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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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When we close down free trade, or allow others to close it down for us, we lose not only the material advantages that it brings to us as individual consumers, as producers, and as a nation. We lose the moral advantages that it brings us as well.

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

Fr. Robert Sirico of the Acton Institute was on with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto for coverage of the Prayer Service the day after President Trump’s inauguration. I thought Fr Sirico offered a sound and sober reflection on the day’s event. In Christ, +Fr Gregory

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Jihadists and Progressives Together: That Christianity is “the root of the West, the West’s living source” is at best unremembered. It is more accurate to say that it is remembered, but also hated and rejected. The West — Europe and North America — knows its roots perfectly well and that Christianity is still undeniably a source of life. The West …

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Written on Jun, 08, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

It is the merit of psychoanalysis that it has demonstrated that even the behavior of neurotics and psychopaths is meaningful, that they too act and aim at ends, although we who consider ourselves normal and sane call the reasoning determining their choice of ends nonsensical and the means they choose for the attainment of these ends contrary to purpose. von …

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