Short Reads on April 2018

Orthodoxy, Capitalism, and “the West”
Religion and Politics

Orthodoxy, Capitalism, and “the West” Is Orthodox Christianity Stuck in the Past?

In a recent essay for the Bloomberg View, Leonid Bershidsky attempts to explain why traditionally-Orthodox countries “remain stuck” in the anti-capitalist, anti-Western, and authoritarian mindset characteristic of the communist era. Drawing support from a new World Bank working paper, Bershidsky locates the source of this mindset in supposed theological differences between Eastern and Western Christianity….

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The Kavasilas Option
Orthodoxy and Modernity, Public Life

The Kavasilas Option

   Much has been written in the last couple of years concerning the “Benedict Option.” People have found inspiration in it as well as a great deal to criticize about both the movement and Rod Dreher’s book. The historicity and theology of the book are questionable. The dire picture painted is difficult not to dismiss…

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The Promise of Autocephaly in Ukraine: What’s at Stake?
Global Orthodoxy

The Promise of Autocephaly in Ukraine: What’s at Stake?

  Last week, news circulated that Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is expected to issue a Tomos of autocephaly to the Orthodox Church in Ukraine. This news appeared on the heels of a meeting that took place between Patriarch Bartholomew, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and his delegation after Pascha on April 9, 2018. The discussions between the…

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Towards a Reasoned and Respectful Conversation About Deaconesses
Women in the Church

Towards a Reasoned and Respectful Conversation About Deaconesses St. Phoebe Center for the Deaconess Board

The St. Phoebe Center for the Deaconess advocates for the reinstitution of the ordained order of deaconesses for the benefit of the Orthodox Church today. We also appreciate that this is a significant issue that prompts a range of opinions, and we consider it to be part of our work to promote empirically grounded conversation.[1]…

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Joy Reconsidered
Theology

Joy Reconsidered

Humanity is a joyful being. This is not a simple desire, but a very normal human condition. Joy shares one divine characteristic in that it seeks to endure and to never run out. That which defines those captured moments within is the undying sense to exist in the same way that it appears. Joy strives…

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