October 25, 2014

The Supreme Court, You and Me, and the Future of Marriage

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Source: Witherspoon Institute By Sherif Girgis, Ryan T. Anderson and Robert P. George within Marriage Originally published June 27, 2013. What happened yesterday at the courthouse matters, and we must keep up our witness to the truth about marriage, by word and deed, until it is safely beyond judicial overreach. Here’s the least reported fact about yesterday’s rulings on … [Read more...]

Met. Hilarion of Volokolamsk: Church and State in Russia

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Met. Hilarion of Volokolamsk is the Chairman of the of the Department for External Church Relations Moscow Patriarchate. Key quote: "We remain strongly convinced that the secular nature of the state does not presuppose the ousting of the Church from the public space or her marginalization and placement in a “ghetto”. The Russian Orthodox Church is not only a social institution … [Read more...]

Bill Hinkle Interviews Frs. Hans Jacobse and Josiah Trenham on the Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Decision [AUDIO]

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Bill Hinkle — a former Washington State Representative, Minority Whip, Washington State House of Representatives, aka SubDeacon Basil at The Prophet Elijah Antiochian Orthodox Christian Mission. "Our Life in Christ and in America” is a bi-monthly program hosted by Bill Hinkle (Antiochian Archdiocese), former Minority Whip of the Washington State House of Representatives. The program seeks to … [Read more...]

Orthodox Speakers at Acton University – 2013 [Audio]

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Acton University is a unique, four-day exploration of the intellectual foundations of a free society. Guided by a distinguished international faculty, Acton University is an opportunity to deepen your knowledge and integrate rigorous philosophy, Christian theology, and sound economics. At this year’s event, the following Orthodox speakers were featured: Fr. Gregory Jensen, Fr. Michael Butler and … [Read more...]

Same-Sex Marriage: A Conversation with Fr. Josiah Trenham and Abp. Salvatore Cordileone, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco [Audio/Video]

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Father Josiah interviews Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, one of America's most articulate champions of marriage and most persuasive opponent of so-called "Same-Sex Marriage." In this 30+ minute interview Archbishop Cordileone thoroughly goes on the record to explain the genesis of the movement for "Same-Sex Marriage" and exposes why the quest for redefining marriage is so destructive to the … [Read more...]

Jacobse: The Progressive Captivity of Orthodox Churches in America

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My reflection on the Acton - St. Vladimir's Poverty Conference was published on the Acton Institute website. From Acton: Rev. Johannes L. Jacobse looks at what was behind the criticism of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary’s partnership with the Acton Institute on a recent poverty conference. He points out that some who adhere to the “ancient faith” of Eastern Orthodoxy have very … [Read more...]

John Anderson on Reaching Millenials

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I am publishing this essay even though it is long because it the first serious discussion of the culture of the Millenials (20-30 Somethings) written by an Orthodox that I have come across. I know that author John Anderson hits some important points. I have been talking to Millenials over the last year and how they approach truth and authenticity is far different than what Boomers and even … [Read more...]

Fr. Alexander Schmemann on Socialism

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Socialism: “Man’s nature is to reject it, because it can only be thrust on people by force. The most fallen possession is closer to God’s design for man than malicious egalitarianism. Possession is what God gave me (which I usually (mis)use selfishly and sinfully), whereas equality is what government and society give me, and they give me something that does not belong to them. (The desire for) … [Read more...]

SVS Poverty Conference Challenges Progressive Economic Ideas [AUDIO]

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Challenging the Progressive Captivity of Orthodoxy in America The St. Vladimir's Seminary Conference on Poverty held during the last weekend of May, 2013 may portend a loosening of the Progressive grip on Orthodox thinking about morality and culture in America. Let's face it: the Orthodox contribution to American cultural discourse has been meager, often swept along by shallow bromides that … [Read more...]

ACTON – SVS Poverty Conference Sure to Spark Some Fireworks

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St. Vladimir's Conference on Poverty, May 31-June 1, 2013 Get details | Download flyer (pdf) As iron sharpens iron, says the book of Proverbs, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend. Remember that advice as the conference on poverty begins on May 31, 2013 at St. Vladimir's Seminary. The conference is led by the Acton Institute, arguably one of the most influential think tanks on … [Read more...]

For Most Atheists, Atheism is a Lifestyle Choice [VIDEO]

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Why Study Atheism with Conor Cunningham Atheists, if they are true to their premises, embrace nihilism.* Conor Cunningham looks at what is involved in the claims of 'atheism' and why those claims can be useful to the studies of the theologian. *Nihilism Source: Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy Nihilism is the belief that all values are baseless and that nothing can be known or … [Read more...]

Priests Don’t Answer Emails

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The complaint below about non-responsive priests and laity is accurate. But how do the non-responsives think people reach out to them? How do they think people react when their requests are ignored or rebuffed? What is so hard about returning a phone call or setting up even a one page website? Hint to priests who feel overwhelmed by the demands of their ministry and let items fall through … [Read more...]