About & Contact


Image from Hrabanus Maurus’ De laudibus sanctae cruces

I dabble in history, theology, and philosophy, therefore, I write about them occasionally here. I am an Orthodox Christian and a convert from Catholicism. My main purpose here is to showcase Latin Orthodoxy before 1204 AD and its history. I do not think enough Orthodox read up on it adequately, and so I hope this part of my blog inspires them to do so. Most Orthodox blogs that I have encountered are heavily bent towards the history of the Byzantine Empire, the Greek East, and the Mediterranean Sea. I am far more interested in the Orthodox history of the Germanic successors states in the Latin West. Simultaneously, I also rebut quite a bit of Catholic apologetics. I try not to let it become the main driving force of this blog, but I might have failed in that task. Not to be too narcissistic, but I think both my language skills, as imperfect as they may be, and vast reading give me an advantage over many others on the casual web in both aforementioned tasks. I am also a big fan of the Enlightenment (and the early modern philosophy prior to it), which I suppose puts me in a odd minority among minorities. But then again, most detractors of either Orthodoxy or the Enlightenment never actually read the works of either. As for the obvious, I am but a simple layman in every sense of the term, so take what I say with a grain of salt. If you are seriously looking for professionally rigorous content, then I would suggest going to your nearest public library and reading a lot of literature for some time or speaking with your priest.

Note: No artwork on my page is my own unless otherwise stated.

You may contact me via the form below or at shamelessorthodoxy{a}gmail.com

5 Responses to About & Contact

  1. John says:

    I am writing to request permission to post some articles on my website for the benefit of my regular readers. All credit and links to this site will be posted. Of particular interest is “Divorce & Remarriage in the Latin West” as this subject is a difficult one for potential converts from Rome. Thank you, john


    • Alura says:

      Hi John,

      You are more than welcome to post whatever you find here so long as you give credit. I would like to caution you about some of my arguments in my two posts on divorce and remarriage in the Latin West however. In particular, my opinion on Soissons has changed and I would like to include more material on the Probus case. Unfortunately, I have not yet had the time to edit these posts to make such changes. I only wanted to forewarn you about these changes.


  2. I have recently encountered “Shameless Orthodoxy” through my research on divorce and remarriage in the western church. I found your discussion very sound and I would like to be in contact. Here is an email address (david.hunter@uky.edu) and a recent article that you may find interesting on this topic: “Augustine’s Doubts on Divorce: Reconsiderations on Remarriage,” Augustinian Studies 48 (2017): 161-182. If you email me, I will provide a copy in pdf.


  3. pursuitoftruthmin says:

    Hi. My name is Michael Lofton. I am a former protestant and Roman catholic apologist. I like what I have seen so far on this site. Please contact me at michaellofton84@gmail.com. I’d like to talk. Thanks.


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