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...]

Irreconcilable Differences in Orthodox Conversion

By Tudor Petcu A Romanian writer, Tudor is a graduate of the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest, Romania. He has published a number of articles related to philosophy and theology in different cultural and academic journals. His work focuses on the evolution of Orthodox spirituality in Western societies as well and he is going to publish a book of interviews with Westerners converted to Orthodoxy. In this post, he interviews Fr. Brian Noel, an American Convert to Orthodoxy. First of all, I would like you to talk a little bit about yourself and about your conversion to Orthodoxy, so that our readers discover your personality. I … [Read more...]

Klaus Kenneth talks about Elder Sophrony

by Tudor Petcu A Romanian writer, Tudor is a graduate of the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest, Romania. He has published a number of articles related to philosophy and theology in different cultural and academic journals. His work focuses on the evolution of Orthodox spirituality in Western societies as well and he is going to publish a book of interviews with Westerners converted to Orthodoxy. In this article, he interviews Klaus Kenneth, whose conversion story you can read HERE, on Elder Sophrony. 1.) First of all, please do tell us when you have met Orthodoxy and why have chosen the conversion to Orthodoxy. Can you say that … [Read more...]

Plumbing the Depths of the Holy Spirit

by Tudor Petcu Another in our series by Romanian writer, Tudor Petcu. Tudor is a graduate of the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest, Romania. He has published a number of articles related to philosophy and theology in different cultural and academic journals. His work focuses on the evolution of Orthodox spirituality in Western societies as well and he is going to publish a book of interviews with Westerners converted to Orthodoxy. In this article, he interviews Andy Franqueira. 1) First of all, I would be tempted to ask you about your spiritual experiences that you had over the years. Which of them were the most important in … [Read more...]