Conciliarity: Toward a Union of Freedom & Obedience

Part VI: Freedom & Obedience in the Vision of Saint Sophrony WHAT is history but the intersection of individuals under the locomotion of varying desires and ideas. In other words, history is always personal. Christian history, though certainly framed by Providence, is consequently the history of real people, interacting in real, dynamic societies at the …

Fathers and Despots

Part V: Freedom & Obedience in the Vision of Saint Sophrony CONTEMPORARY conversation is fixated with the idea of equality. The solution often presented is the dissolution of inherent distinctions. Saint Paul, in his letter to the Ephesians, offers another solution: "Subject yourselves to one another in the fear of Christ."1 Archimandrite Zacharias likewise remarks, …

Freedom & Obedience in the Sacrament of Confession

Part IV: Freedom & Obedience in the Vision of Saint Sophrony OUR CONVERSATION up to this point has largely remained objective and abstract. We have explored Saint Sophrony’s insistence upon freedom as the foundation for authentic personhood and the various threats that an anthropology based upon algorithms presents. A discussion of the tension between personal …