Tag: Byzantine Studies

Studying Byzantine Cappadocia
Church History

Studying Byzantine Cappadocia

This past June, I visited Cappadocia in central Turkey. It was my second trip to the region, and it certainly won’t be my last, as I have decided to focus on Cappadocian art history in graduate school. “Why Cappadocia?” I am frequently asked. The best way to answer that question is to start at the…

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The Byzantine Origins of Gun Control
Ethics, Public Life, Religion and Politics, Uncategorized

The Byzantine Origins of Gun Control

It would be difficult to overstate the significance of the Byzantine emperor Justinian for both Christian and political history because, more than any previous Christian ruler, he integrated Christian precepts into imperial legislation. Whether one looks favorably upon the Byzantine model of Church/State “symphonia” or prefers a Jeffersonian separation of Church and State, every modern…

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Ecclesiology

Don’t Confuse Autocephaly with Theology

This essay was originally delivered as a public talk at the June 2015 Fordham/OTSA conference on the upcoming Great and Holy Council of the Orthodox Church. It was part of a panel on Autocephaly and Diaspora. For our entire history, secular geographies have dictated the boundaries of episcopal sees and autocephalous churches. The decisions of ecumenical councils,…

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