Remembering September 11

Remembering September 11

In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen. On this Sunday before the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, our church brings to mind for us the Cross of Christ. Christ was crucified upon the cross so that those who believe in Him may have...

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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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Did Jesus Ever Really Exist?

Did Jesus Ever Really Exist?

I used to be of the opinion that for really far-out whacky stuff, you couldn’t beat Jerry Springer. You all know Jerry Springer—he was the showman who began a talk show in 1991 which within a few years became something of a voyeuristic freak-show, featuring topics like “Teenage Girls who...

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Living In an Auto-correcting World

Living In an Auto-correcting World

Of late my computer has been helping me out with my bad spelling rather a lot. In particular, whenever I try to write to someone about the Orthodox Christian Network under the handy acronym “OCN”, it auto-corrects for me, and types “con.” “‘OCN’? ‘OCN’? Surely you meant ‘con’?” Given that...

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Secular Privilege and Natural Law

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 Dreher, columnist for the online American Conservative. Both are friends (John I have known in person from when I worked as a reporter for...

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The Dark Ages: Who Turned Out the Lights?

The Dark Ages: Who Turned Out the Lights?

Among the literature of those who make it their main business to vilify the Christians, perhaps no concept has served a more useful purpose than the idea of “the Dark Ages.” The Dark Ages, according to this reading of history, were those centuries in which the Church was culturally ascendant,...

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“Congratulations, You’ve Given Birth to a Baby Girl…Maybe”

“Congratulations, You’ve Given Birth to a Baby Girl…Maybe”

A recent article about a presentation made in my neighbouring province of Alberta made me wonder if I didn’t live in the Twilight Zone rather than Canada. Twelve years ago, a baby girl was born in Alberta by the name of Wren Kaufman. Soon after her birth, the customary birth...

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Christians and Guns

Christians and Guns

Consider the following scenario: a man breaks into the house of another man, a Christian. The Christian whose house is broken into is afraid, and gets the gun that he keeps in his house. After shouting at the intruder, he takes aim and shoots him, killing him so that the...

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Christian Struggles Then and Now

Christian Struggles Then and Now

On Harmony of Thunder, Fr. David tells the story of two Christians who have stood up in the public sphere for what they believed – one in the courts and one in the media. Would St. Basil the Great have done the same thing? Would he approve of Christians demanding...

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Can I be Eastern Orthodox and Express Artistic Creativity?

Can I be Eastern Orthodox and Express Artistic Creativity?

Recently I was asked whether it is possible to be an Eastern Orthodox creative artist, which surprised me. The person wrote that whenever he reads a current Orthodox article, it appears to be about monks, or about icon writing, or about chanting. He has read no recent article or blog...

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