Acton Blog: Dunn, Oikonomia, and Assault Weapons: Misappropriating a Principle?


For better or for worse (probably better) discussion of Orthodox teaching to cultural issues and every day life takes place more often on public blogs than anywhere else. Some critics deride the development of a virtual public square but how does it differ from essays written on paper except that delivery is faster? Moreover, the quality of the writing is often good and sometimes excellent. … [Read more...]

Fr. Gregory Jensen – Canons and Guns: An Eastern Orthodox Response to a HuffPo Writer

Fr. Gregory Jensen

Source: Acton Institute Power Blog | Fr. Gregory Jensen Several of my friends on Facebook pages posted a link to David Dunn’s Huffington Post essay on gun control (An Eastern Orthodox Case for Banning Assault Weapons). As Dylan Pahman posted earlier today, Dunn, an Eastern Orthodox Christian, is to be commended for bringing the tradition of the Orthodox Church into conversation with … [Read more...]

Homosexual Marriage at the Dusk of Liberty


- By Fr. Johannes L. Jacobse To define homosexual coupling as marriage violates natural law. It takes one male and one female to create a child and constitute a family. A male-to-male or female-to-female coupling is naturally sterile; biologically closed to the creation of new life. A homosexual "family" then, is necessarily an artificial creation. Marriage is not a creation of the State; it … [Read more...]

Fr. Gregory Jensen: A Field Guide for the Hero’s Journey – Part 1 [Book Review]

Fr. Gregory Jensen

Source: Koinonia The Pursuit of Freedom & Wealth. Though both are good neither freedom nor wealth are morally sufficient ends in themselves for the human family. Like freedom, wealth is for something. Actually strictly speaking wealth and freedom are both in the service of human flourishing. In the Christian tradition this means that both human freedom and all the myriad forms that wealth … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Hilarion Blasts Anglicans for Renouncing the Faith

Metropolitan Hilarion

In a recent speech at Villanova University, Met. Hilarion (Alfeyev) of the Russian Orthodox Church said that dialogue between the Orthodox and Anglicans are under threat because of the abandonment of the Christian moral tradition by the Anglican communion. Orthodox and Anglicans find themselves "on different sides of the abyss which separate Christians of a traditional direction and Christians … [Read more...]

Tolerance is Not a Christian Virtue

Roman Catholic Apb. Chaput

- Hang on to your hat folks. The title does not say Christians should be intolerant. It says instead that tolerance is not an end itself but merely an important working principle in moral discourse and inquiry. Below is a summary of the point given by Abp. Chaput of the Roman Catholic Church. It is taken from a recent speech he gave back in 2009. He spoke to a Catholic audience thus the … [Read more...]

The America of 2013


America is in a very deep moral crisis. Source: American Thinker | Steve McCann Americans take great umbrage whenever they, as a society, are portrayed by the residents of other nations as self-centered, avaricious and overbearing. While an egregious exaggeration in the past, is it an accurate description now? Who are the American people today and what sort of country is the United … [Read more...]

Recreation of the Icon by Iconographer Lynette Hull


Re-creation of the Icon: Lynette Hull at TEDxCapeMay 2012 - Recreation and Re-creation" Lynette Hull is an American iconographer trained in the methods of fifteenth century Russian-Byzantine iconology. Since 2002, she has studied under master iconographer Vladislav Adrejev, founder of the Prosopon School of iconology. The Prosopon school, while committed to preserving the creative techniques … [Read more...]

Asceticism and the Free Society

Dylan Pahman

The underlying thesis in the essay below is that 1) man is fundamentally a moral being, and 2) the restoration of culture is fundamentally a moral enterprise. The essay is reproduced by permission of the Acton Institute but note something about that: There is more interest in the Orthodox contribution about the intersections of faith and culture outside of Orthodox circles than within it. What … [Read more...]

“There’s Plenty of Freedom, But Little Truth”: Solzhenitsyn Remembered

Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Source: HT: Acton Blog Back when I was a college student I stumbled on Alexander Solzhenitsyn's "Harvard Address" in the library. I read it and knew immediately that Orthodox Christianity contained the spiritual depth I was looking for as a Christian. I had no real idea what Orthodox Christianity was and started reading up on it. I assumed too that Orthodox Churches existed only in … [Read more...]

The Twelve Days of Christmas


Orthodox Christians need to remain faithful to their traditions. In the Christian tradition of both east and west, the twelve days of Christmas refer to the period from Christmas Day to Theophany. The days leading up to Christmas were for preparation; a practice affirmed in the Orthodox tradition by the Christmas fast that runs from November 15 to Christmas day. The celebration of Christmas did … [Read more...]

Wesley J. Smith Analyzes the Election


Granted, the ideas expressed in Wesley J. Smith's commentary below are preliminary, but the (still to be developed) core of the essay is this: a large part of the last election dealt with cultural shift particularly how we understand of the individual and community. Yet, even formulating the problem in this way is incorrect because strictly speaking the individual does not exist. A person is … [Read more...]