Short Reads on October 2022

Four Months Later:  The Ukrainian Orthodox Church’s New Modus Vivendi
Inter-Orthodox Relations, Orthodoxy and Modernity

Four Months Later:  The Ukrainian Orthodox Church’s New Modus Vivendi

Four months ago, a UOC (Ukrainian Orthodox Church) Council in the Feofaniya monastery in Kyiv introduced fundamental changes into the Church’s statutes. That Council has already become a historic event—with possible implications for world Orthodoxy. But properly understanding the logic of its decisions means understanding what happened in the UOC after the Russian army’s full-scale…

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God’s Controversy with the United States
Orthodoxy and Modernity, Religion and Politics

God’s Controversy with the United States Rod Dreher and the Orthodox Jeremiad

“Beware, O sinful land, beware;And do not think it strangeThat sorer judgements are at hand,Unless thou quickly change.Or God, or thou, must quickly change;Or else thou art undon:Wrath cannot cease, if sin remain,Where judgement is begun.” -Michael Wigglesworth, “God’s Controversy With New England” (Written in the Time of the Great Drought, Anno. 1662) “Christian faith…

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Baptism à la Carte: Or Why the Orthodox Need to Discuss Human Identity Seriously
Liturgical Life, Theology

Baptism à la Carte: Or Why the Orthodox Need to Discuss Human Identity Seriously

български | ქართული | ελληνικά | Română | Русский | Српски It was a normal Greek summer day in July 2022, before an Orthodox baptism provoked a fervent debate, or another episode in the “culture wars,” regarding the requirements (are there any?) of a child being baptized in the Church. Although Greeks are accustomed to reading about Church activities in newspapers and on…

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Memory and Commemoration in The Lord of the Rings: An Orthodox Christian Perspective
Culture and Arts, Theology

Memory and Commemoration in The Lord of the Rings: An Orthodox Christian Perspective

Late in J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic The Lord of the Rings, Samwise Gamgee finds himself in darkness and likely near death. Enemies have captured his dearest friend, and Sam lies alone, shivering and impossibly far from home. He tries to make sense of the situation, but “even of the days he had quite lost count. He…

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Falling into the Future: The Respite of Eschatological Awareness
Theology

Falling into the Future: The Respite of Eschatological Awareness

In his 1985 Being as Communion, Metropolitan John Zizioulas described two distinct, yet complementary notions of the Church’s Apostolic identity. The first pertains to the unbroken historical succession of bishops from the time of Christ—in other words the preservation of the Church’s identity through the faithful handing over of what was received in the past,…

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