Short Reads on April 2020

The Bread, the Wine, and the Mode of Being
Church Life and Pastoral Care, Liturgical Life, Theology

The Bread, the Wine, and the Mode of Being

ελληνικά | српски The recent reappearance of the ancient terror of a pandemic has prompted fertile conversation among theologians and literary people across the world. Various opinions have been articulated, such as that disease can be transmitted through the current way of distributing holy communion, or that the Eucharistic Gifts themselves can be bearers and…

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When Icons Make You Sick
Culture and Arts

When Icons Make You Sick Religious Materiality in Post-Chernobyl Contamination

ελληνικά | Română | српски The publication of this essay coincides with the anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, Saturday, April 26, 1986. In March 2020, we were asked to work from home because of the pandemic of coronavirus. We could not even imagine how quickly the situation would escalate to a global lockdown. Looking at…

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What Is a Truly Free Will?
Theology

What Is a Truly Free Will? Part One of an Interim Report on That All Shall Be Saved

I should explain. I am in the process of preparing a kind of “interim report” on my recent book That All Shall Be Saved, in preparation for a number of public events, and perhaps in anticipation of a second edition of the text. And the editors of Public Orthodoxy have kindly offered me a venue in which…

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Communion Beyond the Eucharist in Pandemic Time
Liturgical Life, Public Life

Communion Beyond the Eucharist in Pandemic Time Pondering Questions with Fellow Ministers of the Eucharist

ελληνικά As everyone ponders their particular and usual roles, during the pandemic, ministers of Church rites strive to creatively answer their specific charge to assemble the faithful and execute time-worn rituals, so that communion, as we understand it, remains uninterrupted.  In light of this new normal, however short-lived, perhaps now is the time to reflect…

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Was Mary, the Mother of Jesus, the First Person to See the Risen Lord Outside the Empty Tomb?
Biblical Studies

Was Mary, the Mother of Jesus, the First Person to See the Risen Lord Outside the Empty Tomb?

In Orthodox icons of Jesus’s empty tomb and resurrection, it is common to see Mary the mother of Jesus depicted as one of the myrrhbearing women. A related theme, although perhaps depicted less frequently in icons, is that the Virgin Mary saw the risen Jesus outside the tomb. Indeed, some Orthodox Christians today insist that…

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