This month got off to a hectic start with a week long trip to Great Britain. The main purpose of the trip was to promote the newly published work of Orthodox history in the West entitled Embassy, Emigrants, and Englishmen. One of the events in the week was a talk I gave at St Aidan’s Antiochian Orthodox Church in Manchester, giving an overview and glimpses of the development of Orthodoxy on both sides of the Atlantic over a four hundred year period leading up to the Russian revolution. One of my convictions is that there was a whole lot more going on between the historically Orthodox lands of the East and Western countries than is commonly realized. I see the spread of Orthodoxy to the West as a consequence of the Fall of Constantinople to the Turks in 1453, leading to a lot of interaction between the Orthodox East and the Anglo-Saxon Western culture of Britain and America ever since. So Orthodoxy doesn’t need to be seen as some kind of entirely alien import into British or American life.
I could write more here, but for now why not just listen to the lecture, that Ancient Faith Radio have kindly made available here.