Tag: Extremism

Teaching Orthodox Ethics at a Protestant Seminary
Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, Education and Academia, Ethics

Teaching Orthodox Ethics at a Protestant Seminary Reflections on FLOW

Editor’s Note: This essay was originally delivered as part of a panel session on For the Life of the World: Towards a Social Ethos of the Orthodox Church at the 2024 annual meeting of the Society of Christian Ethics. There could hardly be a context more distant from the Orthodox Church than the McAfee School…

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Letter to Russia: The Importance of Finding Those Who Are United in Spirit
Church Life and Pastoral Care, Religion and Conflict

Letter to Russia: The Importance of Finding Those Who Are United in Spirit

Editor’s Note: The Orthodox Church in Russia is divided, but this division is not canonical nor administrative. Moreover, it is not always visible from the outside. While the official Church has become an integral part of Putin’s political regime, on a deeper level, there is resistance on behalf of small Orthodox communities and individuals who…

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How to Be the Right Kind of “Fundamentalist”?
Theology

How to Be the Right Kind of “Fundamentalist”?

 ру́сский “Fundamentalism” is a difficult concept to define. The difficulty does not primarily stem from the demanding task of describing certain actions, beliefs, and ideas and drawing general patterns that would help us differentiate “fundamentalist” phenomena from what they are not. The way the concept of “fundamentalism” is often employed, both in the public discourse…

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On Religious Freedom, Is Russia the Next Saudi Arabia?
Religion and Politics

On Religious Freedom, Is Russia the Next Saudi Arabia?

As Donald Trump’s newly-minted administration struggles to adhere to a concise foreign policy, an independent commission has thrown yet another cog in its long-lost dream of a productive relationship with the “very smart” Russian President Vladimir Putin. In a recently released annual report issued by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF)—an independent…

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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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Ecclesiology, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations

The Great Synod of the Orthodox Church and Christian Unity: Another View

Orthodox Christians throughout the world exhibit a range of different attitudes towards other Christians and with respect to the cause of inter-Christian relations more generally. It is commonly assumed however that the Holy and Great Council planned for 2016 is meant to reaffirm the case for Christian reunification as well as the manner of its…

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