Written on May, 17, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

…and so is commenting So, if you’re reading this blog and find what I post here interesting, please considering using the various sharing buttons to let other people know. It would also help me if you let a comment on a post you liked or used the rating stars to give me some feedback. Thank you! In Christ, +Fr Gregory

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The Palamas Institute for Orthodox Christian Pastoral Studies  is a program of adult faith formation and lay ministry training that provides Orthodox Christians and other interested Christians with the intellectual and practical tools need to live a vibrant life in Christian.  This life begins with a solid foundation in Sacred Scripture, dogmatic theology, liturgical and ascetical theology, as well as …

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Written on Oct, 10, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

A video of my PowerPoint presentation on consumerism and asceticism.

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But it is not just communists who oppose Columbus. Here, in the United States, the anti-Columbus movement was sparked by white supremacists nearly 100 years ago. In the 1920s, the Ku Klux Klan promoted negative characterizations of Columbus in order to vilify Catholics and immigrants, many of whom celebrated Columbus not only as a source of ethnic and religious pride …

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Source (Townhall.com) Jack Keswick, “Columbus, the West, and the Myth of the Noble Savage” The enemies of Columbus convict the West with having introduced violence to the New World, a “Native American” idyll in which indigenous peoples lived in total harmony with one another and nature. This, though, is a Big Lie. I think we would be more at peace …

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Source: (WSJ) Senator Phil Gramm writes: When is the last time you heard a tax-reform advocate point out that today the top 10% of income earners in America pay a larger share of the overall tax burden than anywhere else in the developed world? The most recent study on the distribution of the tax burden among nations was conducted by …

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Harvey Weinstein, Fox News, and the Power of Self-Interest By David French Here are his main points: How does it happen that Ailes and O’Reilly could thrive for so long at a network that at least seemed to grant Christians and social conservatives their highest and most powerful media platforms? Aren’t prominent Christians concerned with family values? And how does …

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Written on Sep, 26, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

It’s a new semester and I’m again teaching in St Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theology Seminary’s distance education program for youth ministers. This time around, I’m teaching Christian doctrine for youth minister. As I did last semester, I’ll post my class notes here. You are welcome to use them if you’d like. You’re also welcome to ask questions or offer your own thoughts on the material.

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Written on Sep, 21, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

The tradition of the Church reveals to me my own poverty and need for God and my neighbor for, well, everything. The other sees the tradition of the Church as something that erases my poverty and makes me rich.

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Written on Sep, 20, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Benjamin Schwarz in his review of The Sum of Small Things: A Theory of the Aspirational Class by Elizabeth Currid-Halkett  writes that the author describes …the process of “assortative mating” and elite bunching that Murray previously elucidated, Currid-Halkett explains that “smart people want to be around other smart people…over time that results in highly stratified hyper-educated affluent places.” The practical social …

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Written on Sep, 19, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Matt Ridley writes: Here is a simple fact about the world today: • climate change is doing more good than harm. Here is another fact: • climate change policy is doing more harm than good. These are both well-established facts, supported by a great deal of data, as I will demonstrate. Do these facts surprise you? It’s certainly not the …

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Those who claim that their lives should be such as to console no one and to be a burden or the occasion of grief to no one, who derive no joy from others’ success and inflict no bitterness on others with their own perversity, I would call not human beings but beasts. They have only one goal: neither to love …

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