Thursday, July 20, 2006

On having your priorities straight like the Amish
Radoje Spasojevic, who is Eastern Orthodox, writes:
The essential problem is that we have not made Orthodoxy the foundation, adapting it to our modern lives and not the other way around.

This is where the Amish provide a powerful example. Despite the criticism by those who at heart are probably profoundly uncomfortable with what the Amish stand for, the Amish are not “stuck in the past”. While it is most visible in the realm of technology, the Amish are engaged with the modern world, but the critical difference between them and us is that they meet the modern world on
their terms. Anything that enters their society is prayerfully evaluated on whether or not it is compatible with their beliefs, and what the possible effects will be on their families and society. Replacing our modern life with the Orthodoxy “add-on”, with a way of living that was Orthodox first, with modern life intruding, if it all, only when and where it is found compatible with the Orthodox faith. If this means starting from scratch in an agrarian fashion, so be it. But even without a “back to the land” ethic, would mean a more organic sense of community. It would mean Orthodox faithful living with a close distance of the nearest Orthodox church, and thus each other.

If living in humility means watching a 20” TV... instead of a wide-screen plasma; or driving a ten-year old Subaru station wagon instead of a new Hummer H2 then what is stopping us?
Paige writes at The Ochlophobist that passivity to abortion (and I’ll add contraception) is wrong. Feel-good marches do little real good, and don’t be played by warmongering, statist politicians who use that issue, but complete inaction isn’t the answer either. As these bloggers are writing about the Orthodox I’ll add that the OCA are newcomers to pro-life work to impress their RC opposite number (specifically, then-Bishop Herman impressing sometime Scranton diocesan Bishop James Timlin, his neighbour in Pennsylvania); the Antiochians thanks to charismagelical crossover.

Fr John Chryssagvis on letting go and letting God
From Pontifications

More on why men hate church
Of course they don’t like sissy religion. The problem has been around a long time (search the blog and/or read John Weldon Hardenbrook and Patrick Arnold). The answer to restore balance (because of course there’s a place for what is or what’s regarded as feminine) is to get away from out-of-control devotionalism and sentimentality (be it dodgy apparitions in Bosnia or ‘contemporary Christian music’) and rebuild on the foundation of sound theology and Mass-and-office Catholicism.

From Titus 1:9.

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