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Faith and Philosophy
Understanding the Modern and Post Modern Mind, Part III
Episode date: February 03, 2014
Transcript published: August 01, 2014
Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord. Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red as crimson, they shall be as wool. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land.
Hello, and welcome once again to Faith and Philosophy. This week’s topic is “Understanding the Modern and Post-Modern Mind, Part III: Scientific Rationalism.” Last time I talked about the three prevailing attitudes of modernity: the autonomy and sovereignty of the individual, the autonomy of reason, and the sufficiency of reason to answer all of our…
Ancient Faith Commentaries
In Praise of Old Women
Episode date: July 15, 2013
Transcript published: July 21, 2014
Just when you think that you’ve seen it all, the Church of England comes to the rescue.
This summer a couple was married in the church of St Mary and St Martin in the town of Blyth in Nottinghamshire. After the vicar, a lady named Kate Bottley, tied the matrimonial knot with the words, “Those whom God has joined together let no-one put asunder”, she then led the newly married bride and groom in a pre-arranged flash-mob inspired dance. Sounded a little bit like this (plays music excerpt). As you can tell, the vicar was enthusiastic. She threw her arms into the air as that music piped in and belted out that song Everybody Dance…
Ancient Faith Presents
Metropolitan Joseph’s Inaugural Address
Episode date: July 07, 2014
Transcript published: July 10, 2014
Good evening. [Good evening.] In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit: one God. [Amen.]
Beloved in Christ, glory be to God. [Glory to him forever.]
I thank all of you for your love and for your sincere commitment in the faith. I thank God for my safety to here. I just arrived this afternoon from Lebanon, and I am bringing with me the love of our holy fathers, Patriarch John X and the holy synod and all the hierarchs. We met together over the past few days. It was not [an] easy journey. Nothing is done by accident, but, believe [it] or not, the Holy Spirit was working hard, whether I am the one who was elected…
The Life of Faith
Why Be Orthodox in the 21st Century?
Episode date: June 05, 2014
Transcript published: June 11, 2014
The topic of this podcast arose from an awareness that many Orthodox Christians feel a disconnect between their faith and the secular society in which they live. However, it seems to also betray a misunderstanding of the purpose of the Church in the world. Many speak of the need for the Church, or Christianity in general, to move with the times, to change its views which many consider to be antiquated and out of touch with the general consensus of the social environment which surrounds Christians and church communities.
This appeal for change is often rooted in three misconceptions. One, the Church is losing people because they feel…
The Seeking Heart
How Not to be an Annoying Christian
Episode date: May 20, 2014
Transcript published: June 06, 2014
Sometimes people have the best of intentions but a very great lack of perspective. This can be true about most of us, but it can be particularly true about zealous people.
Religious zeal can give a person a fairly one-dimensional perspective on the world. I can say this because I am prone to it myself, and have been quite guilty of it in the past. This is why it is so important to temper zeal with discipline, especially the disciplines of silence, repentance, humility, and prayer.
But if you want to know why many people find many Christians so obnoxious and intolerable, simply consider the following:
Believing it is your…