The Tradition of Hating Tradition

The tradition of hating tradition is a phenomenon found in abundance among many Christians today. Having spent 19 years in the independent Evangelical movement, I know the dizzying freedom one feels when he rejects “religious tradition” in the name of “having a personal relationship with Jesus,” as if the two were mutually exclusive. In my…

The Individual and the Church: John Zizioulas and the Eastern Orthodox Perspective

John Zizioulas is the Eastern Orthodox Metropolitan (Bishop) of Pergamon, Greece, and a highly influential theologian noted for building bridges between East and West. His landmark book, Being as Communion, introduced his basic ecclesiological outlook of the church as koinōnia, or communion. By “communion,” Zizioulas has in mind something belonging to the ontology of being…

The Individual and the Church: Helmut Thielické and the Lutheran Perspective

Helmut Thielické’s ecclesiology and anthropology, like Rahner, was unique in that he was greatly influenced by the events of WWII. As a German theologian and pastor living under the harsh realities of the Nazi-Regime, and side-by-side with Russian communism after the war, Thielické became a world authority on the destructive nature of collectivism when fused…