The American Orthodox Church, for its task, should wrestle with a few authors.
I've made mention here before of Wendell Berry.
I should also like to add the name of John Lukacs, who appears to be setting his house in order with this piece of prophecy.
And I mean prophecy.
Take, for example, this quotation of Berry in Lukacs' article:
It is easy for me to imagine that the next great division of the world will be between people who wish to live as creatures and people who wish to live as machines.
And then the old Lukacs, the anti-cold-and-neocon-warrior, thoroughly Christian historian, perorates with these august lines:
Our consciousness, our central situation in space, cannot be separated from our consciousness of time. Does it not, for example, behoove Christian believers to think that the coming of Christ to this earth may have been the central event of the universe, that the most consequential event in the entire universe occurred here, on this earth 2,000 years ago?
... in the entire universe we are the only historical beings. Our lives are not automatic; we are responsible for what we do, say and think. The coming of Darwinism was historical; it appeared at a time of unquestioned progress. But its essence was, and remains, antihistorical. It elongated the presence of mankind to an ever-increasing extent, by now stretching the first appearance of man to more than a million years -- implying that consequently there may be something like another million years to come for us. Ought we not to question this kind of progressive optimism, especially at a time when men are capapble of altering nature here and there and of destroying much of the world, including many of themselves?
That is one nice thing about an economic depression. It clears the mind so, especially of unwarranted cultural self-esteem.