“From Conception to Dying: Orthodox Christian Views in Today’s World”

by Andrea Elizabeth

from the North Texas Orthodox Missions website:

The 2011 Festival of Orthodoxy conference sponsored by North Texas Orthodox Missions is entitled “From Conception to Dying: Orthodox Christian Views in Today’s World”. It will be held Feb. 18-19 with sessions in both Ft. Worth and Dallas, TX.

Kh. Frederica Mathewes-Green

After 38 years of legal abortion, are women better off? Has the nation resolved its ambivalence about
the matter? Are there no longer any unwanted children? Frederica Mathewes-Green will speak from
her perspective as a one-time promoter of the legalization of abortion, and from her research into the
reasons women choose to have abortions. The “Real Voices” of post-abortion women provide insight
into the lives and situations this controversy affects.

For the youth on Saturday:

For the youth: Why are young people more anti-abortion than their parents? As the research in the new
book, “American Grace,” shows, even when young people are less likely to go to church or to
associate themselves with any particular religion, they are increasingly opposed to abortion. We see
some of this changing attitude in recent movies like “Juno,” “Bella,” and “Expecting Mary.” In this
session we will talk about this shift, why it is occurring, and what the future may hold.

After Christendom: Christian Morality in a Post-Christian Culture (Friday only)

H(erman) Tristram Engelhardt, Jr., Ph.D., M.D.

Have you noticed that the morality of the dominant culture is not that of traditional Christianity?
Those who can remember the 1950s can remember when shards, pieces, of traditional Christian
morality still remained. People committed sins, but they would have been embarrassed to admit that
their daughters were living with a man outside of marriage. Even mothers of sons would have been
embarrassed to admit that their sons were living with a woman without benefit of clergy. Now people
publicly talk of such things. A radical change in the surrounding morality has occurred. Choices about
sexual relations, reproduction, and even end-of-life decisions are seen as personal choices, no longer
as moral choices. This presentation will examine how this came about and its implications for
Christians at the beginning of the 21st century.

The Culture Wars: Why Orthodox Christians are in These Battles

(Saturday only)

H(erman) Tristram Engelhardt, Jr., Ph.D., M.D.
Professor, Department of Philosophy, Rice University
Professor Emeritus, Department of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine

There is a gulf in society separating traditional Christians (Orthodox Christians) from the posttraditional,
post-modern, post-Christian culture that surrounds them. By post-traditional I mean that a
society has arisen in which the traditional attitudes regarding sexuality, reproduction, and death have
been marginalized, and choices in these areas have come to be understood as personal choices that
should not be criticized. It is a post-modern society in that it is expected that one respect and accept a
plurality of narratives, accounts, of the meaning of life and the character of proper deportment without
holding any one of them to be absolutely right or dismissing any of them as being immoral and
perverse. It is a post-Christian culture in that, although one may mention Jesus Christ as an important
influence on our contemporary culture, He is not to be acknowledged publicly as the Messiah of Israel,
the Son of the Living God. Yet, everything in morality, indeed everything in life, turns on recognizing
Who Christ is – answering correctly Christ’s question, “Who do you say that I am?” (Matt 16:15)