The Unbearable Essentializing of Being: Metropolitan Kallistos Ware’s Sorrowful Joy of Sex

Sexual identities, in contrast to sexual practices or passions, are a relatively new concept. Only recently were passions taken to define people, i.e. seen as constituting an identity or essence, such as homosexual or heterosexual—an understanding that even many secular circles now scorn as untenable. It is, then, discouraging to see a highly respected Orthodox hierarch dare to breach the unwavering moral tradition of the Church based upon such an “essentialist” notion of “sexual orientation.” Siewers argues that this step undermines Orthodox anthropology by turning the body into a thing (reification) and alienating humanity from the incarnation of the God-man Christ.

Called Out at Home: Breaking the Rules Ruins a Glorious Game

An organized ball game is to faux-play baseball what marital sex is to sex as it is currently being promoted. Sexual activity severed from both marriage and family formation is like baseball activity without a real game in view: the physical sensations may be the same, but they lack purpose other than a quick feel-good. It’s the difference between the meaning of a hook-up or one-night stand and the meaning of intercourse between a chaste man and wife who are deeply in love and open to having a family. One is merely orgasmic, the other romantic and marital. One is recreational, the other pro-creational.

Dishonest Dialogue

The Christian communions that have adopted the positions that the liberal Orthodox wants the Orthodox Church to “dialogue” about are dying. Once a Christian communion becomes feminized it inevitably becomes homosexualized, and once it becomes homosexualized it becomes feminized. The pathologies work hand in hand and the result is decline and death. There is no exception to this rule.

You Can Help Us Build an Assisted Living Facility for the Orthodox Elderly

The Background About a year ago a few us got together to build an assisted living facility to take care of our Orthodox elderly. Any priest can tell you that some facilities are good and others aren’t but both lack something in common: spiritual care for the Orthodox client. Priests visit our Orthodox faithful in […]

A Review of John McKinney’s “Hiking the Holy Mountain: Tales of Monks and Miracles on the Trails of Mount Athos, Greece” by John G. Panagiotou

“Hiking the Holy Mountain” more than a travelogue. The book is a spiritual chronicle of the journey of a man from a place informed by secular religious nominalism into a vibrant encounter with the Divine.

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