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It’s That Time of the Year Again: In Tone Four, “The murderers of God, the lawless nation of the Jews…”
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It’s That Time of the Year Again: In Tone Four, “The murderers of God, the lawless nation of the Jews…”

Disturbing Words, Disturbed Emotions The words in the title are from one of the stichera at the Beatitudes chanted on Holy Thursday evening (Triodion, 589). Similar references to “arrogant Israel, people guilty of blood,”  “bloodthirsty people, jealous and vengeful,” and “the perverse and crooked people of the Hebrews” occur in the unabbreviated English translation of…

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Racism: An Orthodox Perspective
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Racism: An Orthodox Perspective

The primary goal of the Orthodox Christian is to struggle toward theosis—deification. The word theosis often conjures up images of a super hero like Thor or a Greek god like Zeus. When St. Athanasius proclaimed that “God became human so that humans can become gods,” he was not envisioning super-human strength, nor was he envisioning…

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African American Orthodox Christians
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African American Orthodox Christians

In 2016, I began a series of interviews with African American Orthodox Christians in four regions of the United States.  An integral component of a wider ethnographic research project (one combining participant observation and digital research) personal narratives offer a necessary depth of insight into an Orthodox community which still remains relatively unfamiliar to many….

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Western Intervention and Mideast Christians<span class='secondary-title'>Lessons from the Nineteenth Century</span>
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Western Intervention and Mideast ChristiansLessons from the Nineteenth Century

by Mark L. Movsesian  |  ελληνικά  |  ру́сский  |  српски The history of Christian persecution in the Middle East – which, sadly, is quite long, though not unmitigated – should inform the strategies we use in our relief efforts for Mideast Christians today. One important episode from this history that is worth considering is the 19th century Ottoman…

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Are Christians Supposed to Be Communists?
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Are Christians Supposed to Be Communists?

It was in 1983 that I heard the distinguished Greek Orthodox historian Aristeides Papadakis casually remark in a lecture at the University of Maryland that the earliest Christians were “communists.” In those days, the Cold War was still casting its great glacial shadow across the cultural landscape, and so enough of a murmur of consternation…

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