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.

Death Has Been Swallowed Up In Victory

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…

Millennials & Church SYMPOSIUM Part 3: Matter Matters

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 reversing its decision to employ Christians in legally recognized same sex marriages, bloggers Tony Jones and Rachel Held Evans make the […]

Confession is Hope

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.”

Eastern Orthodox Bishops Witness to the Sanctity of Life

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 march brings tens of thousands of mostly young people to the National Mall on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade […]

Giving to Ease Your Conscience

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

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 it addresses challenges facing Christians throughout the world. He identifies two major challenges: militant secularism and radical Islamism. These challenges, he […]

The “Funeral Selfie” and How We Deal with Death

A tumblr entitled “Selfies at Funerals” is the latest variation on the theme of spiritual entropy facing the modern world. The tumblr consists of self portraits of pretty youngsters making goofy expressions or showing off how flattering their dress or hair cut makes them look on the way to or after a funeral. The phenomenon of […]

Suffering as an Apologetic for God

Rod Dreher, blogger at the American Conservative, has been reading the Iliad with his sons. The capricious nature of the gods as portrayed in that story causes him to wonder about the problem of theodicy: If God is all powerful and all good, why is there evil in the world? He writes: “I know. I […]

All Too Human

Davecat leads an alternative lifestyle: choosing to dwell with both his wife and his mistress, he would on those grounds alone find himself outside of the mainstream of American society. But Davecat (he goes by one name) is a grown man residing with two lifelike dolls. In a bizarrely intriguing interview in The Atlantic, the […]

Some Thoughts on Equality and Avarice

A large welfare state with a heavy hand in the economy is often expounded by the American Left, Christian or otherwise, as the necessary fruits of compassion for the poor. For example, Jim Wallis argues that a high minimum wage is the necessary conclusion from the prophetic witness in the Old Testament (He goes so far […]