Tag: Healthcare

Patristic Roots for a Right to Health?<span class='secondary-title'>Divine Kinship, Citizenship, and COVID-19</span>
Public Life

Patristic Roots for a Right to Health?Divine Kinship, Citizenship, and COVID-19

by D. Brendan Johnson Human rights are contentious: do they exist? Where are they from? And how do we know which specific rights should count as human rights? Is there an Orthodox case to be made for human rights? Indeed, the continuing COVID-19 pandemic raises the specific question of a right to health and healthcare,…

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Reconceiving Healthcare
Church Life and Pastoral Care, Ethics

Reconceiving Healthcare

In the Orthodox Christian tradition, God is described as being the “Great Philanthropos,” and Jesus Christ, as a healer of body and soul, is described as the “Great Physician.” Being adopted by early Christians, the Hellenic idea of philanthropia, or being an “unconditional lover of humankind,” was used as a way of describing God Himself…

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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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