This is a response to Karissa Sorrell’s guest post about women in Orthodoxy.
The tradition of the Orthodox Church is not a static deposit but a life-giving stream. Culture is part of that stream. We move through history together. So to disregard the wisdom of the secular is not only impossible and intellectual dishonest but deeply unChristian. Continue reading “Female Priests: Women and Ministry in the Orthodox Church”
I sometimes write controversial things. I do not do this because I like controversy. I am an introvert by nature. I prefer to keep my head down and mind my own business. I write because I feel like I have to.
It’s not that I mind criticism. I expect it. I actually like thoughtful and respectful critique because it helps sharpen my own ideas. But the inevitable ad hominem attack and occasional phone calls to my priest bother me. When people are mean to me, my wife gets upset. My priest also has better things to do than explain again why he disagrees with what I say. I hate that sometimes I can be a burden to those I love.
My priest does not censure me because, along with being a very patient man, he is also very smart. He knows that silence is not very Orthodox. Continue reading “Theology by Consensus: How Authority Works in the Orthodox Church”