The two volumes entitled
Interventions in Contemporary Society contain various texts written from time to time for newspapers and periodicals in response to pastoral needs, as well as spoken and written interviews. The Church provides an answer to people’s problems. It contributes its theological word in our own day, and strives to wake up the people of God and point them in the right direction. The first section of the book is entitled ‘Timely Comments’. The second section, ‘Informative Interviews’, is composed of interviews supporting the Church’s position on crucial current issues. In the first section, ‘Magic and Magicians’ is particularly interesting, especially today, when we see a resurgence of magic and many people turning to its practitioners. The further man goes from God, the more insecure he feels, and the more susceptible he becomes to the devil’s attacks. The main points of the teaching of St Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain on the subject of magic, which was a matter of concern in his era too, are set out, along with practical guidance advising Christians to be on their guard against spells cast on them by others. ‘The Sociology and Theology of Narcotics’ explains that Orthodox theology on the subject of drug addiction is based on revelation. The Church confronts the subject of drugs at the deepest level and provides good solutions. The Church’s views on women are analysed in the paper ‘Women in the Orthodox Tradition’. Christianity greatly raised the status of women. The reason why they cannot receive the gift of priesthood is practical and pastoral, not theological. They have, however, the potential to acquire spiritual priesthood and to undertake pastoral service. ‘The Demographic Problem and the Church’ presents the Church’s opinions and suggestions on this serious ecclesiastical and national problem affecting Greece. The Church approaches this subject from the standpoint of its theology, and proposes spiritual solutions as they have been handed down within the Orthodox tradition. It respects the human person from conception and regards children as a blessing. It educates couples, stressing the sanctity of the sacrament of marriage. It protects the family, especially families with many children. ‘The Path to Marriage’ contains constructive ideas and makes clear just how necessary asceticism and spiritual life are before marriage. Hymns composed by St Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain for the day of the wedding are included. The interviews in the second section inform us of the Church’s views and teaching on abortions, euthanasia, cremation and drugs. Faith and the life of the Church ease the problems of young people in particular. Within the integrated and consistent life of the Church they are able to find their real family, to solve their existential problems and fulfil all their social needs.
Μητροπολίτης Ναυπάκτου Ιερόθεος