Tag: Relics

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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Folklife and the Authenticity Politics of Orthodox Culture Creation
Culture and Arts, Orthodoxy and Modernity

Folklife and the Authenticity Politics of Orthodox Culture Creation

български  | ქართული |  Ελληνικά  | Română | Русский | Српски Orthodox culture is alive and well. It is in the loaves of bread that are lovingly made by a Lebanese grandmother for her son’s birthday. It is in our Pascha baskets, our children’s hilarious mispronunciations of “Christ is Risen” in different languages, and in…

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When Icons Make You Sick
Culture and Arts

When Icons Make You Sick Religious Materiality in Post-Chernobyl Contamination

ελληνικά | Română | српски The publication of this essay coincides with the anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, Saturday, April 26, 1986. In March 2020, we were asked to work from home because of the pandemic of coronavirus. We could not even imagine how quickly the situation would escalate to a global lockdown. Looking at…

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The Diverging Paths of Orthodoxy
Book Reviews, Religion and Politics

The Diverging Paths of Orthodoxy

The following is a review of Russian Nuclear Orthodoxy, a study of the role of the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) in shaping the nuclear arms program for the Russian Federation written by Dmitry Adamsky and published by Stanford University Press (2019).  I approached this surprisingly accessible book with perhaps a unique perspective. I have no…

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Russian Orthodox and Roman Catholic Encounters: Cultural Exchange or Real Ecumenism?
Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations

Russian Orthodox and Roman Catholic Encounters: Cultural Exchange or Real Ecumenism?

History exists as much in our imaginations as in the archeology of the past, and the potency of the imaginative depends upon our ability to recreate sensory or visceral experiences.  The doctrinal exchanges between the Russian Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches in recent years are unlikely to make history, but accompanying cultic exchanges may make…

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