In every instance when the Church has been assailed by one or another heresy, we find that many people are fooled by the heresy without actually understanding what is happening. Heresy is always presented as the truth and in this way many are misled.

-- Metropolitan Ephraim, Holy Orthodox Church in North America, 2001

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Articles on Name-Worshipping (Updated)

Although the Orthodox Church condemned name-worshipping in the early part of the twentieth century, attempts are being made to revive this heresy in our day.  The most fervent advocate of name-worshipping is Gregory Lourie, a schismatic and self-proclaimed bishop from St. Petersburg, Russia.  His influence is spreading in Russia, the Ukraine, Georgia and the United States.

Here are some articles written in response to the revival of this heresy:

A Response to Certain Name-Worshippers, by Bishop Photios of Marathon, GOC, February 27, 2011

The Name-Worshipping Heresy, by Fr. Panagiotes Carras, GOC, December 1, 2011

The Heresy of Name-Worshipping, by Bishop Photios of Marathon, GOC, published June 2005 in Greek, published in English translation November 28, 2011

On the Name of God, by Vladimir Moss, undated

NEW: A Note on the Heresy of Name Worship, Fr. Andrew Philipps, Orthodox England website, undated