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 […]
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 […]
Washington, DC—The Institute on Religion and Democracy will be sending a team to the 2013 Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) meeting in Nairobi, Kenya this October.
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 […]
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 […]
Washington, DC—Christians in the United States should show solidarity with Egyptian Christians facing attacks and church burnings, according to an official with the Institute on Religion and Democracy.
by Nathaniel Torrey (@nathanieltorrey) A while back, Ryan Adams wrote on his blog Summa about the current obsession with health and fitness borne out of an attempt to deny our inevitable deaths. His criticism can be summarized as follows: Caring about health and fitness causes us to forget that we will die someday. If you […]
(Photo credit: Wikipedia) Dear Albert Garland, Greetings! I hope this letter finds you well. I recently read your piece in the Huffington Post, “My Wife is Expecting Twins and I’m Not Happy About It.” In your piece you describe at length your attempts to conceive another child involving passionless sex and in vitro fertilization. $100,000 […]
Photo credit: arc1.uniroma1.it by Nathaniel Torrey (@nathanieltorrey) I’ve read with much enjoyment the latest debate about the efficacy of natural law arguments in the public square. Or, to put the question up for debate another way: are arguments from an understanding of human nature (assuming such a thing exists) without any appeal to divine revelation […]
(Source: blogs.nd.edu) by Nathaniel Torrey (@nathanieltorrey) This past Sunday was the Sunday of the Holy Cross, which signals the midpoint of Great Lent for the Orthodox Church. Pascha, the Feast of Feasts, is fast approaching. For me it is of particular significance; I will be baptized and chrismated (confirmed) on Holy Saturday, the day before […]