Saturday, February 1, 2014

Spiritual Transformation and Political Engagement: Reflections on the Teachings of Fr. John Romanides

How should a devout Christian approach politics? [i]  To what or to whom does ou turn for guidance?[ii] Understandably, Christians often rely on such traditional cues as scriptural verses and conciliar decisions to inform (or, in some cases, simply justify) their political positions.  However, in drawing from the tradition of the Eastern Orthodox Church, especially as explicated by one of its most influential contemporary theologians, Fr. John Romanides,[iii] I explain why we should not be content with merely following these heuristics, apart from having undergone a genuine spiritual transformation.

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