Short Reads on February 2021

Father Pavel Florensky, <i>Philia</i>, and Same-Sex Love
Theology

Father Pavel Florensky, Philia, and Same-Sex Love

български | Ελληνικά | Русский | Српски No longer do I call you servants, but I have called you friends.-John 15:15 (RSV) Father Pavel Florensky (1882-1937) is one of modern Orthodoxy’s intellectual giants. The scope of his erudition was breathtaking, covering not only philosophy and theology, but also mathematics, physics, linguistics, art, cultural history…—he is…

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How Origen Exposes Our Ecclesiastical Delusions
Church History, Theology

How Origen Exposes Our Ecclesiastical Delusions

български | ქართული | Ελληνικά | Русский | Српски If one were to put all my essays having to do with Origen in a single document, it would be about two hundred pages of material. I also did multiple (AFR) podcast episodes on Sts. Basil and Gregory the Theologian’s Philocalia of Origen, which totals almost…

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The New Serbian Patriarch and the Burden of Old Territorial Problems
Inter-Orthodox Relations, Religion and Politics

The New Serbian Patriarch and the Burden of Old Territorial Problems

български | ქართული | Ελληνικά | Русский | Српски Of all the Orthodox churches, the Serbian church was hit the hardest by the Covid pandemic, which resulted in the death of its Patriarch Irinej as well as that of the highest bishop in neighboring Montenegro, Metropolitan Amfilohije. While the Serbian and Balkan media will be…

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Dreher vs. Schmemann: Church, World, Mission
Public Life, Theology

Dreher vs. Schmemann: Church, World, Mission

The January 2021 Schmemann Lecture delivered by Mr. Rod Dreher, a Senior Editor of The American Conservative, has provoked bewilderment and objections especially among former students of Father Alexander. Was Dreher—neither an academic nor a theologian but a polemical journalist who proclaims it pointless to “dialogue” with Orthodox progressives—the appropriate person to deliver a lecture…

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On Love and Beauty in a Time of Pandemic
Theology

On Love and Beauty in a Time of Pandemic

български | ქართული | Ελληνικά | Русский | Српски This article is edited from the Closing Address for the Institute for Studies in Eastern Christianity (ISEC) 2020 Conference: “Evil and Spiritual Combat in a time of Pandemic.” While our recent celebration of the birth of the Christ Child continues and mingles now with hints of…

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The Navalny Protests and Orthodoxy’s A-Political Theology
Religion and Politics, Theology

The Navalny Protests and Orthodoxy’s A-Political Theology Mumblings of the Sacred

At the end of January, what were perhaps the largest protest rallies in the last ten years took place across Russia. The protests were sparked by the arrest of opposition politician Alexei Navalny, who had returned to his homeland after medical treatment in Germany. Back in August 2020, Russian special services had tried to poison…

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