Short Reads on March 2020

Depth Psychology and the Courage of St. Mary of Egypt
Christian Practice, Theology

Depth Psychology and the Courage of St. Mary of Egypt

Every year during Lent we celebrate the Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt.  St. Mary was only 12 years old she left her home and traveled to Alexandria where she threw herself into wanton and “insatiable” sexual behavior for many years, “ensnaring many souls,” sinking deeper and deeper into depravity, until one day—upon attempting to…

Continue reading
The Church without the Eucharist Is No Longer the Church
Ecclesiology, Liturgical Life, Theology

The Church without the Eucharist Is No Longer the Church A (telephone) conversation with Metropolitan of Pergamon John Zizioulas (March 23, 2020)

ελληνικά | ру́сский | српски We wish to hear your views on the current situation, since your theology plays a great role in the present circumstances. Metropolitan John: My theology, unfortunately, cannot be applied. In Greece they have already closed the churches, and the Divine Liturgy is not being served. Is it served in Serbia?…

Continue reading
Lent and the Shaping of Desire
Christian Practice, Theology, Uncategorized

Lent and the Shaping of Desire

српски Christianity is a religion of desire. At first glance, this statement may seem counterintuitive and contradictory. After all, Christians are told to deny themselves, to take up their cross and follow Christ (Mt 16:24). Several prayers, especially in the Divine Liturgy, also seem to downplay desire. In the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom,…

Continue reading
COVID-19 and Christian (?) Dualism
Liturgical Life, Theology

COVID-19 and Christian (?) Dualism

 ελληνικά |  ру́сский  |  српски Translations of this essay are also available in Arabic (pdf) and Georgian. In this brief editorial, I try to explain what underpins the widely spread belief that the coronavirus cannot be transmitted through the communion of the holy Gifts. This belief is based on the assumption that the Body and Blood of…

Continue reading
Shame or Love in the Age of Pandemic
Christian Practice, Church Life and Pastoral Care, Liturgical Life

Shame or Love in the Age of Pandemic

Ελληνικά | ру́сский When Archbishop Elpidophoros submitted an encyclical regarding COVID-19 to his faithful on behalf of the Holy Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, what I found more scandalous and tragic than the pandemic itself was the judgmental and self-righteous voice from so many “faithful” (both clergy/hierarchs and laity) who spoke against…

Continue reading
1 2
Disclaimer

Public Orthodoxy seeks to promote conversation by providing a forum for diverse perspectives on contemporary issues related to Orthodox Christianity. The positions expressed in the articles on this website are solely the author’s and do not necessarily represent the views of the editors or the Orthodox Christian Studies Center.

Attribution

Public Orthodoxy is a publication of the Orthodox Christian Studies Center of Fordham University