Utopianism may be a species of optimism, but it is always born of discontent.

Chris Jennings, Paradise Now: The Story of American Utopianism.


Underestimating, or worse ignoring, the American tendency toward Utopianism of one kind or another is one of the central reasons that Orthodox evangelism is frequently unsuccessful in the long-term. Americans aren’t spiritually discontent, we are often not content unless we are discontent. We are restless people always on the look out for the next, new thing. And, as a consequence, always predisposed to move on.

In Christ,

+Fr Gregory