Bruce Chatwin: a Reflection on a Nomad’s Journey to Orthodoxy

Bruce Chatwin: a Reflection on a Nomad’s Journey to Orthodoxy

It seems to me that nomads have often had a different perspective on life and what they seek. “The search for nomads is a search for God,” Bruce Chatwin wrote in a notebook during his first visit on Mount Athos. During his visit to the Holy Mountain he had come...

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The “D” Word: Why Dogmas Matter

The “D” Word: Why Dogmas Matter

By Amir Azarvan “I don’t have a problem with religion, I just don’t like dogmas.”  Statements like this are reflective of the growing disdain that people have for religious doctrine.  Even many traditional Christian believers seem reluctant to use the word “dogma”, as they are aware of its negative connotations. For...

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God is Not Interested in Religion

God is Not Interested in Religion

Of the many shocking and revolutionary things the Lord said, perhaps nothing was more shocking and revolutionary than His words to the Samaritan woman at the well.  The conversation had become a little too close for her comfort (“You have had five husbands, and he whom you have now is...

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Clay Christensen on Religious Freedom

Clay Christensen on Religious Freedom

You may feel that religious freedom is the result of democracy. Have you considered that the reverse may be true? Watch this short and powerful statement from Clay Christensen on the actual relationship between religion and democracy. Then think about the trends you see around you in Western culture, where...

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Dr. Kyriakos Markides on Monasticism

Dr. Kyriakos Markides on Monasticism

As a member of the university community in the United States, Dr. Kyriakos Markides felt he had become secularized by his training. In this interview with Fr. Chris, he shares his yearning for something meaningful and how this lead him back to his Orthodox faith. Dr. Markides also recounts how...

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Pravmir: Greeks Recognized as the Most Religious People in the European Union

Pravmir: Greeks Recognized as the Most Religious People in the European Union

In countries where there is no state religion, one sometimes hears the argument that a state religion makes people less religious, not more. The results of a new survey can raise some questions about that assumption. Greeks Recognized as the Most Religious People in the European Union PRAVMIR. June 20,...

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Tearing Down Walls: Achieving Religious Equality in Turkey

Tearing Down Walls: Achieving Religious Equality in Turkey

Dr. Anthony Limberakis speaks with Fr. Chris about the Archon’s Second International Conference on Religious Freedom, entitled “Tearing Down Walls: Achieving Religious Equality in Turkey.” It will take place in Berlin, on December 4 and 5, and is being covered by OCN. Be sure to check back during and after...

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