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Reflections on the Rise and Fall of Christendom - A series of forty reflections on the history of Christian civilization, or Christendom. The entire podcast is organized around the theme of "paradise and utopia" - that is, of the civilization's orientation toward the kingdom of heaven when traditional Christianity was influential, and of its "disorientation" toward the fallen world in the wake of traditional Christianity's decline in the west following the Great Schism.

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Reflections on the Rise and Fall of Christendom - A series of forty reflections on the history of Christian civilization, or Christendom. The entire podcast is organized around the theme of "paradise and utopia" - that is, of the civilization's orientation toward the kingdom of heaven when traditional Christianity was influential, and of its "disorientation" toward the fallen world in the wake of traditional Christianity's decline in the west following the Great Schism.

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Amazing podcast series

By Dopeybme - Feb 03 2020
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I just finished his book which is also amazing “The Age of Paradise.” I think listening to this podcast series, and reading his book together are very informative. I enjoy studying church history from a variety of sources, and Fr. John Stickland does a remarkable job in both his podcast and his book.

Deep coverage of an important topic

By RWB in Indiana - Jan 18 2018
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Fr. John isn't a charismatic presenter, but he's a historian interpreting Christian history, East and West, from an Eastern Orthodox perspective.

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16 Ratings
Average Ratings
15
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Amazing podcast series

By Dopeybme - Feb 03 2020
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I just finished his book which is also amazing “The Age of Paradise.” I think listening to this podcast series, and reading his book together are very informative. I enjoy studying church history from a variety of sources, and Fr. John Stickland does a remarkable job in both his podcast and his book.

Deep coverage of an important topic

By RWB in Indiana - Jan 18 2018
Read more
Fr. John isn't a charismatic presenter, but he's a historian interpreting Christian history, East and West, from an Eastern Orthodox perspective.

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Rank #1: Papal Supremacy and the Parting of the Ways III

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In this episode, Fr. John discusses the coming of the crusades and the decisive role played by Pope Gregory VII.

May 15 2014

42mins

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Rank #2: The Fall of Paradise I: Reformation Muenster as the New Jerusalem

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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.

Jun 27 2017

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Rank #3: Frankish Christendom and the Estrangement of East and West I

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Fr. John discusses the rise of the Franks in Western Christianity.

Jan 17 2014

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Rank #4: The Origins of Christendom in the Cosmology of Christ’s Great Commission

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Fr. John discusses cosmology, a concept that was very important to the early Church.

Apr 11 2013

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Rank #5: The Formation of a Christian Subculture in the Pagan Roman Empire

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Fr. John explores what could be called the catacomb culture of the Church in relation to the Roman Empire.

Apr 18 2013

46mins

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Rank #6: Papal Supremacy and the Parting of the Ways IV

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In this episode, Fr. John discusses Pope Urban II's calling of the First Crusade and the impact it and the crusades of the twelfth century had upon relations between the Orthodox and Roman Catholics.

Jun 05 2014

25mins

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Rank #7: Continuity and Catastrophe in the Old Christendom II: Hesychasm

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Fr. John introduces the force that kept traditional Christianity on course at a moment of crisis in the east, Hesychasm, and how it maintained Christendom's focus on paradise.

May 29 2015

32mins

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Rank #8: The Rise of Anthropological Pessimism in the West II

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Fr. John contends that to understand the coming of the Renaissance and its humanism, one really needs to understand how in the West the doctrines about man became increasingly pessimistic.

Nov 26 2013

30mins

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Rank #9: The Third Rome I: Ivan the Terrible and the Murder of Saint Philip

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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.

Sep 16 2015

29mins

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Rank #10: Frankish Christendom and the Estrangement of East and West II

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Fr. John looks at the development that took place within the Frankish lands themselves, especially those concerning the liturgy.

Jan 24 2014

24mins

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Rank #11: Papal Reformation and the Great Schism: I

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Fr. John discusses the spiritual decline of the Church in the West and the attempt to reform this degradation.

Mar 07 2014

38mins

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Rank #12: The Byzantine Liturgy and the Roman Mass as Acts of Cosmic Reorientation

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Fr. John looks at traditional Christianity's eucharistic rites in order to see how they served to reorient the world toward the kingdom of heaven.

Jul 12 2013

33mins

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Rank #13: The Old Believer Schism and the Decline of Russian Christendom before Peter the Great

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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.

Nov 05 2015

42mins

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Rank #14: Papal Supremacy and the Parting of the Ways I

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In the anecdotal introduction to a new reflection, Fr. John tells the story of the fall of Constantinople to the western crusaders in 1204, showing how this event, inspired in part by new claims of papal supremacy, resulted in the permanent separation of eastern and western Christendom.

Apr 17 2014

27mins

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Rank #15: Eucharistic Worship as an Experience of Paradise

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Fr. John discusses eucharistic worship as an experience of paradise.

Jul 11 2013

24mins

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Rank #16: Four Pillars of Traditional Christian Culture

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Fr. John fills in the picture of the Church's early subculture.

Apr 25 2013

53mins

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Rank #17: The Holy Empress Pulcheria and the Origin of the Thrice-Holy Hymn

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Fr. John discusses the life and activities of St. Pulcheria, as well as how the Trisagion came into Orthodox worship.

Jun 20 2013

20mins

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Rank #18: The Spiritual Transformation of Society I: Monasticism

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Fr. John explores what exactly monasticim was in the days of St. Macarius.

Aug 18 2013

51mins

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Rank #19: The Rise of Anthropological Pessimism III

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Fr. John addresses the foundations in the West of a growing pessimism about man's condition, paying particular attention to Augustine.

Dec 05 2013

28mins

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Rank #20: Introduction to Part Two of the Podcast: The Nicolaitan Schism

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In the first episode of part two of his four-part podcast "Paradise and Utopia," Fr. John Strickland, a professor of history at Saint Katherine Orthodox College, describes how Pope Nicholas I paved the way for the rapid development of the papal theory of empire.

Nov 14 2013

17mins

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