Archives for August 2013

The “Arab Spring” and the Plight of the Coptic Christian

By Abbott Tryphon Coptic is the Pharoes’ name for “Egyptian,“ a little appreciated echo of the fact that all of Egypt was once a Coptic, Christian nation. For seven centuries Egypt was a Christian nation, until the Arab Islamic invasion in the seventh century. When President Obama came to Cairo in 2009 for his first major speech on foreign affairs, he thought his charisma would be enough, … [Read more...]

George Gilder Has A Very Big, Economy Boosting Idea

You've heard me assert elsewhere that just as Marx and Freud have fallen, so will Darwin. And by it I mean Darwinian creation mythology, particulary the idea that the universe is random. Think of it this way: if the universe was indeed random at the outset, then where did the laws that govern matter come from? They could not have existed apart from matter because in that case the universe would … [Read more...]

A Good Priest can be Recognized by the Way His People are Annointed

Change the word "Mass" to "Divine Liturgy" and the counsel of Pope Francis below could have been spoken by an Orthodox pastor. The Pope is absolutely correct. The Gospel and the love and grace of Christ who is revealed through the preaching of it has to reach people where they are. And the prayers, they are so important. Pray with the people who need prayer. Don't just talk to them about … [Read more...]

Antiochian Orthodox Church Affirms Traditional Marriage

- A resolution affirming heterosexual marriage was passed unanimously at the Antiochian Convention in July of this year. I was present when the resolution came to the floor and would have tweaked it a bit by using the term "sex" instead of "gender" (the collapse of sex -- biological particularity -- into gender is one of the great confusions of our age); establishing the moral ground of natural … [Read more...]

Listening to Young Atheists: Lessons for a Stronger Christianity

This article points to some research why young people leave Christ (leaving the Church and leaving Christ are increasingly synonymous). It doesn't address the drifting away because of preoccupation with other things but the conscious decision not to believe in Christ. The rise of the New Atheists is probably a reason why drift has turned into decision, or at least provoked the recognition that … [Read more...]

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