Apologetics

rest-of-the-bible[1]

What books are in Eastern Orthodox Bibles in both OT and NT? Are they the same as the Roman Catholic Bibles? What final decree or canon does the Eastern Orthodox follow and from where do they get it?

The New Testament canon is the same for Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholics and Protestants. The first official listing of these was by Saint Athanasius in his Festal Letter as Archbishop of Alexandria in 367. The Old Testament canon was and remains a more complicated issue. There...

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Are not icons images or idols that are forbidden by the ten commandments? Why do the Orthodox give such reverence (kissing, etc) to icons?

This answer will have 2 parts with input by 2 contributors: Reply Part #1 Obviously, Orthodox Christians do not think that commandment to abstain from idols and idolatry (10 commandments and 3 John for reiteration in the New Testament). This was a very debated subject which was...

sola-scriptura[1]

Do the Orthodox believe in Sola Scriptura (the Bible alone?) What do you believe about tradition?

This answer has two parts: (1) below, a short reply and (2) a longer reply taken from the forthcoming "Revised Catechism of the Orthodox Faith." The short answer: Orthodox Christianity understands Sola Scriptura versus Holy Tradition as a false dichotomy, pitting the Bible against tradition, because the Bible can...

church-slider-popeandpatriarch

Why are there so few Orthodox, at least in America, and fewer than Roman Catholics? What do you think about this article? http://www.catholic.com/thisrock/2005/0504bt.asp

This article by Jimmy Akin has been replied to at: http://www.orthodoxanswers.org/catholicorthodoxdebate1 (copied below) There is a discussion of the "size" issue in reference to the Northern and Southern kingdoms of Israel toward the end. An Orthodox reply to "Why I Am Not Eastern Orthodox" by Jimmy Akin __________ An article by...