128. War and Peace, Part Three – The Orthodox Priority of Creating Peace

Christ is risen! Truly he is risen! Here’s what we’ve covered so far: In Part One we looked at New Testament and Patristic teaching, and then at the Western Just War Theory by which wars may be judged to be good or bad. In Part Two we saw the classic Orthodox approach: Father Harakas said […]

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127. War and Peace: Part Two – The Classic Eastern Orthodox Approach

Christ is risen! Truly he is risen! Most of us living in the West, of whatever Faith, have grown up using many ¬†Western categories and assumptions. OK, folks, give it up! Prepare to change your paradigm! Eastern Orthodoxy often comes at things differently. I learned this early, when I as an Anglican asked certain questions […]

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126. War and Peace: Part One – Christ, the Early Church, the Just War Theory

Christ is risen! Truly he is risen! “Wars and Rumors of Wars” The time to think about war rationally is before we get into one. Once war begins it’s too late.¬†Then all sorts of emotions and reactions, pride and propaganda take over. And after people are killed in war, there is a fervent and very […]

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125. The Gospels of Pascha Season: Third Sunday – Saint Joseph of Arimathea, Nicodemos, and the Holy Myrrhbearing Women

Christ is risen! Truly he is risen! The Church Fathers did nothing haphazardly. During Pascha, as our lectionary takes us through the Gospel of John, * the Fathers selected particular Sunday readings for a reason. This week we get a very clear moral lesson from these holy men and women who ministered to the Lord […]

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124. How Saint Nicholas Founded Saint Nicholas Church, Cedarburg

Christ is risen! Truly he is risen! What? Saint Nicholas in May? I explained this last year, but in case you’re new here: May 9 is a lesser feast of Saint Nicholas. Actually Nicholas is an ever-present, ever-relevant saint to us Orthodox, not confined to December 6 – or to December 25. By the way, […]

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