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The Framework for a Relational Vision:

Eastern Orthodox Resources


Public Orthodoxy: Bridging the Ecclesial, the Academic, and the Political (website) excellent articles from the Orthodox Christian Studies Center of Fordham University, part of a special project of the Orthodox Theological Society of America (website) and the International Orthodox Theological Association (website)


Orthodox History (website), International Orthodox Christian Charities (website), and Orthodox Christian Mission Center (website)


Wikipedia, Empress Theodora, Wife of Justinian I example of women's rights and religious tolerance from 500's; see also Stella Duffy's The Purple Shroud, a work of historical fiction



Timothy S. Miller, The Birth of the Hospital in the Byzantine Empire (Amazon book, Jun 17, 1997) is a masterpiece.  It shows one of the most positive interactions between church and government.  It is impressive how much data we have.  This also makes a good case that our science, medicine, and health system should be publicly supported in some form.  See also The Cosmological Vision of St. Basil and the First Hospital (Servant of Prayer blog, Apr 8, 2014) and Father Johannes Jacobse, St. Basil the Great and Christian Philanthropy (American Orthodox Institute USA, Dec 20, 2014) and Thomas Heyne, Reconstructing the World's First Hospital: The Basiliad (Hektoen International: A Journal of Medical Humanities, Spring 2015)


Bases for the Social Concept of the Russian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate, 2000)


(Amazon book, 2007) a vital counterpart to biblical exegesis: major theologians from the early church to the present; rereading them is vital


Robert Spencer, Slavery, Christianity, and Islam (First Things, Feb 4, 2008)


John Couretas, Orthodox Christianity and Globalization (Orthodoxy Today blog, Spring 2008)


Father Ernesto, On Healthcare and the Church (OrthoCuban blog, Aug 9, 2009)


David Bentley Hart, Atheist Delusions (2010)


David Holden, Distributism: A Primer for Orthodox Christians (In Communion, Nov 24, 2010)


Emmanuel Clapsis, Peace, Economic Injustice, and the Orthodox Church (Greek Orthodox Diocese in America, May 18, 2011)


Father Ernesto, Did the Church Fathers Address the Issue of Slavery? (OrthoCuban, Jan 21, 2012)


David Bentley Hart, Is, Ought, and Nature's Laws (First Things, Mar 2013; a rejection of 'natural law' without revelation)


The Orthodox Church and State, Church, State, and Violence in Medieval Russia (The Orthodox Church and State blog, Mar 28, 2013)


David Bentley Hart, No Enduring City: The Gospel Both Created and Destroyed Christendom (First Things, Aug 2013) fundamental incompatibility between church and state


Michael Bordeaux, Father Gleb Yakunin Obituary (The Guardian, Dec 30, 2014) an Eastern Orthodox example of human rights activism


John Chryssavgis, An Eastern Orthodox Perspective on Laudato Si (First Things, Jul 6, 2015)


Stanley S. Harakas, The Stand of the Orthodox Church on Controversial Issues (Greek Orthodox Diocese of America)


Scott Nevins, Eastern Orthodox Saints Who Committed Suicide (blog, Jan 24, 2016) notes how the early church accepted suicide to preserve sexual chastity/virginity; and how that view changed to forbid suicide


Ovidiu Hurduzeu, Distributist Economy For the Orthodox Countries (Katehon, Mar 16, 2016)


Katehon, The Economy in the Context of Globalization (Katehon, May 23, 2016)


Katehon, Russian Orthodox Church Against Liberal Globalization, Usury, Dollar Hegemony, and Neocolonialism (Katehon, May 26, 2016)


(Amazon book, 2017) examines multiple angles from various scholars wrestling with modernity; includes chapters on prophetic, ecclesial, civic, and symphonic positions


Matthew Franklin Cooper, (In)vested Interests (Heavy Anglo Orthodox blog, Jul 10, 2017) also a helpful resource on various policy issues like usury, just wages, unions


(Amazon book, 2018) examines the theology of hierarchy - a technical term not identical with power structures - beginning with Dionysius the Areopagite


Mario Baghos, Philosophies of Church and State in Christian Constantinople (International Network for Byzantine Philosophy, Jun 13, 2018) views Mark of Ephesus as last of a long line who saw that Empire and Church were separable; Empire was not worth saving if it meant compromising Church

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