A Gentle Orthodoxy

From the December 2016 Print Edition

Modern Orthodox Thinkers: From the Philokalia to the Present Dayby andrew louthintervarsity, 383 pages, $28 When I saw Fr. Andrew Louth a couple of years ago and asked him what he was doing, he said he was writing some “little books.” Now that we have one of those books, we can see how modest . . . . Continue Reading »

A Blessedly Unpredictable Council

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The Council at Crete turned out to be different from what both optimists and pessimists had expected. It did not resemble any icon of the Ecumenical Councils that we usually imagine. It was a council with a lot of pain and anxiety, before and during the event. But it was a true conciliar event. Continue Reading »

The Havana Declaration

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For me, the text of the Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill’s joint declaration came as a surprise, as did their meeting and its location in Havana. This document is significantly better in style and content than any earlier official document or statement from the Russian Orthodox Church. Simply . . . . Continue Reading »