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I must respectfully disagree with Casey Williams’ essay in the NYT (Has Trump Stolen Philosophy’s Critical Tools?): Trump’s playbook should be familiar to any student of critical theory and philosophy. It often feels like Trump has stolen our ideas and weaponized them. He goes on to say that For decades, critical social scientists and humanists have chipped away at the …

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Written on Apr, 14, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Judas had everything but gave nothing. We need to learn from his example. Our salvation hinges on our free responses to God’s love. Don’t be Judas! Give yourself to God as fully as you are able in each moment of your life. Do this and you will be saved.

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Written on Apr, 11, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

April 10, 2017: Matins, Holy Tuesday Behold, the Bridegroom comes in the middle of the night, and blessed is the servant He shall find vigilant; but unworthy is he whom he shall find neglectful. Beware therefore, O my soul, lest you be weighed down by sleep, lest you be given over to death and be closed out from the kingdom; …

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Written on Mar, 29, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

As Pittsburgh converts often cast ethnic Orthodox Christians as lackadaisical in their religious lives, especially in what they supposed to be the ready coupling of church affiliation with familial or ethnic heritages, so too the Jackson informants considered convention rather than conviction to be the true motivation for much southern Protestant churchgoing. Amy Slage, The Eastern Church in the Spiritual …

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Written on Mar, 27, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

In addition to the interplay of Eastern Orthodox and American marketplace cultural elements, Orthodoxy itself possesses a multitude of voices and dimensions, in providing its adherents theological justifications for considering it, at once, a vessel for “absolute truth” and organic, natural “shades of gray.” Although informants often demonstrate a keen interest in historically immutable “truth” and “tradition,” they also want …

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

… a desire emerged on the part of the clergy to maintain ecclesial distinctness and to fortify the church’s boundaries against the fickle, conversional faint of heart, the perpetual seeker. In this way, clerics endeavored to set Orthodox Christianity apart from the crowded field of religious options to ensure that it was not cheapened and rendered just another church in …

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Written on Mar, 23, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Jack Mezirow, the recognized pioneer of transformative learning, breaks these stages into ten nonsequential steps: (1) a disorienting dilemma; (2) self-examination with feelings of fear, anger, guilt, or shame; (3) a critical assessment of assumptions; (4) recognition that one’s discontent and the process of transformation are shared; (5) exploration of options for new roles, relationships, and actions; (6) planning a …

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Written on Mar, 23, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.  To the naive mind that can conceive of order only as the product of deliberate arrangement, it may seem absurd that in complex conditions order, and adaptation to the unknown, can be achieved more effectively by decentralizing decisions …

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

​The economy of Greece is in shambles. Internal rebellions have engulfed Libya, Syria, and Egypt, with outsiders and foreign warriors fanning the flames. Turkey fears it will become involved, as does Israel. Jordan is crowded with refugees. Iran is bellicose and threatening, while Iraq is in turmoil. AD 2031? Yes. But it was also the situation in 1177 BC, more …

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Written on Mar, 04, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Though I’m interested in how trust in religious institutions like churches have suffered, this is simply part of a larger erosion of cultural trust in all institutions. Religious communities,  though,  are as a good an illustration of this as anything else.  … historian Martin Marty describes a “seismic shift” in religion. “From the birth of the republic until around 1965, as …

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