The Department of Missions and Evangelism
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America
people are seeking discussion, can we help?
In January of 2018 the Assembly of Bishops released a research paper with data on the high value of edifying small groups within a church community.
Related to that data, it is interesting to notice that Meetup.com is a website with 8 million members, 80,000 meetup groups, and 50,000 weekly sessions. These 8 million members are also seeking edifying small groups.
We need to know about Post-modernism as a philosophy and the social constructs this philosophy seeks to build. Post-modernism might be defined by an attitude of skepticism or rejection toward the meta-narratives and ideologies of modernism (The Enlightenment Period). Consequently, common targets of post-modern critique include universalist notions of objective reality, morality, truth, human nature, reason, language, and social progress.
It is difficult for us to unravel such complexities, and although Jordan Peterson does not claim to be a Christian, still, I think he is the best on the current scene at unraveling the tenets of this emerging worldview. For this reason, I think we should at least acquaint ourselves with Peterson’s critique of Post-Modernism, not from a political perspective, but rather from a spiritual perspective. And who knows, it could open windows of opportunity for us to engage in a dialogue with seekers who are looking for a spiritual anchor of stability in the ever-shifting sands of the post-modern and post-Christian world in which we live.
In the words of His Grace Bp Anthony at the 2018 Clergy Symposium, "Sometimes people criticize us as Orthodox because we're not involved in every changing vicissitude of the world...that can be somewhat of a weakness if we never respond, but we still have to keep that high metapolitical, or something above the world that we live in, because if we do not reveal "Thy Kingdom yet to come" then lose the whole raison d'etre of why we are priests." - Fr. John Finley