Short Reads on September 2018

Reconceiving Healthcare
Church Life and Pastoral Care, Ethics

Reconceiving Healthcare

In the Orthodox Christian tradition, God is described as being the “Great Philanthropos,” and Jesus Christ, as a healer of body and soul, is described as the “Great Physician.” Being adopted by early Christians, the Hellenic idea of philanthropia, or being an “unconditional lover of humankind,” was used as a way of describing God Himself…

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It’s Time for an Independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church
Global Orthodoxy

It’s Time for an Independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church

ру́сский Ukraine achieved independence in 1991, and since then (and before, as well, dating back one hundred years) there have been efforts among the Orthodox faithful and their leaders—political and religious—to establish an independent (autocephalous) Ukrainian Orthodox Church. And since 1991, the Moscow Patriarchate has been unable or unwilling to settle the schism in Ukraine…

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The Heresy of Papism
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The Heresy of Papism

The three-way dispute between Ukrainians, Russians, and the Ecumenical Patriarchate over the possibility of Ukrainian ecclesiastical independence is shaping up to be the greatest challenge to Orthodox Christian unity of our generation. From a purely political perspective, Ukrainian autocephaly would represent an unmitigated disaster for the Russian Orthodox Church. Not only would it deprive the…

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Studying Byzantine Cappadocia
Church History

Studying Byzantine Cappadocia

This past June, I visited Cappadocia in central Turkey. It was my second trip to the region, and it certainly won’t be my last, as I have decided to focus on Cappadocian art history in graduate school. “Why Cappadocia?” I am frequently asked. The best way to answer that question is to start at the…

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Non-Fundamentalist Monastic Spirituality of Mother Maria Skobtsova
Christian Practice, Theology

Non-Fundamentalist Monastic Spirituality of Mother Maria Skobtsova

Since the beginning of modern times, monastic spirituality has had to face both extreme fundamentalism and extreme liberalism, or in postmodern times, relativism.  One reason is an incomplete or incorrect understanding of the human person and human identity. Mother Maria Skobtsova (1891-1945), an Orthodox nun who left Russia after the 1917 revolution and settled in…

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