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The Rejection of Tradition On a post on my blog Koinoia ("An Editorial: Orthodoxy & the Public Square"), I wrote that whether or not I like Frank Schaeffer's politics or his moral theology, or whether or not his support of abortion and gay rights are compatible with the tradition of the Church, the reality is that he is well within the … [Read More...]

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Locality, the Episcopate, and Canonicity: Reflections on the Recent Pre-Conciliar Meeting at Chambesy

By: George Michalopulos ABSTRACT: In previous essays posted on this forum, the present author analyzed the formation of autocephalous churches, the role of the metropolitan and its role within the episcopate, the canonical claims of existing patriarchates regarding primacy within the so-called Diaspora, and the current jurisdictional crisis … [Read More...]

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The Roots of Roe v. Wade

By: Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon "Children are aborted in the flesh because...they are aborted in the mind." During this month, as in every January for the past thirty years, those Americans left with even the meanest vestige of moral instinct will reflect with disgust on the Supreme Court's ruling in Roe v. Wade. Some of these citizens … [Read More...]

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Canon 28 and Eastern Papalism: Cause or Effect?

By: George C. Michalopulos ABSTRACT: Orthodoxy today is at a crossroads in America and throughout the world. One of the great challenges facing us has to do with inter-Orthodox cooperation. Specifically, how are new mission fields identified? Which of the established churches evangelizes them? And how are they granted autocephaly? What is the … [Read More...]

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Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies

By: George C. Mchalopulos Several years ago when I was young and impressionable, I happened upon the Charles Laughton version of The Mutiny on the Bounty. What struck me – as near as I can recollect—was the climax of Lieutenant Bligh’s trial. Though acquitted of the charges against him, the president of the tribunal … [Read More...]

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Christmas Appeal – 2009

December 18, 2009 Dear Friend: Thank you for joining the rapidly growing number of people in the United States and abroad who have made the Web site and blog of the American Orthodox Institute a “must read” for news and analysis on Orthodox Christianity. One grateful contributer writes: "AOI is providing the kind of in depth analysis and … [Read More...]

Recommended Reading

Manhattan Declaration and Signers

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  For more information see www.ManhattanDeclaration.org. Manhattan Declaration: A Call of Christian Conscience Drafted on October 20, 2009 Released on November 20, 2009 Preamble Christians are heirs of a 2,000-year tradition of proclaiming God's word, seeking justice in our societies, resisting tyranny, and reaching out … [Read More...]

Nationalism in Greek Orthodoxy

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By: Sir Steven Runciman Excerpts from "The Great Church in Captivity: A Study of the Patriarchate of Constantinople from the Eve of the Turkish Conquest to the Greek War of Independence." In the East money making has never, as it was in the feudally minded West, been considered to be incompatible with aristocracy. A moneyed nobility began … [Read More...]

Civilization Without Religion?

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By: Russell Kirk A masterful essay on the dependence of civilization on religion. Sobering voices tell us nowadays that the civilization in which we participate is not long for this world. Many countries have fallen under the domination of squalid oligarchs; other lands are reduced to anarchy. "Cultural revolution," rejecting our … [Read More...]

Orthodox Leadership in a Brave New World

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By: Fr. Johannes L. Jacobse Almost thirty years ago Soviet dissident Alexander Solzhenitsyn delivered an address at Harvard University that still ranks as one of the most trenchant and inspired critiques of Western culture ever given. Although some of the political references are dated, two observations remain as true today as when they were … [Read More...]

Conflicted Hearts: Orthodox Christian ‘Social Justice’ in an Age of Globalization

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By: John Couretas In the opening sermon delivered to an ecumenical gathering last year in Brazil, Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana and All Albania called on the assembly to promote "daring initiatives and just social struggles." The archbishop, a leading expert on Orthodox Christian missionary work, exhorted the 3,800 attendees at the … [Read More...]

Sanctity of Life

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The Roots of Roe v. Wade

By: Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon "Children are aborted in the flesh because...they are aborted in the mind." During this month, as in every January for the past thirty years, those … [Read More...]

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The Fathers of the Orthodox Church on Abortion

The following represent the teaching of the Orthodox Church from the [early] second century through the fifth century.... Note that penalties, when they are given, are neither civil nor criminal, … [Read More...]

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Podcast: Orthodox Advocate For “Human Exceptionalism”

The centrality of human life in the created world is under attack on all fronts. At the very heart of the debate is whether humans have intrinsic value greater than animals, minerals and lifeless … [Read More...]

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Orthodox Church Supreme Court Brief on Roe v. Wade

By: James George Jatras and Paul Farley. Orthodox Christians for Life. Co-author James George Jatras is a member of the AOI Board of Advisers. The Amicus Curiae Submitted to the Supreme … [Read More...]

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Human Enhancement and the Quest for Perfection

By: Fr. John Schroedel I spoke recently with a Greek Orthodox innovator in the field of space travel. He expressed respect for his church, but also spoke of a deep disconnect he feels between church … [Read More...]