According to Orthodoxy, When Do You Become A Person?

There has been considerable discussion on the topic of human beings and personhood in Orthodox theological circles.  Fordham University’s Public Orthodoxy Blog recently published an article entitled “Human Beings or Human Persons?” that raised a number of serious questions in the context of the Great Council of the Orthodox Church.     Are all human beings persons?  What does it mean to be human?  What does it mean to be a person?   Is an embryo a human person? How does this impact our understanding of the vocation of men and women today and the critical questions each of us face […]

Is Your Orthodox Parish in a Death Spiral?

  How many times have you heard the phrase “Orthodoxy is America’s kept secret.”? A look at today’s Orthodox Christian media shows that time and again everything appears wonderful.   Converts are coming into the Church and the ancient faith is viewed as the alternative to what ails Christianity in America.  It is easy to get caught up in the excitement especially on social media where living as an Orthodox Christian looks easy if not altogether fashionable. However, appearances can be deceiving as many parishes struggle to maintain their operations let alone fulfill the mission of the Gospel.   A recent […]

Forget Fifty Shades of Grey, Discover Love the Orthodox Christian Way

Sometimes, you have to wonder if the real meaning of love can be saved at all. In a world hungry for the truth about love, millions of people will flock to movie theaters on Valentine’s Day to view the movie version of E.L James’ novel Fifty Shades of Grey and to celebrate the abusive relationship it features as a model of genuine love. Abuse as the equivalent of real love? Men courting women by taking them to a movie about a young woman being manipulated and hurt? What does such a movie say to the millions of people who have […]