Short Reads on May 2020

The Eucharist, Its Physical Elements, and Molecular Biology
Liturgical Life, Religion and Science

The Eucharist, Its Physical Elements, and Molecular Biology

ελληνικά The Orthodox Church and scientific knowledge typically parallel each other. In the event that a reconciliation appears unreachable between the Church and science, it signals that it is time to reconsider past traditions in light of current scientific evidence. Science cannot in any way dictate Orthodox theology, but rather provides a contribution to the…

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Why Should Orthodoxy Remain Public in Coronavirus Times?
Church Life and Pastoral Care, Ecclesiology, Liturgical Life

Why Should Orthodoxy Remain Public in Coronavirus Times? Reflections in the Aftermath of an Unprecedented Easter

As a Greek Orthodox living in the Western world and experiencing this new “Corona era,” one feels that Orthodoxy needs to decide today, globally and locally, on the following: to what extent do we, as Orthodox Christians, truly believe that Christ is the Son of God, the Son of Man? For what we have been…

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Can Persons Be Saved?
Theology

Can Persons Be Saved? Part Three of an Interim Report on That All Shall Be Saved

Read part one and part two of the series. Before resuming my “itinerary” of the argument of That All Shall Be Saved, one additional point seems worth stressing. Though in the last installment the issue was raised of whether God intends or permits evil, the book’s argument has nothing to do with the traditional problems of…

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“Remember, O Lord…”: Liturgy, History, and Communion Spoons in a Time of Pandemic
Church History, Liturgical Life

“Remember, O Lord…”: Liturgy, History, and Communion Spoons in a Time of Pandemic

ελληνικά | ру́сский In recent weeks, Church authorities have been looking for historical precedent to find ways of continuing ministry to the faithful and maintaining worship in churches during a time of global pandemic—because, as others have pointed out, closing houses of worship and ceasing to serve the Liturgy is not an option for the…

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We Are under Care, Not at War
Public Life

We Are under Care, Not at War For a New Metaphor for Today

Ελληνικά No, I will not resign myself. This is not a war; we are not at war. Ever since the dominant narrative in Italy and in the world about the pandemic has assumed a war terminology—that is, immediately after the health situation in any given country changes drastically for the worse—I have been looking for…

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