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Orthodox Christianity and Politics

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As we enter the election cycle in 2016 what biblical principles or Church canons should be priorities in selecting candidates and supporting party platforms? Should Christian teachings, moral and bio-ethical teaching and Orthodox canons be disregarded in a contemporary secular society? Kevin’s guest is George E. Demacopolous, a Professor of Theology and the Fr. John Meyendorff and Patterson Family Chair of Orthodox Christian Studies, as well as the Co-Director of the Orthodox Christian Studies Center at Fordham University in New York.

Mr. Kevin Allen: Welcome to Ancient Faith Today. You know, as we enter the presidential election cycle in 2016, there are questions I’m sure we all have as to how we as believing Christians should approach our political decisions and make political choices. For example, what biblical principles or Church canons and to what extent should they be priorities in selecting candidates and supporting party platforms? Or, should Christian teachings—moral…

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Islam: Through the heart and mind of a convert to Orthodox Christianity - Part 2

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In this two-part interview Kevin's guest is "George," who became a Sunni Muslim at age 14 and studied to become an Imam at a madrasa, studying Quran, Arabic language, Islamic theology, hadith, and jurisprudence. He left Islam and became an Orthodox Christian 20 years later. Among other things, Kevin and his guest discuss Islamic theology, common misunderstandings of Christianity by Muslims, differences between "orthodox" Islam and the Nation of Islam, the true understanding and practice in Islam of slavery and jihad, and the extraordinary journey that led "George" to Orthodox Christianity.

Kevin: Welcome to Ancient Faith Today.

In this program we’re presenting part two of the fascinating interview with “George,” a recent convert to Eastern Orthodox Christianity from Islam to which he converted at the age of 14 and went on to study Islamic history, theology and jurisprudence with the goal of becoming an Imam. In this interview we’ll discuss George’s personal journey from Islam to the Orthodox Church. Welcome…

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Islam: Through the heart and mind of a convert to Orthodox Christianity - Part 1

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In this two-part interview Kevin's guest is "George," who became a Sunni Muslim at age 14 and studied to become an Imam at a madrasa, studying Quran, Arabic language, Islamic theology, hadith, and jurisprudence. He left Islam and became an Orthodox Christian 20 years later. Among other things, Kevin and his guest discuss Islamic theology, common misunderstandings of Christianity by Muslims, differences between "orthodox" Islam and the Nation of Islam, the true understanding and practice in Islam of slavery and jihad, and the extraordinary journey that led "George" to Orthodox Christianity.

Kevin: Welcome and thank you for joining me on this edition of Ancient Faith Today.

You know there is a lot coming from the media and news about Islam these days. In this two part series of which this is part one, I will be discussing Islam and the personal experiences of a recent convert to the Eastern Orthodox Church.

My guest converted to Islam at the age of 14 and 20 years or so later left Islam to become an Eastern Orthodox Christian,…

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Orthodox Fundamentalism: What is it and does it exist?

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Earlier in the year one of Kevin's guests, Dr. George E. Demacopoulos, wrote on the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese blog that through the increasing expansion of 'Orthodox fundamentalism' in ordinary parishes, "the entire Orthodox Church is at risk of being hijacked by extremists." Father John Whiteford, ROCOR priest and blogger wrote a robust rebuttal to this article. On this episode of Ancient Faith Today, Kevin discusses with his guests their views of 'Orthodox fundamentalism': what it is, whether it truly exists, and what impact it is having on the Orthodox Church today.

Kevin: In the beginning of this year, 2015, one of my guests on this program, Dr. George Demacopoulos, wrote an article on the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese’s blog site titled, Orthodox fundamentalism, in which he wrote, “the entire Orthodox Church is at risk of being hijacked by extremists.”

In response to this piece my second guest, Fr. John Whiteford, wrote a rebuttal to this article on his blog site, and the subject of Orthodox…

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David Daleiden - The Man Behind the Planned Parenthood Exposé

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In this special edition of Ancient Faith Today, Kevin speaks, in this extensive interview, with David Daleiden, the director of the Center For Medical Progress, the pro-life activist organization that planned and produced the ​exposé videos that have shaken the abortion industry in the United States.

