Wisdom, Philosophy, and the Event of Christ: An Interview with Nicholas Smith

by Tudor Petcu Another in a series of interviews with Orthodox converts, Tudor Petcu today interviews Nicholas Smith.  1.) I would like to begin our dialogue by taking into account the similarities between philosophy and Orthodoxy given the fact that is much easier talking about their differences as worldviews. What would be from your point of view the main purpose of these two ways of living, both of them focused on the idea of "wisdom"? Orthodoxy has a unique and tempestuous relationship with philosophy. One could say Orthodoxy is only Orthodox in as much as it refuses to be reduced into one particular philosophy, but that does not mean … [Read more...]

“Orthodoxy is Non-Negotiable for Moldova”

Is Orthodoxy non-negotiable for you? For us? See also this "97% of Moldovans Identify as Orthodox Christians" President Igor Dodon of Moldova says there are four things that are absolutely non-negotiable for his country. “I always tell all our partners that there are three or four things which I can never allow to be up for negotiation,” including the nation’s Orthodox faith, Dodon stated, reports Interfax-Religion. Continuing, Dodon said these non-negotiable points include, “our state, the preservation of Moldova, non-association with certain countries. The second is our neutrality—NATO is categorically unacceptable.” The third … [Read more...]

“Bible Answer Man” Hank Hanegraaff Joins the Orthodox Church

You probably already have heard this news, but we have some of Hank's own words on it. Welcome home, Hank! We here at JTO have been fans for awhile, and hope to speak to you personally about your journey! Known to millions as the “Bible Answer Man,” 77-year-old Hank Hanegraaff and his wife were received into the Orthodox Church this year on the great feast of Palm Sunday, at St. Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church in Charlotte, NC. Mr. Hanegraaff can be seen kneeling with a lit candle under a priest’s epitrachelion in the picture to the right. His wife’s hands can be seen as well. The picture originates from the Facebook page of the parish, but … [Read more...]

The Hotel: Why I Checked-Out of Protestantism: Part 9

by G. D. Andreano The Hope of the Future Even though there are many ways to critique the structure of Protestantism, I am hopeful for the future. The millennial generation is in a particular place in time, and that created a collective search for truth. With the rise of the internet, no prior generation has ever had a greater potential to be informed. This includes being informed about Church History, theology, and tradition. Millennials are leaving Evangelical Protestantism. Some of that group represents people who are leaving religion altogether, because they have discovered these same problems with the Evangelical Protestantism that … [Read more...]