Sam Harris and the Pancake Elvis: an Orthodox Christian defense of the Eucharist

Sam Harris has seen immense growth in popularity after starting his latest project – Waking Up with Sam Harris podcast. This project has expanded his repertoire to include far more subjects in his talks than his traditional mainstay of New Atheist apologetics. As part of the project Harris has released several memes as well. A…

“Physician, Heal Thyself”: first steps towards an Orthodox psychotherapy

The phrase “Physician, heal thyself” is recognized the world over as perhaps the single greatest put-down in recorded history aimed, of course, at Jesus Christ by his accusers during his passion on the cross. Christ performed many public healings so it must have seemed unbelievably ironic to those standing around that he was unable to…

Rite of Passage

The Cherokee have a rite of passage for their youth. Whether the rite is still practiced I have no idea, but I hope it is. Apparently a father takes his boy into the wilderness, blindfolds him, and has him sit alone on a stump. The boy is to remain on the stump throughout the night…

The Loneliest One

The loneliest one is not the one who knows he is alone in the world. To know one is alone is actually the beginning of emancipation, and has little in common with the dread hopelessness of being truly alone. Awareness of loneliness has the power to make one at home in the earth, to integrate…

Nostalgia for the Savage Life

I often find myself wishing I were living the savage life. I use savage in the old sense to mean pre-civilized man. The savage had many advantages that modern man will likely never have, or even conceive of. For example, the ability to see the full night sky. Modern lighting has made this spectacle nearly…