Information, Creativity, and Surprise

My review of Gilder's book published by the Acton Institute follows these preliminary comments. I believe that the book Knowledge and Power: The Information Theory of Capitalism and How it is Revolutionizing our World is indeed revolutionary. Author George Gilder is first an economist so this book, which he sees as the culmination of his life's work (Gilder also wrote Wealth and Poverty), is … [Read more...]

Thank You to Everyone Who Contributed

Please accept my heartfelt gratitude for the support you showed to a priest in need. He has asked me to convey his gratitude as well. The situation was nothing short of a crisis and your generosity has helped him leap over a canyon. He works hard, very hard in fact, but unjust treatment, a poor economy, and a very unexpected event for which he could not prepare all came together at the wrong … [Read more...]

Have Icon, Will Travel

The Ministry of an Orthodox Army Chaplain in Southwest Asia Post-9/11 by Alexander F. C. Webster This article appeared in the Nov/Dec 2013 issue of Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity. At 11:20 p.m. on April 3, 2010, a loud explosion broke the night silence around the main chapel on Bagram Air Field (BAF) in Afghanistan. I was putting on my vestments in preparation for the … [Read more...]

Estocin: Four Orthodox Christian Lessons from Martin Luther King Jr.

Download Four Orthodox Christian Lessons from Martin Luther King Jr. (pdf). By: Andrew F. Estocin Our Church has never hesitated to fight, when it felt it must, for the rights of mankind….there are times when we must risk everything, including life itself, for those basic American ideals of freedom, justice, and equality, without which this land cannot survive. Our hope and prayer, … [Read more...]

How the Faith was Lost in the Church of England

Source: Virtue Online | Alan Marsh When the Church becomes a fixed part of the local landscape, it ceases to preach repentance and conversion, and instead "reaches out" with social programs Mainstream churches, Catholic, Anglican and most of the Protestants have allowed themselves to become too closely identified with the surrounding society - even if not formally "Established" they are … [Read more...]

Pat. Bartholomew: Christmas Enyclical Affirms Unborn Life and Traditional Marriage

In what can only be termed as a remarkable shift in tone and emphasis, Ecumenical Patriarchate Bartholomew soundly defends the sanctity of unborn life in his recent Christmas Encyclical. His Holiness writes: The Lord assumed and sanctified all of human nature. The pre-eternal God condescended to become for us an embryo and be borne inside the womb of the Theotokos. In so doing, He both … [Read more...]

Socrates in the City: Eric Metaxas interviews Dr. Stephen Meyer on Intelligent Design [VIDEO]

Darwin, the scientific method, Danny DeVito, and Cher all manage to find a place in this mind-boggling and entertaining conversation between Eric Metaxas and Stephen Meyer, at the Union League Club in New York City on September 12, 2013. It's things like this that make me wish I lived in New York. Many thanks to Socrates in the City for making this available on video. To skip intro start at … [Read more...]

A Miracle by Elder Paisios

I held off talking about this miracle by Elder Paisios publicly until the miracle was complete, which it nearly is. I was asked to write an account of the miracle to be included in the papers sent to the Ecumenical Patriarchate where a decision will be made soon on the canonization of Elder Paisios as a Saint. I offer it here for the glory of God and the edification of the reader. December … [Read more...]

Is Religious Freedom in Peril?

Last night syndicated columnist Terry Mattingly and myself (Fr. Hans Jacobse) discussed where religious freedom in America was under assault. The discussion was, I believe, informative. I was very impressed with Mattingly's comprehensive knowledge and analysis of the legal challenges concerning religious liberty. The discussion focused on the moral issues, particularly gay rights, as the locus of … [Read more...]

Patriarch John X Speaks on the Abducted Nuns of Maaloula, Syria

Source: Antiochian Archdiocese His Beatitude John X, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, issued the following remarks on December 5, 2013 at a press conference in Balamand, Lebanon: Amidst the calamities besetting Syria and the bloodshed afflicting our people and amidst the uncertainty that still surrounds the fate of our metropolitans Boulos and Youhanna in Aleppo, it is with deep pain … [Read more...]

Dylan Pahman: Climate Change, the Green Patriarch, and the Disposition of Fear

Source: Acton Powerblog | Dylan Pahman Today at First Things’ On the Square feature, I question the tone and timing of Patriarch Batholomew’s recent message on climate change. While I do not object to him making a statement about the subject in conjunction with the opening of the Warsaw Climate Change Conference, his initial reference, then silence, with regards to Typhoon Haiyan … [Read more...]

Fr. Robert Sirico Broadens the Discussion on Religion, Freedom and Poverty Begun by Pope Francis [VIDEO]

Fr. Robert Sirico, president and co-founder of the Acton institute which is arguably the most creative think tank on religion and economics in America today, takes a closer look at Pope Francis' recent statements about the world economy. Below is a blog post authored by John Couretas who works at Acton. Source: Acton Institute Power Blog | John Couretas Video: Rev. Robert A. Sirico … [Read more...]