August 30, 2014

Renewing Christendom: T.S. Eliot – The Journey of the Magi [AUDIO]

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Below is a rare recording taken from a live interview T.S. Eliot did for the BBC during World War II. Eliot reads his poem "The Journey of Magi" where the sojourner retraces the steps of the Magi in his own time and place. The poem recalls a time when the knowledge of Christ was more widespread than it is today, and those who have come to the Orthodox faith and grasped the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ that rests at its center, like a babe lying in the manger, will understand its penetration into the symbolic, and thus sacred, dimensions of every day existence. I have included both the poem and a literary analysis alongside it that was written in 1956. We might quibble with the critic's exaggerated sense of existential despair when he asserts that the new birth brings no new hope or clarified vision (the latter apparent in the last line), but overall it's a fair-minded reading. Much literary criticism, like much historiography, was better before ideology captured the minds of … [Read more...]

Frederica Mathewes-Green: Gay Rights [AUDIO]

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Frederica's podcast does not offer the definitive answer on homosexuality, but it is laced with the graciousness, compassion, and fidelity to Orthodox teaching that has become her hallmark over the years. It's worth a listen, even if only as a reminder that good people struggle with same-sex attraction who don't adopt the ideological rigidity of the activist and others who insist on a moral parity between opposite-sex and same-sex behaviors. Listen here: … [Read more...]

Interview with Met. Hilarion on Unity and Primacy in the Orthodox Church [AUDIO]

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I published the article below earlier, but after listening to the recording of the interview, there's a lot more to report. The planning for a Pan-Orthodox Council continues, and one of the benefits is that thorny issues raised in the past such as the granting of autocephaly, the role of the Patriarch of Constantinople in world Orthodoxy and others are finally getting serious attention. Reading between the lines, it is clear that Constantinople's claims to universal supremacy have been rejected although they still possess a primacy of honor and limited authority to call a council and so forth. Met. Hilarion speaks highly of Pope Benedict calling him a "man of faith" and expressing particular appreciation of Benedict's knowledge of Orthodoxy. No promises concerning a meeting between Rome and Moscow are promised, although the newest date mentioned is 2013 which represents the 1700th anniversary of the signing of the Edict of Milan. Listen here: Source: Catholic News … [Read more...]

Two Podcasts from Fr. Peter Heer on New Martyr Fr. Daniel Sysoev [AUDIO]

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The is a broad-ranging talk containing many good ideas that reveal deep insight about living our faith in Christ in modern culture. About Fr Peter Heer: From his mountaintop village, Petrokerasa, Greece, Fr. Peter Heer shares with us his ten years of experience of living the Faith and serving the Church in Greece, and in particular the ancient Church of the Thessalonians. It was to the Church of Thessalonica that the Apostle Paul preached the Faith 2,000 years ago and the wonderworker and hierarch Holy Gregory Palamas expounded his divine theology more than 500 years ago. On visits to parishes and monasteries, and in interviews with clergy and laymen, Fr. Peter, as an American convert, introduces us to the ancient practice of the Church in Greece in terms and ways we can readily understand and apply to our contemporary way of life. Podcasts courtesy of Ancient Faith Radio. HT: Byzantine, TX The New Martyr Father Daniel and the Royal Path in the Mission of the Church Father … [Read more...]

What Can Evangelicals and Orthodox Learn from One Another? [AUDIO]

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Met. Timothy Ware: "We Orthodox have the fullness of the faith but we do not live it out. Our treasures remain hidden and we do not live up to what we should be doing...Orthodox Christians are nominal and formal in their faith." A lecture delivered at North Park University in Chicago in Feb of 2011 with His Eminence Metropolitan Kallistos Ware, Professor Emeritus in Eastern Orthodox Studies at Oxford University, and Bishop of Diokleia. Metropolitan Ka!istos is widely regarded as perhaps the world’s leading theologian of the Eastern Orthodox Church today . Podcast courtesy of Ancient Faith Radio. The following is a private interview with Illumined Heart guest host John Maddex. Podcast courtesy of Ancient Faith Radio. … [Read more...]

