Short Reads on April 2024

When Theology Fuels the War
Religion and Conflict

When Theology Fuels the War False Prophecy and State Policy in “The Present and Future of the Russian World” Document

On March 27, the World Russian People’s Council (WRPC), headed by Patriarch Kirill (Gundiaev), met at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow to ratify its programmatic document, “The Present and Future of the Russian World.” The document opens with a section on the Russian war in Ukraine, followed by a section on the…

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The Fear of Tomorrow in Religious Education in Greece
Education and Academia

The Fear of Tomorrow in Religious Education in Greece

Over the past several decades in the Greek region, a discernible decline has been observed in both the enthusiasm and substantive content associated with religious studies within the modern school system, a trend persisting today. The curricula, established over half a century ago, have been notably centered on Orthodox-based teachings, ethical considerations, and biblical narratives,…

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In the Image and Likeness of God
Orthodoxy and Modernity

In the Image and Likeness of God Let’s Talk About Orthodoxy and Race

One morning not long ago I sat down at a table in a Midwestern university’s special collections library, eager to spend several days working through a cart packed with anniversary books and commemorative pamphlets published by Orthodox parishes and dioceses across North America. These kinds of booklets are invaluable in my work as a historian,…

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Fasting, the Food Industry, and Eucharistic Consumption
Environmental Ethics

Fasting, the Food Industry, and Eucharistic Consumption A Lenten Reflection

As Orthodox Christians prepare for Easter by partaking in fasting this Lenten season, we ought to pause to reflect on the ways in which this practice, in addition to being a source of spiritual renewal, can serve as a source of social transformation and ecological restoration. In order to ameliorate the ecological crises we currently…

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Seeing Jesus, Always Seeing Jesus
Christian Practice

Seeing Jesus, Always Seeing Jesus

When You, O God, shall come to earth with glory, / all things shall tremble / and the river of fire shall flow before Your judgment seat; / the books shall be opened and the hidden things disclosed! / Then deliver me from the unquenchable fire, / and make me worthy to stand at Your…

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