A lingering vestige of the Cold War between the United States and Russia includes what could be called a 'reflexive bi-polarism;' a simplistic and crude reduction that caricatures not only Russia's political role in the world today, but its history, culture, and people. It's an unfortunate and impoverishing state of affairs. Gary Saul Morson sees through that. Drawing on … [Read more...] about How The Great Truth Dawned
“How have we arrived,” asks Stanford University historian Victor David Hanson, “at the brink of a veritable civil war?” And a recent "Washington Post" headline reads: “In America, talk turns to something not spoken of for 150 years: Civil War.” Surely the political and cultural polarization of America has now reached levels comparable to that … [Read more...] about How to Pray in the Event of Civil War: The Unusual Story of the Prayer of Patriarch Hermogenes
Did you know that ten to 15 years after surgical reassignment, the suicide rate of those who had undergone sex-reassignment surgery rose to 20 times that of comparable peers? Much of the confusion (and sometimes propaganda) surrounding the question of the malleability of sexual (gender) self-identity, occurs because proponents are not educated in the biological sciences, … [Read more...] about Sex Reassignment Doesn’t Work. Here Is the Evidence.
In a recent collection of writings on “Identity and Identification,” the editors state (without irony) that “we are insecure about the nature and significance of our biological, socio-political, national, professional, religious and sexual identities; but we are also more generally unsure about which category of distinction is most important.”1 Indeed, … [Read more...] about ‘The Great Scattering’: How Identity Panic Took Root in the Void Once Occupied by Family Life
Common misconceptions about common words can lead to common errors writes Hieromonk Gabriel, but when those errors force a reading of scripture not in accord with the meaning of the Apostle they will end up driving people away from the Church. We see this in our day with words like “mercy,” “compassion,” “tolerance” and others that are thrown … [Read more...] about Should St. Paul Have Been More Tolerant? What Modern Churches Are Missing