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This collection represents "The Good Parts" of Orthodox Christian author C.J.S. Hayward, whose name has trilettered on Facebook to "CSH" for "C.S. Hayward."


55 New Maxims for the Cyber-Quarantine

Fr. Tom Hopko wrote a famed "55 maxims." Here is an offer of a new "55 maxims" that are not as elegant, but have everything to say to our present cyber-quarantine.


About the Author

An author biography for C.S. Hayward

About this Site

A brief introduction to this site (but you are also encouraged to visit the homepage.

Akathist to St. Philaret the Merciful

This is a hymn dedicated to St. Philaret the Merciful, whose life was a living exegesis of the Sermon on the Mount as it teaches about wealth.

All Orthodox Theology is Positive Theology

No challenge to Pseudo-Dionysius's distinction between "positive" or cataphatic and "negative" or apophatic theology. But this work concentrates on how all Orthodox theology is positive in the sense "positive" has in "positive psychology."

The Angelic Letters

This inversion of C.S. Lewis's classic The Screwtape Letters has an angel offering a man's guardian angel heavenly advice about how to watch over the man he guards.

Amazing Providence

This is an email I wrote an Orthodox parish in relation to God's Providence as I studied theology. God's glory unfolds in his Providence, and I tried to unpack some of that in my own experience.

Apprentice gods

This life represents a tremendously important apprenticeship. It has been said that birth and death are an inch apart, but the ticker tape goes on forever. This is a work about how to best use this precious life.

The Arena

The race of mankind stands in an arena before God, angels, and demons. This collection of short chapters unfolds what the arena is like.

Ask for the Ancient Ways

This article looks at unanticipated ways to turn to ancient ways in our present time. (Just doing some things the way we did before the present cyber-quarantine could be a major step forward!)

An Author's Musing Memoirs: Retrospective Reflections, Retracings, and Retractions

A set of memoirs at midlife, taking stock of my writing, what it achieved, and what it has not achieved.


"Belabored Inclusive Language" and "Naturally Inclusive Language"

The point of "belabored inclusive language" and "naturally inclusive language" was provocative when this piece was new. Now it is an increasingly commonplace perspective.

The Best Things in Life Are Free

This looks at the real treasures to be found in life's hard lessons and experiences.

Beware of Geeks Bearing Gifts

This parody of "To Serve Man" looks at efforts to improve the human race.

Beyond the Unbearable Burden of Non-Being

A Socratic dialogue about true joy.

Branding is the New Root of All Evil

I remember one time wincing at being told, "So, you're an anti-capitalist?" The person assumed that if you're against capitalism, it's Marxist. But there is a conservative objection to capitalist economy to be had.

Bullies and Reviews: A Note to my Reviewers

Have you written an Amazon review for one of my works and then had it vanish?

If you have, there's a somewhat foul explanation for that.


A Comparison Between the Mere Monk and the Highest Bishop

Written after I tried and failed to secure a copy of St. John Chrysostom, "A Comparison of the Monk with the King."

A Canticle to Holy, Blessed Solipsism

A poem of paradox, wonder, and joy.

The Commentary

An essay in the form of a short story about a man who has quested after a commentary and is dismayed when he finds it.

The Consolation of Theology

In imitation of St. Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy, and one of my greatest individual works.


How to contact me as the author of this site.


The copyright (and CC0 license) for this site.


The Damned Backswing

A Socratic dialogue about something in history that keeps cropping up.

Dark Patterns / Anti-Patterns and Cultural Context Study of Scriptural Texts: A Case Study in Craig Keener's "Paul, Women, and Wives: Marriage and Women's Ministry in the Letters of Paul"

A minor dissertation about feminist advocate scholarship in Biblical Studies.


A Socratic dialogue about preparing for the gateway we all must pass.

Does God Suffer?

A meditation about whether God is beyond suffering, and what that means.


A hymn of glory, wonder, and praise.



A look at escapism and how, and what it means, to escape it.

Exotic Golden Ages and Restoring Harmony with Nature: Anatomy of a Passion

A look at a historical paradox about how trying to reclaim ancient glory breaks continuity with both the immediate past and the ancient past as well.


Farewell to Gandhi: The Saint and the Activist

This essay looks at two archetypes and about which of them is really greater.

Fire in the Hole

In a theology class, the professor asks for something to compare God to, and the students say, "Porn." Here is how the professor replies.


Game Review: Meatspace

A game review for something that eclipses all games. Possibly to be read alongside Escape.

God the Game Changer

God does not usually fix things as we conceive of fixing things. Instead, he keeps on changing the game.

