ABOUT THE WHEEL
The Wheel is a journal of Orthodox Christian thought and culture. It seeks to articulate the Gospel intelligently and constructively for the twenty-first century—a pluralistic era that presents Christianity with new and unique challenges, calling for a creative reimagination of the Church’s social identity and role in public discourse.
Founded in 2015, The Wheel has a subscriber base that spans six continents and includes senior church leaders and many academic libraries. The journal publishes a wide range of contributions on Orthodox theology, spirituality, history, and liturgical arts, alongside serious engagements with the challenges of contemporary political ideologies, reflections on natural empirical science, art, poetry, and short stories. Through the diversity of its approach, The Wheel aims to move beyond the polarizations of much current discourse in the Orthodox Church.
The journal’s editorial mission is inspired by the early Christians who transformed the meaning of the pagan symbol of the wheel by means of the popular Christogram, ΙΧΘΥΣ (ichthys). For us, the wheel serves as a metaphor for a tradition that both grounds us and moves us forward. Vladimir Lossky, one of the great Orthodox thinkers of the twentieth century, expressed just such an understanding of church tradition in his book, In the Image and Likeness of God:
"If the Scriptures and all that the Church can produce in words written or pronounced, in images or in symbols liturgical or otherwise, represent the differing modes of expression of the truth, tradition is the unique mode of receiving it. We say specifically unique mode and not uniform mode, for to Tradition in its pure notion there belongs nothing formal. It does not impose on human consciousness formal guarantees of the truths of faith, but gives access to the discovery of their inner evidence. It is not the content of Revelation, but the light that reveals it; it is not the word, but the living breath which makes the words heard at the same time as the silence from which it came; it is not the truth, but a communication of the Spirit of Truth, outside which the truth cannot be received. […] It is the life of the Holy Spirit in the Church."
The thorniest problems of our time cry out for guidance from the Church’s tradition, approached with an awareness of the multifaceted nature of truth that continues to be discovered and implemented over time through a process of prayer, creative reflection, and debate. Likewise, although the editors stand firmly within the tradition of the Orthodox Church, we welcome contributions from those outside its formal boundaries that challenge us to engage more deeply with the living gospel of Christ.
We do not promise that the perspectives offered here will satisfy everyone, but we hope our readers will never retreat from prayerful, respectful efforts to discern God’s hand in contemporary life. Indeed, our one editorial certainty is that living out the inexhaustible truth of the cross and the empty tomb will continue to beckon the Church to hear and respond to the most radical and challenging ideas without fear.
Submissions to The Wheel are first screened by the editorial board, which comprises academics and professionals in other fields. If a submission meets the journal’s basic standards and is deemed topically relevant, it is referred for review and editing by either a board member or an outside reviewer with subject expertise. The manuscript is then returned to the Editor-in-Chief with a confidential recommendation to publish or reject. If the editorial board decides to accept an article, the author is often asked to make revisions based on editorial feedback.
The journal’s international advisory board comprises senior scholars and leading figures in various canonical jurisdictions of the Orthodox Church. The advisory and editorial boards meet jointly at least once a year to review editorial procedures and staffing and to plan areas of thematic emphasis. Advisory board members also frequently assist in shaping individual issues and reviewing manuscripts.