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The Victory of the Cross: Salvation in Eastern Orthodoxy

The Victory of the Cross: Salvation in Eastern Orthodoxy

by James R. PaytonJr.

Word Guild Awards — Academic How can Christians claim that the death of Jesus Christ on the cross is a victory? Yet the doctrine of salvation affirms precisely that: in his death and his resurrection, Christ is victorious over the power of sin and death. The articulation of this tenet of faith has taken different shapes throu… Read more…

Irenaeus on the Christian Faith

Irenaeus on the Christian Faith

by James R. PaytonJr.

Irenaeus of Lyons (c. 130-202) was the greatest theologian of the early post-apostolic church. In his writings we have access to the Christian teaching of a spiritual grandson of the apostle John, for Irenaeus' instructor in the faith was himself taught by the apostle. Irenaeus stresses the importance of apostolic teaching and faithfully handing on the a… Read more…

Getting the Reformation Wrong: Correcting Some Misunderstandings

Getting the Reformation Wrong: Correcting Some Misunderstandings

by James R. PaytonJr.

Getting the Reformation wrong is a common problem. Most students of history know that Martin Luther nailed his ninety-five theses to the Wittenberg Church door and that John Calvin penned the Institutes of the Christian Religion. However, the Reformation did not unfold in the straightforward, monolithic fashion some may think. It was, in fact, quite a me… Read more…