God the Spiritual Father

A look at God the Father through the eyes of the love of a monastic spiritual father.

The Grinch Who Stole Christmas

Taking away toys is not the only way a grinch can try to steal Christmas.


Happiness in an Age of Crisis

Happiness is not just for easy times and good economies. Happiness is for here, in an age of crisis, and for now.

A Heart to Heart About Technology, COVID, and Big Brother

The title pretty much says it all.

Here I Bow

A revisited look at Martin Luther's famed words.

How Can I Take my Life Back from my Phone?

There is a cartoon that showed "then," with big man holding and shaking a little phone, and "now," with a big phone shaking a little man. It doesn't have to be that way.

How to Find a Job: A Guide for Orthodox Christians

Finding work has a spiritual as well as a secular side.

How Shall I Tell an Alchemist?

There is something to be had next to which alchemy pales in comparison.

How to Think About Psychology: An Orthodox Look at a Secular Religion

Psychology claims to be value-neutral, but there is good reason to understand it as a religion. This article explores that.

A Humanist Eye Looks at Evolution

This is not, and does not pretend to be, a scientific evaluation. Rather, it is looking at evolution through the perspectives of a humanities scholar, as a human phenomenon.

The Hydra

Years back I posted a website called "Revenge of the Hydra," in which if you visit it with Internet Explorer, nine popup windows appear, and if you shut down one window, two more appear. This article is a look at a sinful passion that keeps cropping up.

Hymn to the Creator of Heaven and Earth

This is a hymn of glory to the Creator whose glory is reflected in the glory of Creation.

Hysterical Fiction: A Medievalist Jibe at Disney Princess Videos

This is a parody of historically shallow historical fiction, in which an ancient writer writes a story set in our time and place.



A look at the other side of what has been called "progress."


St. John the Much-Suffering

St. John the Much-Suffering is a great friend in fighting carnal sins. You can print an icon of him from this page.


Knights and Ladies

This creative nonfiction is a look at the separate qualities associated with men and with women.


The Law of Attraction: A Dialogue with an Eastern Orthodox Christian Mystic

The New Age Law of Attraction says that if you think about receiving money, a huge windfall will fall across your lap, and that is dangerous territory. However, there is an Orthodox Law of Attraction of sorts, in which if you think thoughts of peace, they will be followed by more and bigger thoughts of peace, while if you think thoughts of anger, they will be followed by more and bigger thoughts of anger, and conflict with them.

The Luddite's Guide to Technology

This is a piece I tried and failed to write before becoming Orthodox, but wrote when I was ready to write such a piece.


Mindfulness and Manners

Buddhist mindfulness is a cardinal virtue which we seek from the East because we have rejected mindfulness in the West. Mindfulness is a traditional part of the West, but it is classified, not specifically as a virtue, but as a part of good manners.


This is a homily about money and living simply.

More than Royalty

St. Paul wrote that we are "more than conquerors," and to be an Orthodox Christian truly is in substance to be more than royalty.


A New Term?

A change of term is proposed for some truly unfortunate souls.

A Note to the Reader

About how much I as an author care for you as a reader.



A poem about open and closed hands.

An Open Letter to Catholics on Orthodoxy and Ecumenism

I have had numerous times a Roman has approached me and been eager for reunion. I have never had such a Catholic acknowledge Orthodox concerns about unresolved doctrinal differences that need to be resolved before any appropriate reunion. This is kept, not for Romans, but for Orthodox.

Orthodox Affirmations

A set of exhortations far better than those opted for by modern psychology.

An Orthodox Bookshelf

This is a shelf of essential books for Orthodox Christians.

An Orthodox Looks at a Calvinist Looking at Orthodoxy

This is a response to an article written by an Orthodox Presbyterian who got a D.Min. from an Eastern Orthodox seminary and still managed to get Orthodoxy very, very wrong.

The Orthodox Martial Art is Living the Sermon on the Mount

In the same vein as "Our social program is the Trinity."

Orthodox Theology and Technology: A Profoundly Gifted Autobiography

For those interested in reading my autobiography.

Orthodoxy, Contraception, and Spin Doctoring: A Look at an Influential but Disturbing Article

This article is long and detailed, and went viral when it was posted.



A look at God's here and now as Paradise.

A Pet Owner's Rules

A homily about a Pet Owner who only has two rules. The second is, "Don't drink out of the toilet!"


A somewhat whimsical article about another approach to "physics" or the nature of things.

A Picture of Evil

A tale of a king, three painters, and three pictures.

A Pilgrimage from Narnia

A poem that starts with Narnia and reaches "Further up and further in!"

Plato: The Allegory of the... Flickering Screen?

