Short Reads on May 2022

Is There Still a Consensus in the Orthodox Church?
Global Orthodoxy, Inter-Orthodox Relations

Is There Still a Consensus in the Orthodox Church?

Image: Wikimedia Commons After the communications breakdown between the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) and the Ecumenical Patriarchate (EP) over the status of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine, the issue of consensus in the Orthodox Church was of utmost importance. Moscow and Constantinople were questioned on whether they share the same ecclesiology, but the issue of…

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Our Relation to Land and Sea: An Ethical Reflection on Our Food System
Environmental Ethics

Our Relation to Land and Sea: An Ethical Reflection on Our Food System

With the fifth Halki Summit on the environment scheduled to take place in June 2022, I would like to take the opportunity to reflect upon the ways in which we, as Orthodox Christians, can more fully embrace the ecological message that Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople has repeatedly delivered for more than thirty years….

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Benedict and Sophia
Orthodoxy and Modernity, Theology

Benedict and Sophia

Image: iStock.com/GC402 Over the past four years, Rod Dreher’s “Benedict Option” has become a catch-phrase for a certain kind of conservative Christian community in North America. Many Orthodox churches are striving to carve out a niche within this religious marketplace, promoting the stability of Orthodoxy in contrast to current Western Christian brands. Indeed, such stability…

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Patristic Roots for a Right to Health?
Public Life

Patristic Roots for a Right to Health? Divine Kinship, Citizenship, and COVID-19

Human rights are contentious: do they exist? Where are they from? And how do we know which specific rights should count as human rights? Is there an Orthodox case to be made for human rights? Indeed, the continuing COVID-19 pandemic raises the specific question of a right to health and healthcare, as does the current…

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The Moral Defeat of the Russian World: Putin, Kirill, and the Tribunal of History
Religion and Conflict

The Moral Defeat of the Russian World: Putin, Kirill, and the Tribunal of History

български | ქართული | ελληνικά | Română | Русский | Српски In Mariupol, Russian rockets destroy a maternity ward, wounding dozens. Meanwhile, in Moscow, Patriarch Kirill (Gundiaev) blesses the Russian troops. In the same town of Mariupol, Russian bombs kill hundreds of children and elderly in the Drama Theater. Putin’s Patriarch has the gall to…

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