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Cannibals and Montanists
Religion and Politics

Cannibals and Montanists

български | ქართული | Ελληνικά | Русский | Српски The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 1:9) QAnon and “Trumplicals” (I just can’t use the lovely word “Evangel” to reference…

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The Case for Moral Courage
Book Reviews, Religion and Politics

The Case for Moral Courage

Moral courage is, by definition, acting on principle in the face of adverse consequences. The American presidency is filled with examples of moral heroism. George Washington stepped down after two terms, despite a fear of anarchy. Teddy Roosevelt stood up to robber barons to advance a progressive agenda. Lyndon Johnson pursued the Voting Rights Act…

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The President’s Men and the Emperor’s Clothes
Religion and Politics, Religion and the Environment

The President’s Men and the Emperor’s Clothes

The UN Climate Change Conference taking place this week in Bonn, Germany, is once again revealing how unrestrained exceptionalism is digging our country only deeper into global isolationism. As an American citizen, I am often confronted with the U.S. announcement to withdraw from the Paris Agreement at the COP21 meeting two years ago. America, the…

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Common Senses
Environmental Ethics

Common Senses

On Friday, Sept. 1, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Pope Francis issued a “Joint Message on the World Day of Prayer for Creation.” Just over one page long, the pithy document packs an ethical imperative into its message about prayer for creation. This isn’t the first time that a pope and Patriarch have opined together on…

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Science, Truth, and the Current Political Climate
Public Life, Religion and Politics

Science, Truth, and the Current Political Climate

Orthodox involvement in world affairs is increasingly becoming necessary; a faith that cares about “true worship” must be ready to defend not only spiritual Truth but the truths that underlie it as well. Orthodox Christians, and indeed most religious traditions, value truth and truthfulness. For Orthodox, there should be no division between the truths we…

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For God’s Sake, Hands Off!
Religion and Politics

For God’s Sake, Hands Off!

In fourth-century Constantinople, an archbishop named Gregory contemplated why God was so silent before the immorality and corruption in politics. Why, he wondered, did God resemble a sleeping lion? But of course a sleeping lion can be awakened and antagonized. We have waited and watched as presidential executive orders and congressional actions, such as those…

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Should Middle East Religious-Minority Refugees Be Prioritized?
Religion and Politics

Should Middle East Religious-Minority Refugees Be Prioritized?

President Trump’s executive order on refugees has been widely, and rightly, criticized on policy and moral grounds. But while criticism of the executive order is indeed proper and necessary, one aspect of the new policy, namely the prioritization of claims of religious persecution by religious minorities in refugee applications, which has received wide criticism, should…

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Torture is a Crime — and a Moral Outrage
Ethics, Religion and Politics

Torture is a Crime — and a Moral Outrage

U.S. torture is back in the news. Loopholes left behind by President Obama are about to be exploited by his successor. Consider the following items: Despite Obama’s promises, the camp at Guantanamo Bay — perhaps the most glaring symbol of U.S. torture — was not closed. Our erstwhile president, notorious for half-measures, blamed his failure…

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Religion and Politics

The Disarray and Hope of Our Post-Election Abortion Politics

Pro-lifers, despite being in the clear majority of the country, are now politically homeless. 73% of Americans want abortion to be broadly illegal after week twelve of gestation, but for the US Congress, a 20-week limit—a modest threshold that makes European restrictions look pro-life—seems impossible to achieve. Senate Democrats still have the capacity to filibuster…

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Trump and Humiliation
Religion and Politics

Trump and Humiliation

A recurrent refrain in Donald Trump’s 2011 book Time to Get Tough is that America is being laughed at—by China, OPEC, Russia, Iran. Compared to their leaders ours are weak and stupid.  Trump describes Barack Obama’s approach on geopolitical and economic issues as “embarrassing.” Obama is said to “grovel,” “kiss the feet” of foreign leaders…

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Trump and Transgression
Religion and Politics

Trump and Transgression

Although there are, as many commentators have observed, social and economic factors at play, a perhaps more significant key to understanding the popularity of Donald Trump’s campaign is its sheer transgressive quality.  In this sense I would suggest that Trump’s campaign is a phenomenon entirely in keeping with an essential dynamic of our cultural fabric….

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