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The Fall of Paradise VIII: The Wars of Western Religion

12/5/2017
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In this final episode of Part 2 of the Podcast, Father John discusses the catastrophic wars that broke out in western Christendom during the Reformation age. These wars, along with other forces unleashed by developments in the Reformation and earlier, would ultimately result in the loss of Christianity's legitimacy, leading to the rise of a modern, secularized form of Christendom centered upon the experience of utopia.

Duration:01:34:40

The Fall of Paradise VII: From Communion to Commonwealth in Puritan England.

11/24/2017
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In this episode Father John explores the way in which the loss of sacramental experience among Calvinists led to the rise of a political ideology that would unintentionally lay the foundation for utopia.

Duration:01:11:27

The Fall of Paradise VI: The Reformation of Worship

11/3/2017
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n this episode Father John discusses Reformed attitudes toward worship, and the ways in which western Christendom's liturgical and sacramental foundations were eroded when they were put into practice.

Duration:01:11:11

The Fall of Paradise V: The Cosmology of Calvinism

10/27/2017
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In this episode Fr. John discusses ways in which Reformed cosmology represented a shift from the heavenly immanence of paradisiacal Christendom toward the heavenly transcendence of utopian Christendom.

Duration:00:56:25

The Fall of Paradise IV: The Spirit of Calvinism

9/19/2017
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In this episode Father John discusses a few tendencies in Calvinism that would serve to undermine the place of paradise in Reformation Christendom, especially the doctrine of "total depravity" and the spiritual anxiety that accompanied it.

Duration:01:13:58

The Fall of Paradise III: The Case of John Calvin

9/11/2017
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In this episode Fr. John explores the life of Protestant father John Calvin and the reformer's contribution to the Reformation project.

Duration:01:04:46

The Fall of Paradise II: The Reformation of Western Christendom

8/26/2017
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In this episode Father John describes some of the most noteworthy effects of the Protestant Reformation on Western Christendom, emphasizing the decline of a sacramental basis for civilization and the rise of a primarily moral one.

Duration:00:50:47

The Fall of Paradise I: Reformation Muenster as the New Jerusalem

6/26/2017
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In this anecdotal introduction to the final reflection of Part 2 of the podcast, Father John relates the extraordinary story of a Reformation-era town that declared itself the kingdom of Christ on earth, a "New Jerusalem." Expressing a profound absence of God in the world, however, the story of Reformation Muenster was in fact a sign of the fall of a Christendom centered upon the experience of paradise.

Duration:00:47:12

The Crisis of Western Christendom V: The Protestant “Resolution”

12/6/2016
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In this episode Father John concludes his reflection on the critical state of western Christendom on the eve of modern times, exploring how the Reformation tried to resolve the issue of anthropological pessimism but ironically served to intensify it.

Duration:00:28:47

The Crisis of Western Christendom IV: New Directions in Western Soteriology

10/6/2016
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In this episode, Father John continues his discussion of developments that led to the Protestant Reformation, emphasizing doctrines and practices related to human salvation.

Duration:00:44:25

The Crisis of Western Christendom: The Curse of Anthropological Pessimism

7/6/2016
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In this latest episode on the impending Protestant Reformation, Fr. John discusses ways in which the long legacy of pessimism about the human condition and the world in general undermined western Christendom at one of her most critical moments.

Duration:00:50:46

The Crisis of Western Christendom II: The Hypertrophic Papacy

5/24/2016
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In this episode, Fr. John discusses ways in which papal supremacy led to the growing sense of crisis that preceded the Protestant Reformation.

Duration:00:34:45

The Crisis of Western Christendom I: Martin Luther’s Reformation Breakthrough

4/19/2016
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Returning after a long absence from the podcast, Fr. John in this episode introduces a new reflection on the crisis of western Christendom prior to the Reformation by discussing the penitential context of Martin Luther's famous Ninety-Five Theses.

Duration:00:41:02

The Old Believer Schism and the Decline of Russian Christendom before Peter the Great

11/5/2015
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In this final episode of his reflection on Muscovite Russia, Fr. John describes the Old Believer Schism as a crisis in the formerly optimistic cosmology of eastern Christendom, leading to its decline on the eve of modern times.

Duration:00:42:23

The Third Rome IV: Muscovite Russia and Western Christendom

10/15/2015
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In this episode, Fr. John discusses Muscovite Russia's encounter with the West in the face of Uniatism, military invasion, and theological "captivity," all of which contributed to the decline of eastern Christendom.

Duration:00:35:09

The Third Rome III: The Possessor Controversy and Its Consequences

10/2/2015
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In this episode, Fr. John discusses an important and fateful development in the history of Russian Christendom before modern times, the Possessor Controversy.

Duration:00:45:29

The Third Rome II: The Rise of Muscovite Russia

9/24/2015
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In this episode Father John describes the rise of the Muscovite state within Russian Christendom, and the way its Orthodox leaders began to see themselves as heirs to the fallen Byzantine Empire.

Duration:00:21:50

The Third Rome I: Ivan the Terrible and the Murder of Saint Philip

9/16/2015
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Having related the fall of Byzantium to the Turks, Fr. John now begins a reflection on the only remaining Orthodox state in eastern Christendom, Muscovite Russia. In this introductory anecdote he tells of an event in the history of this "Third Rome" that signaled the coming decline of ecclesio-political symphony, and with it the experience of paradise.

Duration:00:29:45

Continuity and Catastrophe in the Old Christendom VI: The Muslim Conquest of Constantinople

9/9/2015
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In this final episode of Reflection 17, Fr. John relates the final catastrophe to befall eastern Christendom during the period, the fall of Constantinople to the Turks in 1453.

Duration:00:31:59

Continuity and Catastrophe in the Old Christendom V: Mark of Ephesus and the Council of Florence

9/4/2015
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Fr. John gives an account of the atmosphere in Italy in which Orthodox and Roman Catholic delegates met to discuss the possibility of union in the middle of the fifteenth century. Only one of the Orthodox would refuse to sign the resulting Treaty of Union, Saint Mark of Ephesus.

Duration:00:30:36