A Random World and The Death of All Knowledge

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon The opening chapter of Genesis has long been a favorite of Christians, and ancient commentators discovered in its lines profound levels of meaning. In more recent times, on the other hand, some readers of Genesis, distracted by apologetic concerns alien to the deeper interests of the Sacred Text, have failed […]

We Will Not Make The World A Better Place

by Fr. Stephen Freeman I have written previously about various aspects of the “Modern Project.” It is the world we live in. Its ideas and assumptions enter our thoughts with no critical inspection or hesitancy. We are modern. However, the gospel is not modern and many ideas of Modernity are contrary to the gospel. It is necessary, […]

Too Much Word For The World To Bear

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon All the earth has a limited capacity; it is always something measured. Indeed, some lines of the Bible are devoted to measuring it. For example: “From the desert and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the River Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and to the Great […]

Preaching the Gospel in the Modern World

by Hieromonk Damascene (Christensen) This is from a talk given at a conference sponsored by the Northern California Brotherhood of Orthodox Clergy and held at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Sacramento, California, October 21, 2006. 1. WHY PREACH THE GOSPEL The theme of today’s conference, “Preaching the Gospel of Christ in the Modern World,” […]

Affirming the Inherent Goodness of the Material World

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Against many heresies — Gnosticism and Manichaeism early and chief among them — Holy Church has been obliged to advocate the inherent goodness of the material world. Her position on this point has always been based, not only on the biblical doctrine of Creation — “God saw everything that He […]