Part 4; Christian Atheism10/11/2007 Duración: 12min
Continuing with his illuminating series, in part four Fr. Stephen Freeman discusses those (both non-Orthodox and Orthodox) for whom knowledge of God is but a relationship with a book (albeit a sacred book) or with ideas about God. These people are what Fr. Freeman calls "practical atheists." "Although a person may espouse a belief in God, it's quite possible for that belief to be so removed from everyday life that God's non-existence would make little difference."
Christianity in a One-Storey Universe - Part 3; God in the Ordinary03/11/2007 Duración: 15min
"It's not until we cease to divide the world into ordinary and extraordinary, into usual and unusual, into sacred and secular, that we will have either the possibility of knowing God, much less living the Christian life." -- Fr. Stephen Freeman
Christianity in a One-Storey Universe - Part 227/10/2007 Duración: 16min
Fr. Stephen continues his look at the world from an Orthodox perspective.
Christianity in a One-Storey Universe - Part 119/10/2007 Duración: 13min
In his inaugural podcast, Fr. Stephen describes the Orthodox view of the world in terms we can all understand.