A Brief View of the Orthodox Use of Symbols

Recently I’ve been reading a fascinating book called “The Art of the Icon,” by Paul Evdokimov, which presents a theology of beauty from an Orthodox Christian perspective. As a relatively recent convert to the Orthodox Church (nearly 5 years, i.e., just long enough for one to realize how much he doesn’t know) I am always […]

Why tension-free living is a terrible goal

Those who follow much of the current pop-psychology and religious thought might be under the impression that perfect, unending peace of mind is the assumed goal for everyone; that one must strive to conquer one’s inner conflicts to such an extent that stress is altogether eliminated. Ridiculous! If tension-free living is your goal get ready […]

The most important thing when talking to your kids about death

Think that children don’t think about death? Think again. An abundance of research has shown that death can often be a pervasive concern for young kids. If you are a parent who has not had dreaded ‘death discussion’ with your child just wait, it’s coming. And it will probably come at a completely unexpected moment. […]

Transcending Workplace Discrimination: an Orthodox Christian Perspective

I had before me what I thought was a once in a lifetime opportunity to work with a top-notch counseling team at a renowned cancer treatment hospital for my counseling internship. In reality, I would soon come to understand that I was about to enter a minefield of anti-male bias that would tax me in […]

Fighting Loneliness in an Impersonal World

If you have ever stood in a crowded room and felt completely alone then you understand that loneliness is not the same as being alone. For a lonely person crowds will often serve to amplify, not decrease, the loneliness. Psychiatrist Frieda Fromm-Reichmann, a leading researcher in the phenomenon of loneliness in the late 1950’s, said […]

Erich Fromm on Modern Idolatry: Where Psychotherapy and Religion Intersect

“The threat to the religious attitude lies not in science but in the predominant practices of daily life.” writes Erich Fromm in his famous work, “Psychoanalysis and Religion.” He explains that, “man has ceased to seek in himself the supreme purpose of living and has made himself an instrument serving the economic machine his own […]