"Passions are perversions of natural impulses... [and] have a distinct root. The Fathers identify this root as a singular perversion of the will: that of arrogance, of pride... and Fathers identify a chief virtue to combat this chief passion: namely, obedience, which engenders the humility that conquers pride ." ~ Father Deacon Matthew

 

 

The Gates of Hades Prevaileth Not

The Gates of Hades Prevaileth Not

Heresies, Schisms, and other Errancies Renounced by the Eastern Church

(iUniverse, Inc., 2012; ISBN # 978-1-4620-5862-4)

[Unfortunately, an error lives in the pages of this book. Anthony accidentally located the Church Father Tertullian's involvement in Montanism before his entrance into the Eastern Orthodox Church, his participation occurred after he had been an Orthodox Christian. Please accept Anthony's humble apology.]

The absence by so much of the West of knowledge about the Orthodox Christian Church has been remedied by The Gates of Hades Prevaileth Not. Within its pages dwells discussion on Christology, Trinitrian theology, and more; many of these terrains are raised within the context of councils addressing deviations from Apostolic and Church Father teaching. A comprehensive A-Z digest makes researching the wealth of knowledge in The Gates of Hades convenient and effective.

Preface

In a territory such as the United States of America, where Protestantism carries the day, there unfortunately resides miniscule knowledge of Church history - not only by Protestantism's lay community but also by a plethora of its clergical constituency. It often seems as if the West acknowledges the first century life of the Lord Jesus Christ and His Apostles and then leaps ahead some fifteen hundred years (past what those in the West sometimes reference as the "dark ages") to the Protestant reformation when, according to Protestants, Martin Luther resurrected Christianity. Rarely does any consciousness of the Church Fathers, councils, the unbroken chain of apostolic succession, and other integral components of the Church established by the Lord Jesus Christ dwell in the western mind. That is to say that all too often when Protestants are confronted with references to saints of the Church (St. Athanasius, St. John Chrysostom, St. Basil the Great, et al.), councils (both Ecumenical and regional, as well as those by individual Church Fathers), heresies (Arianism, Monophysitism, et al.), and other components of the early Church life with alarming frequency their response is but a blank stare.

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Content Summary

The Gates of Hades Prevaileth Not rehabilitates the vacancy of human knowledge about the Church established by the Lord Jesus Christ when diagraming heresies and schisms defeated by the early Church. For instance, the fourth century heretic Arius proclaimed that there was a time when Christ was not (i.e., the Son of God as a created being) and this resulted in the calling of a council in 325 in Nicea where what has come to be known as the Nicene Creed (the Symbol of Faith) issued as a means by which to clearly define the Orthodox Church's belief on the nature of Christ.

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Table of Contents
Sample - Chapter 1 - ARIANISM

A huge controversy erupted in the fourth century over heretical claims by Arius, who was born in Libya c. 250 and was ordained as a presbyter by Alexander (Bishop of Alexandria from 311-326). Around 318 Arius proposed that Jesus Christ (the Son) had a beginning, or was bom in time, which was to say that there was a time when He was not. In other words, according to the heretic Arius, the Son of God was a created being. This teaching, known as Arianism, was a by-product of errant Paulinist pretenses; fallacies in the mid-third century by Paul of Samosata that contended there existed no separate Jesus Christ or Holy Spirit (Paul proclaimed that the Son did not come down from heaven and that Christ Jesus was a mere man). As a consequence of his specious teaching Arius was condemned and exiled by Bishop of Alexandria Alexander before then having been excommunicated c. 321.

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