Unsolicited Advice for Pastors: How to Shut Up

First of all, my apologies to anyone scandalized by my punchy, click-baity title. Here's a more graceful way of saying it, from St. Seraphim of Sarov: "Silence is the cross on which we must crucify our egos." Every now and then, when I talk to pastors of various faiths, I get questions about counseling and… Continue reading Unsolicited Advice for Pastors: How to Shut Up

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On Religion and Happiness: Does Orthodoxy Make You Sad?

You may have seen a news article about a recent study by the World Bank that found, among other things, that Eastern Orthodox Christians, as opposed to Protestants and Roman Catholics, tend to report lower levels of happiness and life satisfaction. The authors of that study point to differences in theology, history, and beliefs about… Continue reading On Religion and Happiness: Does Orthodoxy Make You Sad?