October 21, 2014

Coptic Pope Blasts Muslim Brotherhood, US, EU. Is Washington Listening?

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Source: Assyrian News Agency | Mary Abdelmassih The Pope is at the top of the Islamists' assassination list. (AINA) -- Since ex-president Morsy's ouster on July 3, attacks on Egyptian Christians by members of the Muslim Brotherhood have taken place in most governorates across Egypt. These attacks have escalated since security forces ended the pro-Morsy protests in central Cairo on August … [Read more...]

‘Tolerance’ is a Demanding Mistress

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Coming soon to a parish near you. From the ". . .veteran gay and AIDS human rights advocate Michael Petrelis. Based in San Francisco since 1995." Gays to Picket San Francisco's Pro-Putin Russian Church Source: The Petrelis Files Who: BoycottRussianVodka.com and Gays Without Borders What: Picket line and speak out Where: St Nicholas Cathedral (pictured) Location: 2005 - 15th … [Read more...]

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

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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

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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

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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

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- 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

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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...]

Dr. Bruce Foltz Speaks About “The Truth of Nature”

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Source: St. Vladimir's Seminary At the beginning of the 2014 ecclesiastical year, Professor of Philosophy Dr. Bruce Foltz, an Orthodox Christian and faculty member at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL, will offer a free and public lecture at St. Vladimir's Seminary on "The Truth of Nature." The talk will contrast today's post–modern assumptions regarding the environment with the … [Read more...]

FOX News: Why Jesus and Comic Books Need Each Other | Book of Revelation Graphic Novel

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An interview on FOX News with Fr. Mark Arey of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese on transforming the book of Revelation into a graphic novel. What do you think? … [Read more...]

When Orthodox Bishops Spoke Boldly: Clear Teaching on Marriage and Family

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Source: The Voice Blog | Chris Banescu The current societal moral collapse and the intensifying attacks on traditional marriage and the family were foreseen by previous generations of bishops of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA). Approximately 40 years ago, the Holy Synod of the OCA issued an Encyclical Letter on Marriage warning their flocks of the dangers posed by an increasingly … [Read more...]

William J. Abraham: The Treasures and Trials of Eastern Orthodoxy

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Source: Acton Institute | Dylan Pahman Last night I attended an engaging lecture at Calvin College by Dr. William Abraham of the Southern Methodist University Perkins School of Theology. Abraham, whose religious background is Irish Methodist and who is now a minister in the United Methodist Church and the Albert Cook Outler Professor of Wesley Studies at Perkins, gave a presentation titled, … [Read more...]

Papal Theologian: Treating Homosexuals with Dignity Means Telling Them the Truth

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Important points that the Papal Theologian Rev. Wojciech Giertych made are: 1) the idea that the homosexual condition should be considered as a central identifying characteristic of human personhood diminishes the humanity of the person making the claim; 2) the increasing reach of the State into private life results in a lowering of moral standards. I argue this same point elsewhere with … [Read more...]