September 2, 2014

Rod Dreher: It’s Time Bishops Man Up

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Earlier this year, there was a battle-royal raging among the elites of my church, the Orthodox Church in America, over the leadership style of Metropolitan Jonah, the primate. A number of the bishops on the Synod were plotting against him, along with some key and vocal activists associated with the OCA old guard. I involved myself in the defense of Jonah, blogging under a pseudonym to prevent … [Read more...]

Mark Steyn on Free Speech

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Steyn: "One of the great strengths of common law has been its general antipathy toward group rights because the ultimate minority is the individual. The minute you have collective rights, you require dramatically enhanced state power to mediate the hierarchy of different victim groups." … [Read more...]

San Jose Articles Challenge UN Position of a Universal Right to Abortion

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Source: Touchstone Magazine - Mere Comments Download the San Jose articles (.pdf). This relates to a press conference yesterday. At the end you will find a link for the San Jose Articles. It is a strong and impressive statement of principle, with impressive signatories. PRESS ADVISORY, October 5, 2011 UN Officials Wrong. No Right to Abortion.New Expert Document Issued at United … [Read more...]

Obama Court Case Could Force Christian Schools, Churches to Employ HIV-Positive, Transgender Teacher

Coming soon to a Christian school near you?

Source: The Right's Writer | Ben Johnson I wrote recently of the Obama administration’s Supreme Court challenge to the “ministerial exception.” If successful, the government will allow Christian schoolteachers and church employees who are considered “ministers” to sue their churches for violating anti-discrimination laws. There is a deeper, more disturbing aspect … [Read more...]

New Book: Greece’s Dostoevsky

Greece's Dostoevsky: The Theological Vision of Alexandros Papadiamandis

From the publisher: Herman A. Middleton is author of Precious Vessels of the Holy Spirit: The Lives and Counsels of Contemporary Elders of Greece (featuring eight Greek Orthodox monastic elders). He translated the recently released Greece's Dostoevsky: The Theological Vision of Alexandros Papadiamandis (a study of one of modern Greek literature's finest writers). It is about his new book … [Read more...]

Why Pastors Must Be Free To Preach On Politics

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Source: Town Hall | John Sears | HT: OrthodoxNex.com Blog On Sunday, October 2, hundreds of pastors all over the country did something an astonishingly large number of their fellow Americans had forgotten they had the God-given right to do: namely, address political issues and candidates during a worship service. Across the nearly 60 years since then U.S. Senator Lyndon Johnson pushed … [Read more...]

CNS News: More than 2,000 Evangelical, Orthodox Chaplains Join Catholics in Opposing Pentagon Directive on Same-Sex Marriage

President Barack Obama signs the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Here's one way for the Orthodox to get noticed: do what is right. Source: CNSNews (CNSNews.com) – A national group representing more than 2,000 military chaplains from evangelical Christian and Orthodox backgrounds said on Wednesday that the Pentagon has launched a “direct assault” on marriage, and the chaplains they endorse will not be allowed to perform same-sex … [Read more...]

La Stampa: Divisions in Orthodox Church Hinder Pope’s Meeting with Patriarch of Moscow

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We are getting more news from the Catholic/Italian press than we are from Orthodox sources. This report appears reliable; the author has a good grasp of the ecclessiological disagreements between Constantinople and Moscow, particularly the conflict about what constitutes primacy in Orthodoxy. This question must be settled before a Pan-Orthodox Council can take place and before dialogue with Rome … [Read more...]

The Legacy of Communism, Abortion, and Other Anti-Life Philosophies in Russia [VIDEO]

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Population Research Institute Ideas have consequences, and the legacy of bad ideas is self-destruction. This video examines the legacy of the anti-life and anti-family ideas of that Communist ideology imposed on Russia after the Bolshevik Revolution. These same ideas that ravaged the Russian nation are today prevalent in the West. Abortion, the redefinition of marriage, the elevation of … [Read more...]

Hadley Arkes. From California: Another Front in the Culture Wars

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Source: Ruth Institute | By Hadley Arkes From California again we get a glimpse of the future – or the future that a political class is consciously seeking to prepare for us in reshaping the culture. During the summer the legislature enacted, and Governor Jerry Brown signed into law, SB48, as an amendment to “the Education Code, relating to instruction.” That Code had already made ample … [Read more...]

David Roemer: Christianity and Politics

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David Roemer, an email acquaintance and contributing writer on OrthodoxyToday.org, was recently interviewed on a Christian radio station with a gracious host who was unaware how Christian thought can engage the broader culture. Roemer was just as gracious in return. The result is a delightful primer on important and necessary things. (30 second ad precedes audio.) Source: Blog Talk … [Read more...]

John Couretas: National Council of Churches ‘Balancing the Budget on the Backs of the Poor’?

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Source: Acton Power Blog | John C. Couretas A “budget is a moral document,” right? The Institute on Religion & Democracy reports that following the loss of a major donor, the National Council of Churches (NCC) finds itself “closer than ever before to the precipice” of financial collapse. The progressive/liberal church coalition, comprised largely of mainline Protestant and Orthodox … [Read more...]