Orthodoxy Today

What's New 2010

December 29, 2010
New Book: Christ after Communism: Spiritual Authority and Its Transmission in Moscow Today —  Fr. Stephen C. Headley
A story of post-Soviet Russian Orthodoxy told from within.
The Heartless Lovers of Mankind —  Paul Johnson
In this classic 1987 article Paul Johnson warns to beware of those who love humanity but have problems with people.
Medicare Counseling Reg Not a Death Panel: But Health Care Rationing a Clear and Present Danger —  Wesley J. Smith
Obama administration has sights set on government rationing of health care.
Backdoor “Death Panels”? —  Tait Trussel
In a stealthy move, the Obama administration has slipped end-of-life planning back into Medicare regulation.
December 10, 2010
Europe, Immigration, and Merkel’s Christian Values —  Samuel Gregg
Recognizing the need to reestablish Christian values in Europe.
Debate: The Source of Human Morality (Opening Statement) —  Fr. Johannes L. Jacobse
A debate between Fr. Hans Jacobse and Matt Dillahunty
The Source of Human Morality (Videos) —  Fr. Johannes L. Jacobse
A debate between Fr. Hans Jacobse and Matt Dillahunty
Our New Obamacare Masters —  Wesley J. Smith
Meet the Independent Payment Advisory Board
Believers, Like the Miners of Chile, Seek the Light —  James M. Thunder
The light that illuminates come from the outside?
Learn From Me —  Fr. Vasile Catalin Tudora
A Christmas reflection on the humility of Christ
The Ethics of Assisted Suicide —  David W.T. Brattston
A survey of Early Christian literature.
Thinking About Suicide? —  David W.T. Brattston
Some questions to ask yourself first.
Reconstructing Philosophy —  Pedro Blas González
"Any philosophy that foregoes the possibility of embracing transcendence...does an incalculable disservice to man’s capacity for self-knowledge."
Reproaching the Reproachers —  Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon
Jesus reproached His disciples, but he did not like it when others did.
Multiculturalism, R.I.P. —  Roger Scruton
"So let's be clear from the outset: culture and race have nothing to do with each other."
December 1, 2010
Smart Parenting XIX. Preparing for the Extinction Explosion —  Fr. George Morelli
A sane and successful way to handle extreme temper tantrums.
God’s Mercy: The Focus of Eastern & Western Church Understanding —  Fr. George Morelli
God does nothing out of retribution.
November 29, 2010
What Happened to Christmas? A Lesson For All Godly People —  Fr. George Morelli
Secular "neutrality" is hardly neutral.
November 26, 2010
The Ethos of Orthodox Catechesis: The Mind of the Orthodox Church —  Fr. George Morelli
Using what is sacred to teach about things that are sacred.
November 24, 2010
The Imposition of Sharia Law —  Fr. George Morelli
A case for the application of christian law in secular society
November 1, 2010
Giving at Thanksgiving —  Fr. George Morelli
Let's walk the path of giving.
October 28, 2010
The Open Society and Its Enemy —  Melanie Phillips
The danger George Soros' "Open Society" represents to a free society.
Eastern Europe Versus the Open Society —  Srdja Trifkovic
Undermining the cultural values of Eastern Europe.
October 27, 2010
Unceasing Prayer—Bibilography and Notes —  John Kotsonis
Bibliography and notes.
Unceasing Prayer —  John Kotsonis
An exhaustive look at unceasing prayer, an important part of Orthodox spiritual understanding.
October 18, 2010
Interview: The Closing of the Muslim Mind —  Jamie Glazov
Robert Reilly on how intellectual suicide created the modern Islamic crisis.
October 9, 2010
The Voice from Heaven at the Baptism and the Sacrifice of Isaac —  Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon
In the experience of His baptism, our Lord received an earnest intimation of what it finally symbolized.
A Challenging Vision For Orthodox Christians in America: An Interview With Father John Meyendorff —  Antoine Niviere
This 1990 interview is still compelling today.
Lord Acton’s Dictum on Absolute Power —  Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon
Lord's Acton's dictum, while good, lacks something as a moral theorem.
October 8, 2010
Orthodox Mission in the 21st Century —  Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk
Any Christian church has to be missionary if it wants to be faithful to its call to be the Church.
October 7, 2010
Luke’s Account of the Baptism of Jesus —  Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon
It contains two curious features.
October 5, 2010
2010 Census of US Orthodox Churches —  Alexei Krindatch
Published under the auspices of the Standing Conference of Orthodox Bishops (SCOBA).
