Category : Formation

Written on Jun, 12, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

…just as Michael Brown served as an avatar for many minority communities who were tired of being ignored, Trump is an avatar for many rural and exurban whites who feel the same way. Thus, rejection of, or even criticism of, Trump for any specific issue (e.g., Trump’s false implication that Philadelphia Eagles players kneeled during the National Anthem and disrespected …

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Reflecting on the vitriol of contemporary American politics, David French writes that Increasingly, however, we can’t handle “normal” without escalation, and the reason lies outside politics. We live in a time of normal political stakes and abnormal cultural change. We’re running a large-scale, uncontrolled cultural experiment on the minds and hearts of Americans, combining fracturing families, declining religiosity, economic transformation, and …

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Written on Jun, 08, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

Rev. Dr. Vaseilios Thermos, a psychiatrist, professor, and priest of the Church of Greece, has a provocative post at Public Orthodoxy (Fundamentalism: Theology in the Service of Psychosis – Public Orthodox). Here’s a preview: Paradoxically, although religious fundamentalism is a fanatical opponent of the discipline of psychology, it actually is a form of psychologism. It assesses through habit, not through …

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Written on Jun, 08, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

No, the laity doesn’t owe obedience to the priest.

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Written on Jun, 07, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

For many, the Gospel is less about picking up the cross and following Jesus and more a coping mechanism. Yes, I can use the Gospel to protect myself from the bumps and bruises (and worse) of life. Doing so, however, means that I prefer the things of God more than God Himself.

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Written on Apr, 04, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

When, as Orthodox Christians, we emphasize the importance of human freedom (and all the rights and privileges that we have come to expect as Americans) our concern is in defending is the ability of the soul to imitate either the Harlot or Judas. Human freedom is not for us an end in itself. It is rather for something.

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Written on Apr, 03, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

A “profitable” servant must also be of service to others. I must create value in the lives of neighbors. Just as in the marketplace, this means respecting their freedom. A profitable servant can’t compel others to accept his or her service. What is freely given, must be freely received (see, Matthew 10:5-8). This, in turn, requires that I offer my service to you freely (that is without coercion) that you freely received (or not) the offered service I would do for you.

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Written on Apr, 02, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

Building on the work of depth psychologists like Carl Jung, [psychologist Jordan] Peterson argues that well-functioning human adult beings must hold themselves accountable to objective moral standards. They ask difficult questions of themselves that demand clear responses. What constitutes a healthy and attractive body? What does it mean to be financially secure? Why doesn’t Sarah want to go out with …

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Written on Apr, 02, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

Because inner freedom–what the text refers to as the ‘freedom of soul’–is what matters, I might wrongly think that political or soul freedom is unimportant.

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Written on Mar, 30, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

Tomorrow is Lazarus Saturday and the beginning of Holy Week. So today is the last day of the Great Fast. Given where we are liturgically, today’s Old Testament readings the Church are odd.

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