Nathaniel Torrey

Nathaniel Torrey

Nathaniel Torrey is the administrative assistant at the IRD. He received his B.A. in the Liberal Arts at St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD. A convert from agnosticism to Eastern Orthodox Christianity, he is interested in the perennial questions of human existence and carrying his cross.



St. Paul Preaching in Athens by Raphael. Source: Wiki Commons

In Defense of Comparing Culture War Issues to Cannibalism and Other Sordid Things

November 26, 2014

Next to eating turkey, debating religion and politics with family members and loved ones around the holidays is a cherished part of that tradition.

The Last Judgement by John Martin. Source: Wiki Commons

Hell is Unjust, but So Is Heaven

November 25, 2014

One of the most common objections I’ve encountered when discussing the Christian teaching on hell is its eternal nature. Ostensibly, hell is objectionable because it is by definition unjust. Damnation, being eternal, cannot possibly…


Sacrifice for the Particular in Interstellar

November 24, 2014

In Interstellar, love of particular individuals guides the protagonist’s actions, rather than abstract humanity.

Raising of Lazarus (Source: Wikicommons)

The “Right to Die” Is Not the Answer to Suffering

August 8, 2014

Early this past month, former Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey voiced support for legislation allowing assisted suicide in the United Kingdom. After serious soul searching, he concluded that “The old philosophical certainties have collapsed…


Take This Moth

May 22, 2014

What is this impulse to convey meaning, perhaps where it seems the least important? Why is it that the thought of the world being meaningless, indifferent, and neutral so haunting.


Darth Vader and Solzhenitsyn

May 10, 2014

What makes the Star Wars movies so great is not just their fantastic setting and characters but their moral dimension. In the films, the battle between good and evil is not just one that happens outside of us and amongst the stars. The true battle is the one that happens within us.


Death Has Been Swallowed Up In Victory

April 16, 2014

The Church’s calendar and all her services are each an entire whole and a part of the experience of God in history. Each service in its own way encapsulates, in part or in whole, all of the human condition from the creation of the world…

incarnation 10-59

Millennials & Church SYMPOSIUM Part 3: Matter Matters

April 2, 2014

This is Part 3 in an IRD Symposium on Millennials in the Church. Here is Part 1, Part 2, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, and Part 7. On the heels of World Vision USA…


Confession is Hope

March 1, 2014

Before I was baptized, I had to give a confession of my entire life. With pen and paper, I spent an evening examining my life up against the seven deadly sins (i.e., gluttony, greed, sloth, lust, pride envy, and wrath). I wrote each transgression down, trying to bring everything to light. “Don’t hold anything back,” a monk in Northern California had told me. “The more you give up, the greater the peace will be.”

Metropolitan Tikhon at the March For Life Rose Dinner (Photo Courtesy of the Orthodox Church in America)

Eastern Orthodox Bishops Witness to the Sanctity of Life

January 24, 2014

This past Wednesday bishops from the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) and the Self-Ruled Antiochian Archdiocese in North America gathered to speak and march in Washington, D.C. for the annual March for Life. The…


Giving to Ease Your Conscience

January 14, 2014

Working in D.C. you see a lot of panhandlers. All along my commute even as early as Northern Virginia I see a gallery of people asking for help in one-way or another. All of them certainly need help, monetarily and certainly spiritually, but I wonder how they will use the money they collect.


Met. Hilarion Calls for Prophetic Witness Against Radical Islamism, Militant Secularism

November 6, 2013

Addressing the World Council of Churches (WCC) this past Friday, Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev, the public face of the Russian Orthodox Church, says the continued relevance and existence of the WCC depends on how effectively…