Tag: Fundamentalism

The Russian Orthodox Church and Coronavirus
Public Life, Religion and Politics

The Russian Orthodox Church and Coronavirus Rethinking the Question of “Relevance to the System”

ελληνικά | ру́сский In some respects, the global coronavirus crisis has brought to light ruptures that in normal times were often dismissed as marginal problems of small groups. Unresolved and underestimated social injustices became obvious and were recognized as threatening more than just the existence of the respective groups. A similar effect of the coronavirus…

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Contra “Father-ism”
Christian Practice, Theology

Contra “Father-ism”

  In May 2018, I graduated with my Master of Divinity, and immediately following the graduation ceremony, I boarded a plane to Rome, where I intended to undergo the 30-day Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Although I had attended a renowned Jesuit university with one of the largest Jesuit communities in the United…

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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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Fundamentalism as “Orthodoxism”
Orthodoxy and Modernity, Theology

Fundamentalism as “Orthodoxism”

Our long-standing captivity to a sad caricature of Orthodoxy that could be called “orthodoxism,” and whose main characteristics will be summarized in what follows, has been largely consolidated by a widespread attitude in the Church known as “the fear of theology.” It is this fear that has propelled the substitution of theology with a shallow,…

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Fundamentalism: Theology in the Service of Psychosis
Theology

Fundamentalism: Theology in the Service of Psychosis

The academic literature connecting religious fundamentalism and psychosis is extensive. In my experience as both a clinical psychiatrist and priest, I believe that we see this illness both individually and collectively within the Orthodox Church. Fortunately, the solution to this spiritual illness lies in the very proclamation of the incarnation. Paradoxically, although religious fundamentalism is…

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