In Defense of Invented Words

I read an essay recently (I won’t shame him by posting a link; he’s a friend, after all) in which the essayist went off on a screed—well, it wasn’t very long, so more of a diatribe—about invented words  (ie, “woke” and “fleek”), the verbing of nouns (ie, “adulting” and “Draking” … “Draking”? Really?). His point …

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The Trouble with the Gibeonites

Throughout history the Orthodox Church has made concession for various things which “contradict” canon law, or canon law itself makes provision for things which some people feel are not quite biblical. This odd relationship between rules and reality, between divine intent and human weakness, between the absolute and the pastoral, is as old as scripture …

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