WRR Dallas: Interview with Met. Hilarion, Meets Former President George Bush

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WRR Classical 101.1 in Dallas interviewed Met. Hilarion the afternoon before his concert. In the interview he discusses how he composes the music, his 20 year hiatus from composition, and more. It's an engaging interview that reveals some of the personal side of Met. Hilarion. Earlier that day Met. Hilarion met with former President George Bush. Source: mospat.ru. HT: Byzantine, TX. On the morning of February 11th a meeting of Metropolitan Hilarion and former U.S. President George W. Bush was held. They spoke for over an hour. The two sides exchanged views on a wide range of issues. In particular, the DECR chairman shared his vision for the inter-Christian dialogue, stressing the need to work together representatives of different Christian denominations in the preservation of traditional moral values. To commemorate the meeting the chairman of the DECR gave former President George Bush his book "Orthodox Christianity: The History and Canonical Structure" in English and a … [Read more...]

Living in the Ruins of Christendom – Part 2

Medical doctor (M.D.) and doctor of Philosophy (PhD.), author and university professor, Dr (Herman) Tristram Engelhardt, Jr. explains why our culture is post-Christian and post-metaphysical, how it got that way, and what the implications and challenges are for the Orthodox family. Interview by Kevin Allen. Listen to Part 1 here. Listen here: … [Read more...]

Living in the Ruins of Christendom – Part 1

Medical doctor (M.D.) and doctor of Philosophy (PhD.), author and university professor, Dr (Herman) Tristram Engelhardt, Jr. explains why our culture is post-Christian and post-metaphysical, how it got that way, and what the implications and challenges are for the Orthodox family. Interview by Kevin Allen. Listen to Part 2 here. Listen here: … [Read more...]

Evangelism and Orthodoxy – Part 2

Does the Church merely provide religious lubrication for secular pursuits? All too often it does, answers Fr. Andrew Damick in his latest "Road to Emmaeus" podcast. The belief that "evangelism is not something the Orthodox Church does, or should be doing" is the overwhelming opinion of many Orthodox believers who have been "asleep for centuries." This is compelling stuff, bracing in its frankness, and hopeful in that way that speaking the truth provides hope. Part 2 of a lecture on evangelism given on March 7, 2010, at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Bethlehem, PA, at a gathering of the Fellowship of Orthodox Christians of the Lehigh Valley. Listen to Part 1. Fr. Andrew references an evangelistic pamphlet in his talk. Download it here and print. … [Read more...]

Podcast: The Animal Rights Movement from an Orthodox perspective

The Illumined Heart on Ancient Faith Radio with Kevin Allen

Human exceptionalism advocate and author Wesley J. Smith speaks with host Kevin Allen about the animal rights-animal liberation movement and its insistence on the "moral equivalence" between animals and humans! How does this compare with Orthodox teachings about the "brotherhood" of humans, animals and inanimate nature (St Gregory Palamas)? Listen and find out ! Listen here: … [Read more...]

Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick: Home, Community, Church

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From the podcast: "We are called to be pilgrims in this world. But if you have ever gone on a pilgrimage, you know the experience is dominated by place -- whether it's the destination, or the journey to it. One cannot be a pilgrim and be nowhere. The pilgrim is where he is. He is changed by the place where he is, and his presence changes it. " Good stuff and worth a listen. Visit Fr. Andrew's blog Roads from Emmaus. Listen here: … [Read more...]

Fr. Chad Hatfield: The Manhattan Declaration

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Ancient Faith Radio Fr. Chad Hatfield, discusses The Manhattan Declaration, "a call of Christian conscience" that he helped produce, and defends Orthodox participation in such cultural manifestos. Listen here: … [Read more...]