Tag: Dogma

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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Echoes of History: Exploring the Historic Encounter of Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras and Zareh I Catholicos
Church History, Inter-Orthodox Relations

Echoes of History: Exploring the Historic Encounter of Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras and Zareh I Catholicos

Historical imagery has always fascinated me for the significant value it holds for research and inquiry. In my research attempts to explore photographs depicting historical moments, I came across the December 1959 edition of the official magazine of the Armenian Catholicosate of the Holy See of Cilicia, “Hasg,” through which a striking photograph of two…

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Thinking Out Loud: In Response to the OCA’s Curbing of Intellectual Freedom
Gender and Sexuality, Orthodoxy and Modernity, Religion and the Academy

Thinking Out Loud: In Response to the OCA’s Curbing of Intellectual Freedom

I would like to respond to the Statement on Same-sex Relationships and Sexual Identity, issued by the Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America during the recent All-American Assembly in Baltimore in July. I believe it will be evident I have concerns about the statement’s curtailment of intellectual and academic freedom. In particular,…

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A Charismatic Coptic Priest: Abouna Makary Younan (1934-2022)
Church Life and Pastoral Care, Orthodoxy and Modernity

A Charismatic Coptic Priest: Abouna Makary Younan (1934-2022)

On January 11, renowned Coptic Orthodox priest Abouna Makary Younan (1934-2022) died in Cairo of complications from COVID-19. His death quickly followed that of his wife Mama Souna, who suffered from the same illness and passed away on January 7. Based in the old Coptic Orthodox Cathedral of St. Mark in Cairo’s Azbakiyya district, the…

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Sergei Bulgakov and the Economics of Tradition
Theology

Sergei Bulgakov and the Economics of Tradition

български | ქართული | ελληνικά | Română | Русский | Српски Written in 1912, Sergei Bulgakov’s Philosophy of Economy: The World as Household surprises in its embrace of a certain kind of materialism. Giving credit largely to the heavyweights of the German idealist tradition with an occasional nod to Marx, it quickly becomes evident that…

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Some of My Best Friends Are Heretics
Christian Practice, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations

Some of My Best Friends Are Heretics What Do Orthodox Really Believe?

Ελληνικά | српски Orthodox pride themselves on belonging to the “one, holy, catholic and apostolic church” founded by Jesus Christ—and with good reason. Orthodox point to the loftiness of Orthodox theology, the beauty and solemnity of its liturgy, its mystical spirituality, the holiness of its saints, and the transcendentalism of its icons, liturgical music, and…

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“Orthodox Morality” on Sex or an Ethics of Sex? Part Two: A Theology of the Erotic
Bridging Voices Project, Gender and Sexuality, Theology

“Orthodox Morality” on Sex or an Ethics of Sex? Part Two: A Theology of the Erotic

ελληνικά This essay is part of a series stemming from the ongoing research project “Contemporary Eastern Orthodox Identity and the Challenges of Pluralism and Sexual Diversity in a Secular Age,” which is a joint venture by scholars from Fordham University’s Orthodox Christian Studies Center and the University of Exeter, funded by the British Council, Friends…

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“Orthodox Morality” on Sex or an Ethics of Sex? Part One: Dogmas v. Canons and Beliefs v. Ethics
Bridging Voices Project, Gender and Sexuality, Theology

“Orthodox Morality” on Sex or an Ethics of Sex? Part One: Dogmas v. Canons and Beliefs v. Ethics

ελληνικά This essay is part of a series stemming from the ongoing research project “Contemporary Eastern Orthodox Identity and the Challenges of Pluralism and Sexual Diversity in a Secular Age,” which is a joint venture by scholars from Fordham University’s Orthodox Christian Studies Center and the University of Exeter, funded by the British Council, Friends…

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Why Are Orthodox Christians “Unethical”?
Ethics, Theology

Why Are Orthodox Christians “Unethical”?

by Stephen Meawad A quick glance at the modern field of ethics might convey a false reality—one in which Orthodox Christian are decades, if not centuries, behind the West in developing viable ethical frameworks. In fact, Orthodox Christians might often be hesitant or even reluctant to speak in terms of ethics, since the language of…

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The Death Penalty and Hell
Theology

The Death Penalty and Hell

ру́сский “There is no doubt that on this point we are faced with a profound evolution of dogma.” These are the words of Pope Benedict XVI, from a 2015 interview, on the sharp contrast between the teaching of the Council of Trent on the postmortem fate of the unbaptized and later Catholic teaching stemming from…

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I Am a Traditionalist; Therefore, I Am
Theology

I Am a Traditionalist; Therefore, I Am

ру́сский   Amidst the culture wars, the word “traditionalist” has gained currency and has been co-opted in a variety of ways. Broadly, it is a self-naming mostly by those who identify as religious and are seemingly faithful to their religious tradition in the face of attacks either against religion in general or by others within…

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The Heresy of Papism
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The Heresy of Papism

The three-way dispute between Ukrainians, Russians, and the Ecumenical Patriarchate over the possibility of Ukrainian ecclesiastical independence is shaping up to be the greatest challenge to Orthodox Christian unity of our generation. From a purely political perspective, Ukrainian autocephaly would represent an unmitigated disaster for the Russian Orthodox Church. Not only would it deprive the…

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Towards a Reasoned and Respectful Conversation About Deaconesses
Women in the Church

Towards a Reasoned and Respectful Conversation About Deaconesses St. Phoebe Center for the Deaconess Board

The St. Phoebe Center for the Deaconess advocates for the reinstitution of the ordained order of deaconesses for the benefit of the Orthodox Church today. We also appreciate that this is a significant issue that prompts a range of opinions, and we consider it to be part of our work to promote empirically grounded conversation.[1]…

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Some Common Misperceptions about the Date of Pascha/Easter
Liturgical Life

Some Common Misperceptions about the Date of Pascha/Easter

This essay was originally published in 2017. It was updated for 2021. A common misperception among Orthodox Christians is that Orthodox Easter (i.e. Pascha) often occurs so much later than Western Christian Easter because the Orthodox Church abides by the rules for calculating the date of Pascha issued by the 1st Ecumenical Council at Nicaea…

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Reading Scripture

български  |  ελληνικά  |  ру́сский  |  српски There are indeed many ways in which Scripture is read, and there is also great deal of debate about this, both on a general level and also within scholarly circles. But there is a certain feature of the reading of Scripture which is absolutely fundamental to the Christian tradition, from…

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Theology in a “Post-Truth” Landscape
Theology

Theology in a “Post-Truth” Landscape

The last year has seen an overwhelming number of think-pieces and public reflections on the collapse of facts. Indeed, even for the most casually engaged individual, the term “post-truth” has gained an undeniable familiarity within the collective lexicon. We have been reminded with ever-increasing frequency that despite legions of assembled “fact checkers,” the public seems…

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On Ecumenoclasm: What Is Church?
Ecclesiology, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations

On Ecumenoclasm: What Is Church?

On April 22, 2016, the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church issued a decision containing its objections to the draft document of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church on “Relations of the Orthodox Church with the Rest of the Christian World.” The Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church of Greece took a similar…

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