Combatting Orthodox Caricatures Of Western Theology

A recent post by Fr. Stephen Freeman reminded me of just how common it is for we Orthodox to paint with a broad, reductionistic brush when it comes to the West.  He opened his post on “An Illegal Christmas” by saying: “The great advantage to thinking about God in legal terms, is that nothing has to change. If what…
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Book Reviews

In the recent months, book reviews have come out on my book Turning to Tradition and I think I have mentioned most of them here on the blog.  One I haven’t mentioned yet is this review by Dr. Amy Slagle in Review of Religious Research.  She highlighted how my book noted the variances in what…
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Morality Without God?

I return, finally, to my exchange with humanist Jon Lindgren, emeritus professor of economics for NDSU and former mayor of Fargo.  The delay was entirely my own fault.  These last several months have been hectic, so finding the time to put together a short essay even proved difficult.  Nonetheless, I have done so.  Here we…
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Eastern Orthodox Advice On A Roman Catholic Problem: Divorce, Annulment, And Remarriage

Recent discussions and debates and political brokering in Rome has centered on relational ethics, including the question of divorce.  Although most non-Roman Catholics probably look to papal infallibility as the main stumbling block to uniting or converting to Roman Catholicism, I must confess, as a pastor, the Roman Catholic approach to marriage has always struck…
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