Category : Church History

Written on Feb, 23, 2017 by in | 1 Comment.

Given the range of options available to people, it isn’t surprising that, like other Christian communities, the Orthodox Church has in recent years suffered significant, numerical losses.

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Written on Jan, 30, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Looking at the data, America has been a social and economic blessing for Orthodox Christians. We are, on average, younger and better educated than most other religious traditions. We are also fairly well-off economically. But this doesn’t exhaust the data on the Church in America.

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… Iakovos was also a champion of civil and human rights who showed his support to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. not only with his words, but also with his actions. He was one of the first powerful people to embrace the ideas of Dr. King and march hand in hand with him in 1965 in Selma, Ala.

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Written on Jan, 18, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Whether we like it or not, and as a priest I must confess I both do and don’t like it, historically choosing one’s faith is the American norm. And today, much like America at it’s founding more and more Americans are unchurched. More Americans and especially those under 30, are choosing to be “unaffiliated,” to have no institutional religious identity.

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Whatever might be the contemporary roots of Hart’s moral reasoning on economics, his argument that wealth is evil is more in keeping with the thought of the early Christian heretic Pelagius than with, for example, Ambrose, Augustine, Basil the Great and John Chrysostom. These fathers were all critical of wealth and the wealthy but avoided the extremes found in Pelagius.

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Written on Apr, 06, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

To proclaim that Christians and Muslims have the same God, and to hold to that, believing thereby that one has brought the debate to its term, denotes only a superficial approach. Their Gods do not partake in the same discourse, do not put forward the same values, do not propose for humanity the same destiny and do not concern themselves …

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Written on Apr, 05, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

Regensburg Revisited: Ten Years Later, A West Still in Denial Irrationality not only manifests itself in violence but also in an inability to apply authentic reason to the many pressing challenges of our age. Dr. Samuel Gregg Source: Catholic World Report Related articles Immigration, Reason, and Responsibility

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Written on Aug, 20, 2015 by in | Leave a comment

Given its status as local and not ecumenical, we ought not to make too much of the council’s comments on property which are, at best, tangential to the primary concern of reconciling apostates. Nevertheless, the off handed way in which property is mentioned suggests the moral importance of property.

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Written on Aug, 07, 2015 by in | Leave a comment

Canons of the Holy Apostles Canon XLIV: Let a bishop, presbyter, or deacon, who takes usury from those who borrow of him, give up doing so, or be deposed.   First Nicea (325) Canon XVII: Forasmuch as many enrolled among the Clergy, following covetousness and lust of gain, have forgotten the divine Scripture, which says, “He hath not given his …

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Written on Aug, 07, 2015 by in | Leave a comment

Canons of the Holy Apostles Canon XXIX: If any bishop, presbyter, or deacon, shall obtain possession of that dignity by money, let both him and the person who ordained him be deposed, and also altogether cut off from all communion, as Simon Magus was by me, Peter.   First Nicea (325) Canon XII: As many as were called by grace, …

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