Fr. Alexander Schmemann on Preaching Negativity

Fathers John Tkachuk, Alexander Schmemann & Thomas Hopko

Some priests only accuse, only frighten, only threaten, and nothing else. Why? All right – we live in a frightening world. But isn’t it just as bad as it was when it crucified Christ? What can be added to that horror, that fear? Didn’t Christ give Himself to be crucified so that we could walk in a New Life? – life, and not religion. The Savior freed us from the fear, legalism, and power of religion.

* This excerpt is from “The Journals of Father Alexander Schmemann, 1973-1983”


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