Mr. Kevin Allen: Thank you for joining me on this special edition of Ancient Faith Today. You know, there are few stories with greater current significance and more “legs,” as we say in media, in the U.S. right now than the seven recent exposé videos that the pro-life activist organization, the Center for Medical Progress, released beginning in July, showing Planned Parenthood officials, the nation’s single largest provider…

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Orthodoxy and the Environment

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Kevin Allen talks with guest Father Michael Butler about how we might address the environmental issues that confront us today by appealing to the authentic Orthodox Tradition. Fr. Michael is the co-author of Creation and the Heart of Man.

Mr. Kevin Allen: Christ is risen! Good evening, and welcome to Ancient Faith Today, where we discuss the issues of the day from the perspective of the Eastern Orthodox Church and her holy Tradition. We’re streaming live, and we’ll be opening the lines and taking your live calls. I hope you’ll join the conversation tonight. The call-in number is 1-855-AF-RADIO, 1-855-237-2346.

As most of you know, this program is also…

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Sexuality, Virginity, and Marriage

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In this two-hour special, Kevin's guest is the V. Rev. Fr. Josiah Trenham, pastor of Saint Andrew Orthodox Church, Riverside, California, and the author of the recently published Virginity and Marriage According to Saint John Chrysostom (St Herman Press). They discussed and took calls on the views of the church fathers and the contemporary Orthodox Church on sex, marriage, and celibacy (monasticism) in the context of a sex-obsessed contemporary Western culture.

Mr. Kevin Allen: Welcome to Ancient Faith Today, and thank you for joining me on our first program of 2014. Tonight is a two-hour special. We’re streaming live, and we’ll be opening the lines and taking your live calls at about half-past the hour tonight, so we can establish a foundation first for tonight’s program, but that gives you an hour and a half to call in. Please do.

The call-in number is 1-855-AF-RADIO,…

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Addiction, Recovery, and Orthodox Christianity

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Fr. George Aquaro, author of the blog "Orthodoxy and Recovery," and Dr. Albert Rossi, a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of New York, discuss addiction and ways to overcome it.

Mr. Kevin Allen: Welcome to a two-hour edition of Ancient Faith Today this evening. We’re streaming live, and we’ll be opening the lines and taking your live calls at 30 minutes past the hour tonight. The call-in number, as the announcer mentioned, is 1-855-AF-RADIO; that’s 1-855-237-2346. I’ll announce the numbers again when the phone lines open after the first break. Our chatroom is now open: go to ancientfaith.com/ancientfaithtoday,…

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A Christian in Egypt

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Ancient Faith Radio presents a special edition of Ancient Faith Today with Kevin Allen – A Christian in Egypt. Kevin interviews a Coptic Christian in Cairo by telephone to get a first hand report on what has been happening in this troubled country over the last several days and weeks. For his own safety, we use only his first name.

AFR: Ancient Faith Radio presents a special edition of Ancient Faith Today with Kevin Allen: “A Christian in Egypt.” Kevin interviews a Coptic Christian in Cairo by telephone to get a first-hand report on what has been happening in this troubled country over the last several days and weeks. For his own safety, we use only his first name. Here’s Kevin:

Kevin Allen: Hello. This is Kevin Allen for Ancient Faith…

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Who Is A Christian?

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Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick is Kevin's guest as they discuss what it means to be a Christian in light of the thousands of Christian denominations. Fr. Andrew is the host of two podcasts on AFR and the author of the Conciliar Press book Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy.

Kevin Allen: Christ is risen! Truly he is risen! I hope all of you had a joyous and illumining Pascha, and let’s not forget to wish all of the mothers out there listening a happy Mother’s Day. We wouldn’t be here without you. Welcome to Ancient Faith Today. We’re Orthodox Media’s live listener call-in program on contemporary issues through the lens of the tradition of the Eastern Orthodox Church, and we’re streaming…

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