The Theology of Gender – 7. The Place of Women in Byzantine Society

The Theology of Gender – 7. The Place of Women in Byzantine Society

Sofia Matzarioti-Kostara   Byzantine society was a dynamic union of different cultural elements based on Greek civilization and the Christian faith. Although Christianity was the decisive element in the formation of Byzantium, the practical application of the Christian ethos as a way of life met with the resistance of the...

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The Theology of Gender – 5. Woman in the New Creation. The “submission”

The Theology of Gender – 5. Woman in the New Creation. The “submission”

Sofia Matzarioti-Kostara   St. Gregory of Nyssa, in an extensive homily on 1 Co 15:28, written to challenge the heresy of Eunomius, explains the various meanings of the word ὑποταγή (submission) in Scripture. He clarifies that the word is used in the case of war to indicate subjugation to the...

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The Theology of Gender – 4. Woman in the New Creation. The Early Church

The Theology of Gender – 4. Woman in the New Creation. The Early Church

Sofia Matzarioti-Kostara   The destiny of humanity changed radically after Christ’s Incarnation, and a living model of human behavior was initiated by the second Adam, the perfect Man, who is Jesus Christ. Nevertheless, Christ’s teaching did not come as a secular revolution. This is what His contemporary Jews did not...

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The Theology of Gender – 1. The Story of Creation

The Theology of Gender – 1. The Story of Creation

Sofia Matzarioti-Kostara   The story of creation presents the basic principles of human life and behavior. It is the main reference for the Christian understanding of humankind’s existential questions. In the book of Genesis, the unique relationship between humans and their Creator unfolds. Inside it, the mystery of the purpose...

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Apostles To The Apostles – Feminism As It Should Be Understood

Apostles To The Apostles – Feminism As It Should Be Understood

Generally speaking, there is discomfort about the feminist movement in the Orthodox Church. Here is what His Beatitude Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church affirmed, speaking to a meeting of the Union of Orthodox Ukrainian Women in Moscow: “I consider this phenomenon called feminism very dangerous, because feminist organizations...

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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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