Posts by Dr. Alfred Kentigern Siewers

The Sounding

Traditionalism vs. Tradition

The late great scholar Jaroslav Pelikan once observed: “Tradition is the living faith of the dead, traditionalism is the dead faith of the living. And,…

Nov 07, 2014
The Sounding

Secret Agents for Byzantium

Party like it’s 7523. That’s Etos Kosmou, time of the cosmos, on the Byzantine New Year, Sept. 1, also the start of the ecclesiastical year for the…

Sep 07, 2014
The Sounding

Orthodox Time and the Last Weeks of the Old Year

Time seems to move slower for many in America in early to mid-August, traditionally a time of vacation or of a “re-set” before the start of the academic…

Aug 14, 2014
The Sounding

Persecution and Thanksgiving

The Orthodox writer Rod Dreher has popularized the Law of Merited Impossibility, as applied to Christians: “It’s absurd to say Christians are…

Aug 03, 2014
The Sounding

Secular Privilege and Natural Law

Two of the best Orthodox Christian commentators on current events today are (in my view) John Kass, the main columnist for the Chicago Tribune, and Rod…

Jul 07, 2014
The Sounding

Orthodoxy and the Environment

The recent meeting between the Ecumenical Patriarch and the Pope in Jerusalem culminated in a joint declaration that in one significant section, less noted…

Jul 05, 2014
The Sounding

Liberty and Technocracy: JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, and an Orthodox Fourth of July

July 4 on the Old Calendar would mark the feast of the Royal Martyrs of Russia, the last Orthodox emperor and his family, slain on the Fourth of July….

Jul 02, 2014
The Sounding

SCOTUS Decision on Religious Freedom: An Orthodox Perspective

It was hard yesterday, on a quiet summer Sunday in rural central Pennsylvania, to imagine that the small factory across from the lot where we’re building…

Jun 30, 2014

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