Osama is Dead. Now What Should I Feel?

Source: OrthodoxyToday.org Last night, like most of the world, I was captivated by the announcement that the President of the United States would be making a statement at 10:30 p.m. As I Tweeted this information, I added the line that this could not be good. Presidents do not often come on at 10:30 on a Sunday night to announce good news. So, like the rest of the world, I waited and watched the … [Read more...]

Humility, Prudence, and Earth Day

Source: Acton Institute | John Couretas At a World Council of Churches conference last year on the French-Swiss border, much was made of the “likelihood of mass population displacement” driven by climate change and the mass migration of people fleeing zones inundated by rising seas. While the WCC acknowledged that “there are no solid estimates” about the likely numbers … [Read more...]

Met. Hilarion: Life is given for us to exercise in virtue

Homily on the Sunday of St. John Climacus, author of The Ladder of Divine Ascent. Source: Department for External Church Relations of the Russian Orthodox Church This book was written in the 7th century for the monks on Mount Sinai, but it is still relevant today. It presents the entire spiritual life of a Christian as a ladder of ascent to God. There are thirty stairs in it, … [Read more...]

What to Believe? – The soul-searching personal journeys of Bart Ehrman & James Berends [VIDEO]

Source: Orthodox Christian Fellowship Press release of the talk yesterday evening (February 17, 2011) and archived below. CHAPEL HILL, NC - FEBRUARY 4, 2011 -- The New York Times best-selling author Bart Ehrman and Eastern Orthodox priest James Berends will give a free public presentation at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 17, at the FedEx Global Education Center on the University of … [Read more...]

Fr. Hopko: 10 Essential Conditions for Coming to Know God’s Truth and Finding Life

By Fr. Thomas Hopko   1. The belief that the truth of things can be known, and the desire to know the truth and to do it, wherever it leads, is most essential. Indeed it is everything. When people have this desire and seek truth in order to do it, and are ready to do it whatever it takes to find it, know it and do it, God promises that they will find, and understand and live. In a sense, … [Read more...]