How to read Scripture

Tradition vs. zeitgeist

The Vatican has suspended its dialogue with the Anglican Church, following the decision of its American branch to consecrate as a bishop a man who left his wife to enter a relationship with another man. The Russian Orthodox Church had already ended the dialogue for the same reason.

One of the very few blessings of this sad debate is that it forces a serious look at what we mean by tradition, and at how binding a force tradition...

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About the Author

John Garvey is an Orthodox priest and columnist for Commonweal. His most recent book is Seeds of the Word: Orthodox Thinking on Other Religions.