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 …

The Positive Vision of Repentance

Doubtless, among my more conservative readers many reservations must immediately spring to mind in reaction to such methods employed by Orthodoxy in Dialogue. (This essay is a continuation from "Orthodox Thinkers," found here) However, it would benefit no one to simply impugn Bulkhakov’s request for the thinker-theologian to “respond to contemporary problems” (Tradition Alive, 80). …

Orthodox Thinkers

In a paper delivered in 2003, the patristic scholar, Andrew Louth, asks, “Is development of doctrine a valid category for Orthodox theology?” While allowing for the positive contribution that a historical-critical approach would make to the comprehension of the Church Fathers, Louth concludes, quite predictably, that any sense of “development” which suggests a primitive insufficiency …