Liberty, Youth, and Fidelity to Truth in the Open Society —  Pedro Blas González
We no longer have a feel for the exquisitely human essences that mark us as sentient beings.
John the Baptist —  Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon
What do we really know about him?
Why We Should Preach after the Gospel Reading —  Fr. Johannes L. Jacobse
Encountering Christ in the Gospel is necessary for the Eucharist that follows.
Living Within the Truth: Religious Liberty and Catholic Mission in the New Order of the World —  Abp. Charles J. Chaput
The root of the crisis in Western Civilization is moral. A brilliant and cogent cultural analysis.
October 4, 2010
Thieves Hijacking the Language of the Moral Tradition —  Fr. Johannes L. Jacobse
Lose the language, you lose the war.
Bioethics: Creating a Culture of Death —  Wesley J. Smith
Wesley J. Smith addresses St. Tikhon's Seminary about the assault on human rights in Western culture.
Patriarch Kirill & Pope Benedict: A Tale of Two Leaders for a New Missionary Age —  Fr. Johannes L. Jacobse
Both Pat. Kyrill and Pope Benedict understand that moral virtue is the bedrock of freedom.
October 1, 2010
The Center of Godliness is Forgiveness —  Fr. George Morelli
To forgive is divine.
Stormy Weather Committment —  Fr. George Morelli
Pope Benedict is an example of Christ-like endurance towards hostility.
Beauty, the Divine Connection: Psychospiritual Reflections —  Fr. George Morelli
To find beauty is to find God, to find God is to find beauty.
September 30, 2010
The Widow of Nain —  Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon
It's all about compassion.
Psalm 91 —  Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon
The East prays it at noon, the West in the evening.
Orthodoxy and Capital Punishment —  Fr. Peter-Michael Preble
What does the Church say about capital punishment?
A Case of Mistaken Identity —  Fr. Vasile Catalin Tudora
We all have the image of God within us.
Jesus Lost at the Temple —  Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon
The 'action' is conveyed through the mind of Mary
Jesus Read Books —  Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon
He studied the scriptures from within.
Prayer is the Highest Human Activity —  Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon
It reveals more about Jesus as a human being than anything else He did.
English Expressions from the Nautical World —  Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon
Are you a landlubber?
The Slippery Slide —  John Kapsalis
Sin enters our life slowly.
Pearls to the Pigs and Communion to Dogs —  Fr. Vasile Catalin Tudora
Man is defined not by how he resembles the rest of creation, but what sets him apart from it.
Why Are We Surprised When Things Go Bad And We Get Hurt? —  Fr. Vasile Catalin Tudora
Play with fire and you get burned.
September 28, 2010
Religion, Journalism, and the New American Orthodoxy —  Abp. Charles J. Chaput
Modern reporting and the denial of religion in culture.
September 10, 2010
The Laws Of Nature Are Also The Laws Of God - Evolution: A Psychospiritual Reflection —  Fr. George Morelli
Wrestling with Genesis and evolution.
September 8, 2010
The Heart: The Revelation of our True Self —  Fr. George Morelli
God doesn't hear our shouts, he looks at our heart.
August 23, 2010
Ground Zero as Metaphor: A Crossroads for America and Orthodoxy? —  George Michalopulos
America vs. foreign entanglements in the American Orthodox Church.
August 15, 2010
Doceticism —  Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon
Vestiges exist even today.
August 8, 2010
Biography and Chronology —  Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon
Luke adds the biographical dimension.
August 5, 2010
Richard Hoste: Postmodern Dhimmitude —  Srdja Trifkovic
The coming struggle against Jihad is just and natural. It is inevitable even if the outcome is uncertain, just as the knowledge each of us has of his mortality does not stop us from holding on to life, and beauty, and truth.
August 1, 2010
The Theological Correspondence Between Isaac and Jesus —  Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon
They are both "beloved sons."
Godly Greatness in the Midst Of Calamity —  Fr. George Morelli
"For he who has wealth hoarded up cannot hope in God"
August 1, 2010
Emotional Activation And Psychospiritual Intervention: An Overview —  Fr. George Morelli
Spiritual counseling and the physiology of the brain.
July 22, 2010
In The Land Of Mao, A Rising Tide Of Christianity —  Louisa Lim
By some estimates, China now has 100 million Christians, more believers in Christ than Communist Party members.
Christians and Civil Disobedience —  Charles Colson
Is the time coming for Christian civil disobedience?
HORACE MANN, PART II: Prussia comes to America —  Laura D. Sanders
How did public education take the shape it has today?
