Tag: Miracles

Martyrdom without Miracles
Church History, Public Life

Martyrdom without Miracles The 9th-Century Church Controversy in Córdoba and Modern Orthodoxy

Between the years 850 and 859, something unexpected happened in Córdoba. Some forty-eight Christians were martyred. Contemporary church historians usually refer to them as “voluntary martyrs” because almost all of them, by their own will, presented themselves in front of the Muslim authorities and confessed themselves to be Christians, denouncing Islam and Mohammed as a…

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War and Appeals to Magical Consciousness
Religion and Conflict

War and Appeals to Magical Consciousness

As was noted many times, the ongoing Russian aggression against Ukraine is ideologically framed by a quasi-religious doctrine that promotes Russian civilizational exceptionalism and has been branded as the “Russian world.” This doctrine is not the only quasi-religious aspect of the war. Those who endorse the war try to justify it by bringing up a…

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Giving Up the Good Parts for Lent: Considering Mary of Egypt
Christian Practice

Giving Up the Good Parts for Lent: Considering Mary of Egypt

The image of God was truly preserved in you, O mother,For you took up the Cross and followed Christ.By so doing, you taught us to disregard the flesh, for it passes away;But to care instead for the soul, since it is immortal.Therefore your spirit, O holy Mother Mary, rejoices with the Angels.                                                                          Troparion, Tone…

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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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The Benedict of History versus The Benedict Option
Orthodoxy and Modernity, Public Life

The Benedict of History versus The Benedict Option

Rod Dreher’s book The Benedict Option has much to commend it. Among other things, it aptly recognizes that the landscape of American religious practice is rapidly changing and in some depressing ways. It affirms that a faith divorced from real-life practice is useless. And it recognizes that Christians benefit when they mine their ancient traditions….

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