Gender and Sexuality

Publications: 26

Transgender Experience and the Theological Limits of “Gnosticism”
Gender and Sexuality, Theology

Transgender Experience and the Theological Limits of “Gnosticism”

In a recent essay published in The Wheel, Dr. Katherine Kelaidis compares contemporary understandings of transgender experience with the specter of “Gnosticism,” an early heresy that takes its name from the Greek word gnōsis, meaning “knowledge.” While a full response to this essay goes beyond the scope of a Public Orthodoxy blog post, I wish…

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The Things That Are God’s and the Things That Are Caesar’s
Gender and Sexuality, Public Life

The Things That Are God’s and the Things That Are Caesar’s On the Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage in Greece

One of the temptations invariably plaguing priests and preachers as they proffer declarations and proclamations is the tendency to offer solutions to  non-existent dilemmas, providing answers to questions nobody is asking or addressing the wrong audience. Which is why it is hardly surprising that various Orthodox hierarchs and circles feel the need to express disproportionate…

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Thinking Out Loud: In Response to the OCA’s Curbing of Intellectual Freedom
Gender and Sexuality, Orthodoxy and Modernity, Religion and the Academy

Thinking Out Loud: In Response to the OCA’s Curbing of Intellectual Freedom

I would like to respond to the Statement on Same-sex Relationships and Sexual Identity, issued by the Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America during the recent All-American Assembly in Baltimore in July. I believe it will be evident I have concerns about the statement’s curtailment of intellectual and academic freedom. In particular,…

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Freedom from Fear
Documents, Gender and Sexuality, Religion and the Academy

Freedom from Fear Response to the Statement of the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in America

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” (1 John 4:18) In our inaugural editorial in 2015, we stated: “The Wheel is a journal for the intelligent and constructive articulation of the Christian Gospel…

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To Baptize or Not: God’s Love and Image
Church Life and Pastoral Care, Gender and Sexuality, Liturgical Life

To Baptize or Not: God’s Love and Image

On July 9, 2022, Archbishop Elpidophoros, the primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, baptized the children of celebrity fashion designer Peter Dundas and Evangelo Bousis in a church near Athens. Reactions to the news of the baptism of children of a same-sex couple were predictable. The Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church of…

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