October 26, 2014

Solzhenitsyn: Men Have Forgotten God

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Over at Voice Crying in the Wilderness, Chris Banescu reminds us not to forget Alexander Solzhenitsyn's penetrating analysis into the decline of Western Culture. Solzhenitsyn's conscience was forged in the crucible of suffering under the Soviet Communists. It was in the Gulag's where he received the critical insight that the line between good and evil rests in the heart of every man. … [Read more...]

Fr. Hans Jacobse: Liberty

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I love my country and several years back I wrote an essay expressing my gratitude to her. It describes immigrating to America when I was a young boy. "Wake up," my father whispered. "We're almost there." It was a cold March morning. I was six years old. My family was sailing from The Hague, bound for New York,a single Dutch family aboard a ship crowded with Hungarians in exodus from … [Read more...]

Patriarch Kirill: European Population Will Die if it Fails to Come Back to its Spiritual Sources

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Source: Interfax Moscow, June 22, Interfax - Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill urged European religious leaders to make collective efforts to pursue the revival of Christianity within the continent. "The Russian Orthodox Church proposes that European Christian communities unite to become partners of the states and European civil community in pursuing the revival of tangible … [Read more...]

Shades of Grey: The Record of Archbishop Stepinac

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As a long-time upholder of friendship and alliance between the Roman Catholic and Orthodox traditionalists, I am disheartened by Pope Benedict XVI’s uncritical portrayal of Archbishop Alojzije Stepinac (1898-1960) as a saintly figure during his visit to Croatia earlier this week. In a homily at the Zagreb Cathedral the Pontiff called Stepinac “a fearless pastor and an example of … [Read more...]

An Open Letter To Orthodox Anglicans

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Source: Journey to Orthodoxy Highlight: Years ago, my search for historic, English Christianity led me to read the Ecclesiastical History of the English Church by the Venerable Bede. What did I find? An early encounter between the evangelist Saint Augustine, and English king Ethelbert struck me as somehow strange: Augustine's companions carried images of Christ, painted on boards - (icons) as … [Read more...]

Wisdom from John Adams

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“Be not intimidated… nor suffer yourselves to be wheedled out of your liberties by any pretense of politeness, delicacy, or decency. These, as they are often used, are but three different names for hypocrisy, chicanery and cowardice.” … [Read more...]

New Footage of the Destruction of Smyrna in 1922 Made Public [VIDEO]

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Source: The National Herald A never-before-seen video containing historic scenes from the destruction of Smyrna in 1922, which was shot by George Magarian was made public by his grandson Robert Magarian, who discovered the film at his grandmother's New York home, where it had laid forgotten for decades. Source: The Economist | May 1st 2008 WHEN Smyrna—modern Izmir—fell to … [Read more...]

Fr. George Calciu: First Century Christian in the Twentieth Century

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Wesley J. Smith is a frequent commentator on the AOI Observer. Source: First Things | Wesley J. Smith Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. I had no idea. To be more precise, before I converted to Eastern Orthodoxy, I knew that the Orthodox Church had been harshly suppressed by the communists, but I had no idea … [Read more...]

Russian Orthodox Church Urges Political and Legal Treatment of Crimes Committed by Bolsheviks

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Moscow, April 18, Interfax - Proposals on de-totalization recently made by the President's Council for Development of Civil Society and Human Rights have long come to a head, the Moscow Patriarchate believes. "It is quite evident that such proposals should have been made long before. It is necessary to give legal and political treatment of the crimes committed by the Bolsheviks' regime. Not … [Read more...]

A Hidden History of Evil: Why doesn’t anyone care about the unread Soviet archives?

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Source: City Journal | Claire Berlinski In the world’s collective consciousness, the word “Nazi” is synonymous with evil. It is widely understood that the Nazis’ ideology—nationalism, anti-Semitism, the autarkic ethnic state, the Führer principle—led directly to the furnaces of Auschwitz. It is not nearly as well understood that Communism led just as inexorably, everywhere on the globe where it … [Read more...]

Acton Institute: Atlas Shrugged – See the Movie, Skip the Book [VIDEO]

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I received permission to reprint this blog post by Acton Institute blogger Bruce Edward Walker. Walker, correctly in my view, draws out the authoritarian impulse in Rand's philosophy of "Objectivism" that can be distilled down to this: The libertarianism (man's moral agency is self-referencing) that describes Rand's Objectivism stands against the classical liberalism (what we today would call … [Read more...]

Death Warrant of Ancient Christianity

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If American liberals and neo-cons get their way and America invades Syria, the Syrian Christians will be persecuted and forced out of their ancient homeland. Source: Real Clear Politics | Philip Jenkins Ever since the wave of popular movements started sweeping the Middle East, Western media have rarely found much good to say about the authoritarian regimes under attack. Few observers … [Read more...]