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C17-22b Byszantine Christianity & Homosexuality with Stephen Morris

Choose Positive Living with Sara Troy and her guest Stephen Morris, on air from May 30th

Were men joined in a “brotherhood,” like matrimony, by the Orthodox Church?

“Fearless in dealing with sensitive subjects, its pastoral conclusions are insightful and helpful for discussion of the subject within all Christian churches, not just Orthodox Christianity… Once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down,” writes Wendy Mayer of the Centre for Early Christian Studies (Australian Catholic University) one of the world’s leading authorities on John Chrysostom and co-author of John Chrysostom: The Cult of Saints and The Homilies of John Chrysostom — Provenance. Reshaping the Foundations.

She goes on to say, “Fearlessly and unprejudiciously delves into not just historical approaches to homosexuality, but a much wider range of sexual relations and unions within the Orthodox Christian past… engages the topic with objectivity, courage and grace; a timely book in light of the current debate about marriage equality.

“I found the book refreshing and courageous. It puts the status of homosexuality within the Byzantine tradition carefully in context. The suggestion that John Chrysostom’s stance was the result of personal experience of sexual abuse is novel and insightful. A sound piece of historical writing.”



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Stephen Morris is an independent scholar and author of the Amazon #1 bestseller, “When Brothers Dwell in Unity: Byszantine Christianity and Homosexuality.” He studied Byzantine and medieval history and theology at Yale with Dr. John Boswell and Fr. Aidan Kavanaugh, as well as with Fr. John Meyendorff and Fr. Alexander Schmemann at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Academy. He has written on patristic preaching and exegesis as well as medieval and Byzantine hagiography. A former priest of the Orthodox Church, Stephen served as the Eastern Orthodox chaplain at Columbia University. He has also taught teens with autism and other severe/profound challenges and special needs. In addition to his historical research and writing, Stephen writes supernatural thrillers based on historic pre-modern occult beliefs and practices as well as local history, legends and folklore. A Seattle native, Stephen is now a long-time New York resident and currently lives in Manhattan with his partner, Elliot.

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