A very, very light touch adapting Plato's most famous passage.

Privacy Policy

I respect your privacy, and I clarify that here.

A Professional Courtesy to a Fellow Poet

Straightening out a backwards poem.

A Public Act of Repentance

My Archbishop at the time got publicly vaccinated after consulting many scientists and doctors and so far as I know not even one person basically uncomfortable with vaccines. This is a public explanation of repentance after having received a vaccine's first dose, partly in an effort not to tread the dangerous ground of being more Orthodox than my Archbishop.



Random Psalm of the Day Generator (KJV)

The most popular page I have made.

Refutatio Omnium Haeresium

A high-context look at the refutation of all heresies.

"Religion and Science" Is Not Just Intelligent Design vs. Evolution

One reader called this "the most intelligent and erudite" work he had read. It states what I wanted to state in my Ph.D. thesis.

Religion Within the Bounds of Amusement

A parody of religious worship made in the image of... television.

Repentance, Heaven's Best-Kept Secret

This looks at the unexpected powerful joy of repentance.

The Retortion Principle

This is in one sense a weaker, but in another sense a stronger, alternative to the "verification principle."

Revelation and Our Singularity

A look at how striking the singularity we live in really is.

Rules of Engagement

A set of rules for engagement with present circumstances.


Silence: Organic Food for the Soul

This poem explores how true silence can delightfully nourish the soul.

The Silicon Rule

The Golden Rule is a simple criterion that sheds light on a wide variety of circumstances. So is the Silicon Rule, rightly understood. Wondering what that is? Read this article!


This is a Socratic dialogue looking at how truly singular our present circumstances are; they are more extreme than anything seen by the 99% of people who have ever lived, who have never seen a written or printed word.

Sinners in the Providence of a Loving God

The original "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" sought to say how we can only offer a spider's web worth of resistance to God's wrath. Here I drop the other shoe.

"Social Antibodies" Needed: A Request of Orthodox Clergy

This is a request for guidance that, at the time, no one besides the author seemed to be trying to provide guidance for. It was submitted to Ancient Faith, not directly as a candidate for Ancient Faith publication, but as posing a question which some Ancient Faith authors might address.


A look at the crown of life.

A Strange Archaeological Find

A science fiction satire looking at an email much odder than it first appears.

A Strange Picture

This is a look at ugly pictures of true beauty.


Technology Is Part of Our Poverty

We are, in a certain sense, privileged by our technologies, but a bigger picture look suggests that our technologies today are a dimension of a great poverty.

To a Friend

This was a letter to a friend about riches that were no less unavailable to the friend than to the author.

True Woke

An extended look at what it truly means to be awake and alive, inclusing St. John Chrysostom's "The Treatise to Prove that No One Can Harm the Person Who Does Not Damage Himself."

Two Decisive Moments

This is a look at two decisive moments: a decisive moment in history, and a decisive moment in our lives.



A short story looking at purity on the other side of shame.


Veni, Vidi, Vomui: A Look at "Do You Want to Date My Avatar?"

A dialogue unveiling layers of what is disturbing about a viral music video.


What Evolutionists Have to Say to the Royal, Divine Image: We're Missing Something!

This is a look at what about proper understanding and care of people can be missed by those who do not think in terms of evolution.

What to Own for Happiness (and what not)

It is a truism that money can't buy happiness, and that is true. However, there are a few things to own that can contribute to happiness, and they are worth knowing.

What the Present Debate Won't Tell You About Headship

This looks at a patristic dimension to headship that is not even guessed at in contemporary debates.

What is Wrong with the World

Written when some things had gone very, very wrong politically.

Where Is the Good of Women? Feminism is Called, "The Women's Movement." But is It?

This article unravels what seems to be the only possible, unquestionable option.

Who is Rich? The Person Who Is Content.

This article looks at contentment and covetousness.

Why I'm Glad I'm Living Now, at This Place, at This Time, in This World

It's easy enough to wish to be in another time, in the Middle Ages, or Narnia, or Hogwarts. This is about why I believe God was right and loving to place me just where I am.

Why Tithe?

This is a homily on why tithing is really good for us all.

Why This Waste?

This is a poem unfolding depths of the "Why this waste?" asked by the Thief.

Will There be a Place for Me?

A question which has been on my mind much in former days is, "Will there be a place for me?" This article looks about how there has always been a place for me.

A Wonderful Life

The inner story to Yonder, this looks at how an injured life is worth living.


You Can Choose to be Happy in the Here and Now

Happiness is for here and now, and the door is open.


A Socratic dialogue set in a realized transhumanist eschatology, looking for something beyond what is available then and there.