Short Reads on August 2022

Bishops and Pentecost
Ecclesiology, Theology

Bishops and Pentecost

Bishops are regularly in the news for exercising their authority and then either coming under fire or being praised for doing so. Over the last couple months we’ve seen volcanic reactions for and against Archbishop Elpidophoros presiding at the baptism of a gay couple’s children in Greece. When the bishops of the Orthodox Church in…

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Should the WCC Expel Patriarch Kirill?
Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, Religion and Conflict

Should the WCC Expel Patriarch Kirill?

The Christian world as a whole—and the Orthodox world, in particular—has been horrified by the invasion of Ukraine by the armed forces of Russia. It seems to be a distressingly indiscriminate campaign, in which thousands have been killed—young soldiers, men, women, and children—as well as hospitals, schools, homes, monasteries, churches destroyed, with millions of refugees…

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Who Ate All the Pies? On Famine and Fasting
Environmental Ethics

Who Ate All the Pies? On Famine and Fasting

Warnings of an impending world food crises are currently being issued by multiple organizations and media of mass communication. A recent United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation press release points out many factors that are threatening to bring about a famine of Biblical proportions: climate change, legacy of COVID-19, public debt burdens and, last but…

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Do the Gospels Really Worry about Supporting the Nuclear Family?
Ethics

Do the Gospels Really Worry about Supporting the Nuclear Family?

This essay was originally published by Religion News Service (RNS) and is republished here with permission. In the Orthodox Christian world, few places are better known or more lovingly venerated than Mount Athos, the 10th-century Greek monastery legendarily dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Composed of 20 citadels scattered over a peninsula of exceptional beauty in…

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Orthodox Christianity in Eastern Europe and the Challenge of Self-Colonization  
Orthodoxy and Modernity

Orthodox Christianity in Eastern Europe and the Challenge of Self-Colonization  

Discussions on contemporary Orthodox Christianity have often focused on the multiple ways in which historical legacies and political contexts have shaped the trajectories of Orthodoxy’s institutional development, social presence, and theological responses to important issues such as modernity, secularization, globalization, and religious pluralism, among others. Importantly, Orthodoxy’s responses to adverse historical circumstances, particularly in Eastern…

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Freedom from Fear
Documents, Gender and Sexuality, Religion and the Academy

Freedom from Fear Response to the Statement of the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in America

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” (1 John 4:18) In our inaugural editorial in 2015, we stated: “The Wheel is a journal for the intelligent and constructive articulation of the Christian Gospel…

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