The Inverse Pyramid: A Comparison of Secular and Ecclesial Hierarchy
As Christ offered himself up for the salvation of the world, the clergyman must likewise sacrifice himself daily for those entrusted to his care—both his parishioners and those potential servants of God in the greater community.
To Speak of Thy Mystery: Communing Amid COVID-19
The past couple months have seen a frenzy of articles in Orthodox circles online that all seem to be asking this one question: Can you get a virus by receiving the Eucharist?
Are the Orthodox About to Change Communion?
Rather than examining the arguments — pro or con — related to such a suggestion, I would like to ask a more practical question: is an official change likely to happen, either worldwide or even within one autocephalous church?
No Repentance After Death: Facing Hard Questions about Salvation
When one turns to the Church Fathers with these questions in mind, one thing that becomes apparent is that the Fathers did not find them pressing in the same way as we do today. Just as they took for granted that some will be eternally damned, so they assumed that there can be no repentance after death, at least of the...
Review: “For the Life of the World” (Ecumenical Patriarchate Social Document)
The Ecumenical Patriarchate recently published its document "For the Life of the World," a kind of omnibus of positions on social questions, including morality, politics, and mission. It is unfortunately a deeply flawed document.