Short Reads on December 2017

Western Intervention and Mideast Christians
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Western Intervention and Mideast Christians Lessons from the Nineteenth Century

ελληνικά  |  ру́сский  |  српски This post is a shortened version of an earlier article by the author, “The Price of the Ottoman Failure,” Oasis, Vol. 7, No. 14, December 2011, at 55. The history of Christian persecution in the Middle East – which, sadly, is quite long, though not unmitigated – should inform the strategies we use…

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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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Reading Scripture

български  |  ελληνικά  |  ру́сский  |  српски There are indeed many ways in which Scripture is read, and there is also great deal of debate about this, both on a general level and also within scholarly circles. But there is a certain feature of the reading of Scripture which is absolutely fundamental to the Christian tradition, from…

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Theology in a “Post-Truth” Landscape
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Theology in a “Post-Truth” Landscape

The last year has seen an overwhelming number of think-pieces and public reflections on the collapse of facts. Indeed, even for the most casually engaged individual, the term “post-truth” has gained an undeniable familiarity within the collective lexicon. We have been reminded with ever-increasing frequency that despite legions of assembled “fact checkers,” the public seems…

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A Dialogue on the Mission of St. Phoebe Center for the Deaconess
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A Dialogue on the Mission of St. Phoebe Center for the Deaconess

ελληνικά  |  ру́сский These essays are part of a series on the diaconate in the Orthodox Church derived from talks delivered at the St. Phoebe Center for the Deaconess “Renewing the Male and Female Diaconate in the Orthodox Church Conference” in Irvine, California in October 2017.   Diaconal Service in Church Administration and Governance I have…

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