Theology

Publications: 165

An Ordinary Exile: Fr. Bulgakov’s Spiritual Diary
Christian Practice, Theology

An Ordinary Exile: Fr. Bulgakov’s Spiritual Diary

Russian Sophiology has returned. For decades, speaking of Fr. Sergius Bulgakov or any of the Russian Sophiologists was usually to invoke a niche interest. Yet today, judging by translations and secondary literature, Fr. Bulgakov in particular has emerged as a force in systematic theology that far exceeds mere historical or confessional interest. His contemporary relevance…

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Baptism à la Carte: Or Why the Orthodox Need to Discuss Human Identity Seriously
Liturgical Life, Theology

Baptism à la Carte: Or Why the Orthodox Need to Discuss Human Identity Seriously

български | ქართული | ελληνικά | Română | Русский | Српски It was a normal Greek summer day in July 2022, before an Orthodox baptism provoked a fervent debate, or another episode in the “culture wars,” regarding the requirements (are there any?) of a child being baptized in the Church. Although Greeks are accustomed to reading about Church activities in newspapers and on…

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Memory and Commemoration in The Lord of the Rings: An Orthodox Christian Perspective
Culture and Arts, Theology

Memory and Commemoration in The Lord of the Rings: An Orthodox Christian Perspective

Late in J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic The Lord of the Rings, Samwise Gamgee finds himself in darkness and likely near death. Enemies have captured his dearest friend, and Sam lies alone, shivering and impossibly far from home. He tries to make sense of the situation, but “even of the days he had quite lost count. He…

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Falling into the Future: The Respite of Eschatological Awareness
Theology

Falling into the Future: The Respite of Eschatological Awareness

In his 1985 Being as Communion, Metropolitan John Zizioulas described two distinct, yet complementary notions of the Church’s Apostolic identity. The first pertains to the unbroken historical succession of bishops from the time of Christ—in other words the preservation of the Church’s identity through the faithful handing over of what was received in the past,…

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Ethics in the Book of Nature
Environmental Ethics, Religion and Science, Theology

Ethics in the Book of Nature The Climate Crisis and Ecological Sin, Part 1

With another season of creation care upon us, we should take heed of the fact that the most recent reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) respectively affirm, for the first time, that climate change is in fact the result of human activities and that the catastrophic climactic events that the world has…

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True Man: Kallistos of Oxford as Orthodoxy’s First Universal Teacher of the Global Age
Inter-Orthodox Relations, Religion and the Academy, Theology

True Man: Kallistos of Oxford as Orthodoxy’s First Universal Teacher of the Global Age

български | ελληνικά | Română | Русский | Српски “Meeting him I sensed immediately a quality of authenticity,of integrity, of completeness; here I felt was a true man.He was marked by a serenity, by a transparent and luminous joy”(Kallistos Ware, “Mount Athos Today” [1976]) A Moment of Pan-Orthodox Unity In a time when the Orthodox…

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