Tag : Freedom

Written on Jun, 25, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

We tend to associate holiness with moral rectitude. A holy person is a virtuous person. While holiness and virtue are related, we often misunderstand the relationship between them. A saint is not holy because he is virtuous. Rather, he is virtuous because he is holy.

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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

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 Aug, 23, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Source (Cafe Hayek) The condition of freedom requires the courage to assume responsibility for one’s own actions and for the way one makes use of relevant knowledge, skill, and intelligibility to relate to others in mutually productive ways. Vincent Ostrom (1997), The Meaning of Democracy and the Vulnerabilities of Democracies.  

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Written on May, 25, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

God doesn’t compel me, He woos me. God doesn’t just passively leave room for my freedom, my creativity, He creates the space, the conditions, for me to discover and exercise my freedom and creativity. And as God has done for me, I must do for you.

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Written on Nov, 24, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

Gratitude to God is not a feeling but an action. In the social dimension of human life, it is rather a matter of respecting the conscience of the individual. Such respect is no more important than when we disagree bitterly with each other.

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Written on Mar, 07, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

To be obedient means to live as a member of a community in which we work together for the flourishing, sanctification and salvation of each other. It is the end of mere individualism and the beginning of life patterned after the Holy Trinity.

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Written on Dec, 02, 2015 by in | Leave a comment

In the Gospel Jesus’ authority—His rights if you will—is for something. It has a purpose. Jesus has authority, power, to proclaim the Gospel in both words and deeds. The authority that Jesus exercise liberates us from “the law of sin and death.”

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