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John G. Panagiotou became the first Orthodox Christian theologian to receive a doctorate at Erskine Theological Seminary on May 4, 2019, in it's 182 year history.
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How can we help someone who is struggling? Sometimes what most people need is a map that points them in the right direction and some encouragement and instruction along the way. If you of anyone who could benefit from retreat, please pass this along!
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Thirty-nine Orthodox Christian clergymen and lay leaders, including the heads of two leading Orthodox seminaries in the U.S., have issued a public statement calling on church leaders to defend Orthodox teaching on the creation and calling of man as male and female by opposing the appointment of deaconesses in the Orthodox Church.
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Religion is the ground of culture and the ground that nourished Western Culture was Christianity. Christianity informed and shaped such things as personal and social values, anthropology (who and what man is), notions of justice, economic fair play, and other constituents that shaped the world in which we live. Today some of those constituents are under attack, especially in areas of human sexuality. Many Churches have succumbed to the liberal zeitgeist (Episcopal, Mainstream Protestants denominations, increasingly Roman Catholicism as well) and suffered decline and even collapse.
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What's left of the Boy Scouts of America (now operating as Scouts BSA) is on the brink of declaring bankruptcy, according to recent news reports. With estimated assets of more than $1 billion, Scouting's problems go beyond the financial, deep into the problems with America';s civil culture today. What used to be an organization designed to help boys become men has now been re-fashioned in line with the new gnosticism of American culture, accepting LGTBQIA ideology, while abandoning its traditional ascetic position about sex and its opposition to atheism.
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Source: The Catholic Thing. Reprinted with permission. By Anthony Esolen Some men are born eunuchs, some become eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven, and some, to the great profit of unscrupulous surgeons and the pharmaceutical industry, are made eunuchs by fathers who have abandoned them and by mothers who, alas, have not. The last castrato […]
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The following talk was given at the 2018 Touchstone Conference on "Patriarchy: Fatherhood and the Restoration of Culture" which drew together speakers from various traditions and disciplines to discuss how the assault on patriarchy is affecting culture. Fr. Hans Jacobse shares his experiences in dealing with young men growing up under these assaults and what is necessary to restore them so that they can flourish.
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This three-day conference focuses on the application of Orthodox teachings on anthropology and morality to contemporary challenges posed by secular American culture (even within the Church).
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Sexual identities, in contrast to sexual practices or passions, are a relatively new concept. Only recently were passions taken to define people, i.e. seen as constituting an identity or essence, such as homosexual or heterosexual—an understanding that even many secular circles now scorn as untenable. It is, then, discouraging to see a highly respected Orthodox hierarch dare to breach the unwavering moral tradition of the Church based upon such an “essentialist” notion of “sexual orientation.” Siewers argues that this step undermines Orthodox anthropology by turning the body into a thing (reification) and alienating humanity from the incarnation of the God-man Christ.
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