Orthodox culture-lovers: Start your engines

Important 2017 info if you’re into high-culture, low-culture and all the cultures in between. Three to save the date for. Big fun. Big thought. Church services included. Be still, my heart. As we know, the whole world has gone in big for popular culture. That can be talking about literature, philosophy, film, art– you know, all the high-brow stuff — but also blockbuster movies, must-see TV, comic books — the every-man stuff. Personally, I’m…

What about zombies?

Did you ever have one of those times when you turned around and suddenly everyone was wearing a fashion or saying a certain catch phrase and you had no idea where it came from? That sort of sums up me and the zombie apocalypse. And by “zombie apocalypse,” I don’t mean the world takeover by the undead — I mean the fact that we even THINK about such things. Suddenly, zombies are everywhere…

Church fathers on the ‘right use’ of secular culture

In my on-going quest for Orthodox perspectives on culture, I ran across the following excerpt from St. Basil the Great’s “Advice to Young Men on the Right Use of Greek Literature.” This is an Orthodox perspective on the non-Christian “culture” of the time. “For just as bees know how to extract honey from flowers, which to men are agreeable only for their fragrance and color, even so here also those who look…