A Thought Experiment

Let me offer you a thought experiment. Yesterday on the Orthodox Church in America’s website there was an interesting press release recounting a “discussion between members of the Holy Synod of Bishops [of the OCA] and a number of congressmen during a late-January 2010 meeting in the US capital” (OCA Holy Synod members share human […]

Bare Ruined Choirs

Soon after the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974, the roof of St. Andronikos church in Kythrea caved in and fell into its sanctuary. No one came by to clear the rubble, so there’s a heap of ruins on the ground covered with tangled greenery. From where I stand, on top of that heap, I […]

Christian Witness to the Environmental Movement

I would also challenge my brothers and sisters in Christ to a more critical engagement of the environmental movement as a whole. This would include not simply a careful examination of the science of climate change but also of the political, cultural economic and yes, environmental, consequences of the various national and international public policy initiatives being advance. But I would especially ask them to challenge the flawed, nihilisitic anthropological vision of the environmental moment.

Thomistic Analysis of Pluralism and Totalitarianism

I do not suggest that government is bent upon tyranny or that those who govern are not attempting to seek good things; I do suggest that, willy-nilly, this process is totalitarian in the strict sense, in that it must relativize the particular communities that were once subsidiary societies –families and churches, for example– in order to create consensus around an ideal. I do hold that a totalitarian state is one that admits of no subsidiary societies, and that a government that presumes to define what is a family is precisely totalitarian.

Politics, Polemics and Reconcilation

The besetting failure of Orthodoxy in America is our almost global unwillingness to lay aside knee jerk anti-Western polemics. As least since the time of St Justin Martyr, the Church has understood that God prepares a people for the reception of the Gospel. Granted the parallel between his time and ours is not exact. Most Americans are Christians of one sort or another even if they are not Orthodox Christians. Likewise Western culture is, at its foundation, Christian. And while there are points of divergence and even disagreement between the Catholic, Protestant and yes even secular thinkers who have given shape to American culture and the Tradition of the Orthodox Church, there are also many points of agreement between us.