Orthodox Lectures at Acton University, June 2015 [AUDIO]

Acton University

Ancient Faith Radio is pleased to present the Orthodox lectures from the 2015 Acton University, a week long event that draws people from around the world which took place this past June.

The lectures were delivered by Frs. Johannes Jacobse, Gregory Jensen and Michael Butler. Two more lectures were delivered by Dylan Pahlman, research fellow at the Acton Institute.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: Prophet and Critic – Fr. Johannes Jacobse

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, the courageous Russian writer, contributed indispensably to bringing down the Soviet Union. Conventional Western opinion sees his story, too, as ending then. But the conflict of good against evil and truth against lies runs throughout the moral universe, not just the Soviet scene. Moreover, half of his writings are not yet in English. This course explores the unknown Solzhenitsyn.

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 has been ambivalent about natural law. This lecture considers how natural law thinking might work in distinctly Orthodox ways of considering the relationship between faith and reason and examines some implications that might be useful today.

Introduction to Orthodox Social Thought – Dylan Pahman

This course offers an introduction to fundamental principles for Orthodox Christian social thought.

Markets and Monasticism – Dylan Pahman

This course offers a brief survey and analysis of the historical interaction between Christian monasticism and markets, both East and West. The overwhelmingly positive practice of monastic enterprise since the beginning of the movement offers an important context for monastic teachings on wealth, possessions, and poverty, and challenges common caricatures of monasticism as being of no “earthly” good.


  1. Christopher says

    Thanks for posting these – I did not know they existed. The trend from Orthodox lately has been to denigrate natural law reasoning (rather than recognize it’s limits and take what is good from it), however the “ontological” approach has it’s limitations also (e.g. the “necessary evil” morality it seems to lead to – necessarily 😉 ).

    I’m looking forward to finding the time to listen to all these lectures…

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