No True Church? No True Church History.

One of the criticisms of Orthodoxy’s understanding of its own history (not to mention, Roman Catholicism’s) is that there really is no unbroken Christian tradition of anything at all, that Church history is really just about multiple movements, doctrines and practices that cannot coherently be traced back to the Apostles. This is essentially one version […]

Orthodoxy at the Emmys

Not that I watch awards shows more than perhaps once every five years or so (and I didn’t see this one, either), but I’m going to go out on a limb and say that this is the first time that Orthodox Christian monastic enclave Mount Athos was mentioned in an Emmy speech. This is Jonathan […]

Granola Robots

…we are supposed to act with great deference to natural rhythms and patterns when it comes to nature “out there,” but extend—by government fiat, if necessary—the greatest possible technological control over human reproductive rhythms and patterns. We should learn to live with and in nature out there, but conquer nature in here. To what can […]

Who’s not a Christian?

I’ve got a new post up at Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy that continues our series on ecclesiology. This one is entitled Who’s not a Christian? It examines the question of how different Christian communions see each other’s legitimacy.

Why can’t God love me the way I am?

One of the perhaps most pressing theological questions of our time and place is answered beautifully in this post from Jim John Marks: The question is not “why can’t God love me the way I am”, the question is “why can’t I love God the way I am”. And it is the pursuit of the […]

A Firm Foothold

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I feel that as long as the Shire lies behind, safe and comfortable, I shall find wandering more bearable: I shall know that somewhere there is a firm foothold, even if my feet cannot stand there again. —Frodo Baggins I happened upon this quotation again yesterday evening, while I was reading my daughter The Lord […]

The One True Church and the Partisans of Anti-Ecclesiology

The first of our ecclesiology posts is now up at the new Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy weblog. I wrote this one, and it’s essentially a sort of meditation on what it means to believe in the teachings of your own church and how that cannot help but affect one’s relations with other communions.