Acton Commentary: Economics and the Orthodox Council

Today for Acton’s weekly Acton Commentary op-ed, I critique the economics (or lack thereof) behind the economic ethics of the recent statement approved by the Orthodox council in Crete, “The Mission of the Orthodox Church in Today’s World.” I write:

The document begins strong by claiming that the word of the Church, “addressed to the world, has as its aim first of all not to judge and condemn the world … but to offer it as guidance the Gospel of the Kingdom of God.” This is wonderful. However, in seeking to tease out the social implications of the Gospel, it at times comes frightfully close to judging and condemning virtually all of human civilization.

Read the full essay here.

PowerBlog: How to Have a Great and Holy Council

Today at Acton, I have a post that combines Church politics, spirituality, economics, history, and theology (oh my!). Excerpt:

Put in spiritual terms, we know that the path to sainthood is not instant perfection but a long and dedicated repentance. Like a healthy market economy, “Successes in life often come at the end of a long road of many failures.” So too with sainthood. If that is what it takes for individuals to be holy, why should Church councils be any different?

Read the whole post here.