Orthodoxy and the Death Penalty [AUDIO]

On March 9, 2011 the Governor of Illinois signed a law banning the death penalty in his state, commuting the death sentence of 15 prisoners on death row. In the current episode of The Illumined Heart, Fr Peter-Michael Preble, a staunch anti-death penalty advocate, and host Kevin Allen discuss the pros and cons of capital punishment from an Orthodox perspective. Listen here: Podcast courtesy … [Read more...]

Fr. Gregory Jenson: The Orthodox Church and Civil Society

Source: Koinonia Much like the Catholic Church, Mainline Protestant denominations and Evangelical Christians, the Orthodox Church is struggle to decide whether or not Christ has called us to take an active or a passive role in the world. By his example, Metropolitan Jonah has said we should be active–even proactive–while his critics, either out of fear of, or agreement with, the … [Read more...]

A Different Kind of Gay Marriage

This is very interesting. Does it really work? Would it work for Christians? Is it the right way to approach the question? Source: Hareetz.com | HT: Cranach: The Blog of Veith Ultra-orthodox Jews in Israel have come up with an acceptable form of gay marriage: gay men marry lesbians. Rabbis from the religious Zionist community have launched an initiative to marry gay men to lesbian … [Read more...]

Touchstone. Courage and Conversion: An Interview with Hadley Arkes

I read this article yesterday in Touchstone Magazine and was glad to find that it is featured this month on their website (I was going to recommend it today). Particularly encouraging is Arkes' conviction, which I also share, that we can find a way out of our present cultural morass. I'm not a fatalist despite the constant drumbeat that we are doomed (much coming from Orthodox quarters too as it … [Read more...]

WAPO: Metropolitan Jonah goes to Washington

Source: Washington Post | Julia Duin | Sunday, March 20, 11:13 AM They appeared at the edge of the crowd on the Mall, a group of men seemingly out of a distant century. Their heads were crowned with klobuks, the distinctive headgear of Orthodox clergy. Sporting black cassocks and untrimmed gray beards, with golden icons dangling from their necks on long chains, these visitors stood out among … [Read more...]