The most helpful essays of 2010 (or in the past few years)
Azkoul, Fr. Michael. “Sacred Monarchy and the Modern Secular State.” Decent job in demonstrating the worldviews that underlie both sacerdotal monarchy and modern democracy. I do not often agree with Fr Azkoul, but this is a good read.
Bradshaw, David. “Augustine the Metaphysician.” Orthodox Readings on Augustine. Eds. Papanikolaou, Aristotle and Demacopolous, George. Crestwood, NY: St Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2008. A summary of his Aristotle East and West. While Bradshaw has been ridiculed, and his detractors have done little more than simply chant “De Regnon is debunked,” he has offered one of the more powerful critiques of the limitations of Western theological thought.
Farrell, Joseph. “A Theological Introduction to the Mystagogy of St Photios.” A summary of the neo-Palamite critique of Western theology. While people ridicule Farrell because of his Giza Death Star theory, Farrell’s summary of St Maximus has actually been quoted in the leading theological work on St Maximus, which the author notes few critics of neo-Palamism have actually interacted with Dr. Farrell. ‘Sup?
Farrell, Joseph. “Prolegomena: God, History, and Dialectic: The Theological Foundations to the Two Europes.” The arguments in this book have had a powerful impact on me. Farrell outlines how the dialectical tensions within the Filioque have an effect on all of Western society. Also shows how Russia did theology without relying on the dialectical tensions of Aristotle and Plato.
Milbank, John. “An Alternative Protestantism.” Radical Orthodoxy and the Reformed Tradition. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academics, 2005. I actually read this a few years ago, but Christology has been the reference point in my theological journeys, and Milbank’s essay pointed out some major problems in Reformed Christological thought.
A lot of Fr. Matthew Raphael Johnson’s essays continue to challenge me. Unfortunately, his rusjournal.com site is no longer running, and not all of his essays have been transferred to The Orthodox Nationalist.
Trifkovic, Srdja. “Orthodoxy versus Modernity.” If I may employ a van Tillian term, Trifkovic nicely outlines the antithesis between the globalist elite and what an Orthodox outlook should be. Or in any case, he demonstrates why the Globalists hate traditionally Orthodox countries–and these reasons why should make conservative Protestants pause, for they should realize they are next on the globalists’ agenda.