July 21, 2010
Finding the Balance: Privacy and the Civil Society —  Fr. Gregory Jensen
Privacy in our culture has come to serve not a deepening of community life but an ever deeper sense of social isolation.
July 20, 2010
Islam’s Public Enemy #1 - Coptic Priest Zakaria Boutros —  Fr. Zakariah Boutros
Jihadists have a bounty on his head.
Pity the Postmodern Cultural Elite —  Victor Davis Hanson
The elite culture is completely at odds with the country it leads.
July 19, 2010
America’s Ruling Class—And the Perils of Revolution —  Angelo M. Codevilla
Who are America's rulers, and by what right do they rule?
Book Review: Surviving the Folded Flag —  Fr. George Morelli
A story of emotional anguish, grief, attempts to understand, and survival strength of those who have lost a loved one in war.
Affirming the Inherent Goodness of the Material World —  Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon
Mortality, not matter, is what Christ abolished.
Europe’s Choice: Populate or Perish —  Samuel Gregg
The challenge in Europe is overall population decline and an aging population.
Founding an Orthodox Liberal Arts and Sciences College —  Dr. Frank Papatheofanis
Kevin Allen interviews Dr. Frank Papatheofanis, founders of St. Katherine College in San Diego.
Abortion And Its Aftermath —  Sister Sarah Elisabet Oftedal
Kevin Allen interviews Sister Sarah Elisabet Oftedal on the pernicious personal ramifications of a pro-abortion culture.
Free Will and Freedom in Christ —  Fr. Richard Demetrius Andrews
An Independence Day homily.
The Heritage of Western Civilization —  Cardinal George Pell
Chinese scholar: "The Christian moral foundation of social and cultural life was what made possible the emergence of capitalism and then the transition to democratic politics."
July 6, 2010
Good Marriage XX. Avoiding the Ultimatum Manipulation —  Fr. George Morelli
We upset ourselves by our irrational interpretations of such events or situations.
Where’s Mephibosheth? —  John Kapsalis
A parable of God's mercy.
All Saints Icon Academy —  Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon
The authentic Tradition of the Church requires a transformation of heart in the person charged to hand it on.
Mission to Guatemala —  Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon
Our team came to work at the Orthodox orphanage, Hogar Rafael Ayau
Beneath the Surface —  Fr. Vasile Catalin Tudora
Sailing the shallow waters of the internet.
Maintaining our Moral Compass —  Fr. George Morelli
It starts with "watchfulness."
June 23, 2010
Evangelicals and Global Warming —  Benjamin B. Phillips
The public-policy response to global warming proposed by some evangelicals makes actually helping the global poor more difficult.
History Returns to Europe —  Victor Davis Hanson
Europeans thought they could change human nature itself through the creation of an all-caring, all-wise European Union uber-citizen.
June 22, 2010
Six Million African Muslims Leave Islam per Year —  James M. Arlandson
Muslims giving up on converting Africa.
June 14, 2010
Jesus’ temptation in Mark and Luke —  Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon
It mirrors the Israelites in the wilderness.
David’s Compatriots —  Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon
Gad may be likened to Silas.
June 10, 2010
Your Conscience - Follow God’s Call —  Fr. Richard Demetrius Andrews
Your money or your life?
Europe: The Unjust Continent —  Samuel Gregg
European solidarity-talk and social justice-speak masks a social stratification based on the proximity to government power.
Francis Schaeffer [1912-1984] —  Acton Institute
Remembering a man who entered battle when the world need it.
Set in Stone —  Jonathan Alpeyrie
The ancient rhythms of an Orthodox monastery
June 7, 2010
The “Myth” of Unity: A Response to a 2009 Address Given at St Vladimir’s Seminary —  George Michalopulos
Will the American Orthodoxy follow a missionary or ethnic narrative?
June 5, 2010
Psalm Inscriptions —  Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon
The inscriptions that preface the Psalms are worthy of theological study.
Across America 15 Million People are Still Unemployed —  Chris Banescu
The reality of our declining economy starting to sink in.
How to Cripple the Free Economy —  Chris Banescu
The socialist policies of the Democrat leadership undermine America’s economic prosperity.
Assisted Suicide: Why Now? —  Wesley J. Smith
Al Pacino sympathetically portrayed Dr. Jack Kevorkian in a recent HBO movie...
The Orthodox Question for 2010 —  Terry Mattingly
Will it choose America or diaspora?
History Returns to Europe —  Victor Davis Hanson
Europe’s wise men thought they could change human nature; recent events are proving them wrong.
The Nitty Gritty: Self-Esteem vs. Self-Control —  Angela Duckworth
What's a good indicator of future success: grit of self-esteem?
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