August 30, 2014

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 Fr. Johannes Jacobse. Audio courtesy of Ancient Faith Radio. Audio is available for purchase at the Acton Institute. Listen here: East Meets West: Consumerism and Asceticism Fr. Gregory Jensen Asceticism is concerned with the “inner transformation of the human person, in his being progressively conformed to Christ.” Understood in this way, asceticism has a foundational role to play in any Christian response to the practical and anthropological challenges of consumerism. Orthodoxy and Natural Law Fr. Michael Butler Eastern Orthodoxy is … [Read more...]

Fr. Michael Butler: Orthodoxy and Environmentalism [AUDIO]

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As a companion to the text of His Beatitude Metropolitan Jonah's address ("Ascestism and the Consumer Society") at Acton University published here, we're posting the audio from a lecture by the Very Rev. Michael Butler on Orthodoxy and Environmentalism. We're grateful to the Acton Institute for making this lecture available to AOI. To purchase a copy of Fr. Butler's lecture, or other talks from AU 2011, please visit the organization's Digital Downloads store (files are $2.99 each). Fr. Butler, pastor of St. Innocent the Apostle to America Church in Olmsted Falls, Ohio, is also working on an Acton scholarly monograph on Orthodoxy and Environmentalism with Professor Andrew Morriss of the University of Alabama. Prof. Morriss is the D. Paul Jones, Jr. & Charlene Angelich Jones Chairholder of Law. Fr. Butler's course description: Orthodoxy and Environmentalism Apart from statements by Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople (the “Green Patriarch”), the Orthodox Church has not … [Read more...]

Ambiguorum Blogis: The miscellaneous thoughts of Fr Michael Butler — goes live.

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I always welcome the emergence of new contributions on Orthodoxy and culture by thoughtful commentators. Orthodox Christianity has much to give this country, indeed all of the Christian West, but our thinking has been underdeveloped and our contributions sparse. Much of this is due of course to historical circumstance; Orthodox Christianity is only now finding its voice in the public square. We've seen the contributions primarily in the new media, blogs mostly, but also in journals and elsewhere. We see it on all levels too, from the academy to cultural gatekeepers to those of us who, as Hayek says, are "merchants of ideas." Fr. Michael Butler, a priest in the Orthodox Church in America, just entered the fray and, if his first few posts are any indication, it looks like a blog deserving a place in your favorites folder. John Couretas, Communications Director at the Action Institute wrote a fine introduction copied below. Fr. Michael blogs at the Ambiguorum Blogis. Advising … [Read more...]