Steven Wedgeworth’s lectures on the subject are now available here. The subjects are:
A money quote:
This is a common occurrence with the radical converts too. They never convert to Orthodoxy in order to meditate silently atop a mountain. No, they get a wholesale makeover and then begin talk talk talking again. They shift from Right Wing fundy-extremists to pacifist vegans. They start talking about “the Jews” this and “the Freemasons” that. They join Serbian liberation movements. There’s more than a bit of identity crisis involved here.
Why is that converts to Rome and the East don’t blaze a trail of evangelizing the lost, but rather start using endless quotes from the Fathers to bash their previous existence as Protestants? There is an identity crisis at work, just look at the shambles that is now Frank Schaeffer.
The flurry of angry e-mails from Mr. Khalife, an archdiocese trustee, was one of the uglier manifestations of a controversy that has been causing turmoil, tension, and confusion in the venerable Christian denomination founded by Jesus’ disciples Ss. Paul and Barnabas in Antioch in 42 A.D. The bitter dispute centers on the role and authority of bishops, which in turn affects the self-rule status of the North American Archdiocese, obtained in 2003 after years of negotiation with Patriarch Ignatius IV and the Holy Synod in Damascus. Although self-governing, the archdiocese still reports to Damascus on matters of theology.
Since February, the fabric of the North American Antiochian Orthodox church has been stretched at the seams over allegations of deception, power-mongering, and even forgery. A longtime chancellor has resigned in protest, and some insiders are predicting that the upcoming national convention in Palm Desert, Calif., will turn into “Palm Desert Storm.”
I finally finished touching up this paper which is part of an old book. It’s a discussion of the use of art in the Anglican Church and it makes clear our position on icons and the like.
You can see it here.
I really don’t need more books, but I bought some anyway. I am way excited about them too. Today I received: