August 1, 2014

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 – Evangelism and Orthodoxy

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Addition: Just listened to the entire podcast. I'm giving AOI readers an assignment: listen to this podcast. +++++++++ 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 1 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. Fr. Andrew references an evangelistic pamphlet in his talk. Download it here and print. … [Read more...]

Pentecost, Lincoln and the American Experiment

One of the things that interests me a great deal is the relationship between the Tradition of the Orthodox Church and the founding political philosophy of the American experiment. At the risk of appearing overly critical, or even dismissive, I think the failure of Orthodoxy in America is our not having engaged theologically and critically the American experiment on its own terms. Instead we have been willing to use America without necessarily seeing ourselves as obligated to contribute anything to her. In this the Church has allowed herself to become merely one interest group among others. The Orthodox Church has not engaged the American experiment as yeast in the dough. We have contented ourselves instead merely to fit within the broad, and decadent, framework of modern identity politics. This failure is more than simply a matter of our presenting ourselves as an ethnic, albeit religiously themed community. Even when the religious character of the Church is focal, it is often the … [Read more...]