Confronting Our Moral Crisis
This volume gathers responses of a wide array of Orthodox Christian scholars and writers to the moral crisis our world faces. Collectively, the authors remind us that it is only through our participation in the life of Christ that we can find the healing of our humanity through the restoration of His image in us.
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— About the Book —
Western societies today are coming unmoored in the face of an earth-shaking ethical and cultural paradigm shift. At its core is the question of what it means to be human and how we are meant to live. The old answers are no longer accepted; a dizzying array of options are offered in their stead. Underpinning this smorgasbord of lifestyles is a thicket of unquestioned assumptions, such as the separation of gender from biological sex, which not so long ago would have been universally rejected as radical notions.
In the spring of 2019, a group of Orthodox Christian scholars drawn from a wide variety of academic disciplines met together to offer responses to the moral crisis our generation faces, elaborating upon its various forms and facilitating a fuller understanding of some of its theological and philosophical foundations. In doing so they offer support to all those who question the claims that are so forcefully insisted upon today – a clarity that will aid them in standing up and resisting trends that have already shown to be the cause of great suffering and unhappiness.
Among the contributors to this volume are NY Times bestselling author Rod Dreher, Frederica Matthewes-Green, Dr David Bradshaw, Fr Chad Hatfield, and Fr Peter Heers. Collectively, these scholars remind us that it is only through our participation in the life of Christ, God who became man, that we can find the healing of our humanity through the restoration in us of His image, in which we were formed at the beginning of time.
— Author Biography —
Archpriest Alexander F. C. Webster, Ph.D., is Dean and Professor of Moral Theology Emeritus at Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville, New York. A retired U.S. Army chaplain, Fr Alexander has served parishes in Clairton, PA, Falls Church, VA, and Stafford, VA as an Orthodox priest of over 37 years. He is the author or co-author of four books, including The Virtue of War: Reclaiming the Classic Christian Traditions East and West, The Pacifist Option: The Moral Argument Against War in Eastern Orthodox Theology and The Price of Prophecy: Orthodox Churches on Peace, Freedom, and Security.
Alfred Kentigern Siewers, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of English at Bucknell University, where he also co-directs the Bucknell Program for American Leadership and Citizenship. Dr. Siewers is the author of Strange Beauty: Ecocritical Approaches to Early Medieval Landscape. His recent public writings have appeared in The Federalist, The American Conservative, and Public Discourse.
Dr. David C. Ford is Professor of Church History at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Seminary, in South Canaan, PA. His most recent publications include Women and Men in the Early Church: The Vision of Saint John Chrysostom, Wisdom for Today from the Early Church, and Saint Tikhon of Moscow: Instructions and Teachings for the American Orthodox Faithful (1898 - 1907).
— Contents —
Part One - Diagnoses: Chastity, Purity, Integrity
The Beauty of Chastity, Prof. David Bradshaw
The Splendor of Purity, Frederica Mathewes-Green
The Gnosticism of Modernity and the Quest for Radical Autonomy, Prof. Bruce Seraphim Foltz
Gnosis, Techne, Hedone (Erudition, Technology, Pleasure): Contemporary Secular Anthropological Assumptions, Dr. Gaelan Gilbert
Orthodox Christian Bioethics vs. Secular Bioethics: A Conceptual Geography, Prof. Mark Cherry
Hierarchy, Inequality, and the Mystery of Male and Female, Prof. Mary Ford
The Mystery of Male and Female, Masculine and Feminine: Whys, Wherefores, and Warnings, Prof. Edith Humphrey
Part Two - Remedies: Moral, Pastoral, and Social
Acquiring an Orthodox Ethos, Archpriest Peter Heers
ICXC NIKA: The Liberty of Theosis, Prof. Alfred Kentigern Siewers
Twenty-Six Foundations for Centering the Lives of our Youth in Purity, Chastity, and Integrity, Prof. David C. Ford
Restoring Young Men to Manhood, Fr. Johannes Jacobse
The Eucharist as Antidote to Secularism: Insights from a Twentieth-Century American Orthodox Perspective, Archpriest Chad Hatfield
“Radechesis”: A Return to Radical Catechesis, Archpriest John Parker
“The Benedict Option” and Orthodox Anthropology: A Summary, Rod Dreher
“Benedict,” “Constantine,” and “Prophecy”—Three Options in the Coming Storm, Archpriest Alexander Webster