Secret Agents for Byzantium

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 Orthodox Church (and if you missed it on the new calendar, it is coming up soon again on the old calendar). Not coincidentally,...

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Phronema and Canons

Phronema and Canons

If you are Orthodox long enough, you will hear the term “phronema.” Phronema can have both a positive and a negative meaning. Many sources say that the word is used in Greek in two senses. One definition says: Phronema is a transliteration of Greek word, . . . which...

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On the Pope, Twitter, and Maximalism

On the Pope, Twitter, and Maximalism

The media lately has been delighted to report on the Pope’s alleged decision to grant time off in purgatory for those who follow him on Twitter.  One headline reads, “Cut your time in purgatory by following pope on Twitter”.  From Slate Magazine, the headline reads, “Pope now offering indulgences in...

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