October 22, 2014

Fr. Johannes L. Jacobse: Constantine and the Great Transformation

Emperor Constantine (Byzantine mosaic ca. 1000 from the Hagia Sophia)

Acton Institute just published my review of Peter J. Leithart's Defending Constantine: The Twilight of an Empire and the Dawn of Christendom. It appears on their website and in the upcoming issue of Religion and Liberty. Source: Acton Institute | Rev. Johannes L. Jacobse Defending Constantine by Peter J. Leithart (IVP Academic, 2010) Reviewed by Johannes L. Jacobse The argument … [Read more...]

New and Controversial: “Homosexuality in the Orthodox Church” Just Published

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From the Press Release: 12/2/2011 Controversial Book ‘Homosexuality in the Orthodox Church’ Published; Editor Justin R. Cannon Says Constant Focus on ‘Sex’ and ‘Sin’ Misguided Newly-published book “Homosexuality in the Orthodox Church” offers a brief overview of the experience of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and trans Christians in the life of the … [Read more...]

Everything You Think You Know About the Dark Ages is Wrong

The Abacus and the Cross

By Nancy Marie Brown | Source: Religion Dispatches The Abacus and the Cross: The Story of the Pope Who Brought the Light of Science to the Dark Ages Nancy Marie Brown Basic Books (2010) What inspired you to write The Abacus and the Cross? I was introduced to The Scientist Pope through an act of grace. Writing my previous book, The Far Traveler, about an adventurous Viking woman, I found … [Read more...]

Two articles worth your time

From the most recent First Things (and, surprisingly, online too): Robert P. George, God and Gettysburg Matthew J. Millner, The Desert Fathers: Finding a Greek Orthodox monastery against a stark Arizona backdrop. Oops, not available online. Read it the next time you are at Borders or B&N. … [Read more...]

A Rather Less Than New Kind of Christianity

Here's my latest review for the Oooze. You can find this review and others here. The critiques I've read of Brian McLaren's new book A New Kind of Christianity: Ten Questions That Are Transforming the Faith condemn it as heretical. Key to this judgment is that they all evaluate the book based on a canon of orthodoxy that I would characterizes as a loosely post-Reformation … [Read more...]

Orthodox Natural Law Theory

As some have argued here, the Church's witness requires her to clearly articulate her anthropological vision.  The challenges that face both the Church and the larger society flow from competing visions of what it means to be human. The articulation of an Orthodox understanding of the human person is central to our moral witness in the public square, to our evangelical witness in the human … [Read more...]

Father Arseny: Fact or Fiction?

Sweeter than Honey

Some of you may be aware that there is a discussion occurring asking whether Fr. Arseny actually existed as a real person or is he a literary creation. Dr. Peter Bouteneff in his podcast "Sweeter than Honey" examines this question in light of recent Soviet history, particularly how history was often erased in the Soviet period; personal testimonies of people still alive; the nature of literary … [Read more...]

Wesley J. Smith interviewed on National Review Online

Wesley J. Smith, noted author on human rights and occasional commentator on the AOI Blog was interviewed on National Review Online on his upcoming book, A Rat Is a Pig Is a Dog Is a Boy: The Human Cost of the Animal Rights Movement. Smith discusses the difference between animal rights and animal welfare, human exceptionalism, the ongoing devaluation of human life, and about his friendship with … [Read more...]

Review: How the Byzantines Saved Europe

The Surprising Life of  Medieval Empire

The Oxford Handbook of Byzantine Studies. Edited by Elizabeth Jeffreys, John Haldon, Robin Cormack. Oxford University Press (2008) Byzantium: The Surprising Life of a Medieval Empire by Judith Herrin. Princeton University Press (2008) Ask the average college student to identify the 1,100 year old empire that was, at various points in its history, the political, commercial, artistic and … [Read more...]

The Theological Roots of Nazism and Stalinism

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