October 24, 2014

‘Erdoğan saved future of Greek Orthodox Patriarchate

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Source: Today's Zaman The spokesperson of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate, Father Dositheos Anağnostopulos, has said Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan saved the future of the patriarchate by offering Turkish citizenship to a number of archbishops in 2009. In an interview with the Star daily, Anağnos-topulos said there were 12 archbishops on the patriarchate's Spiritual Board at the … [Read more...]

Nobody Expects the Protestant Reformation

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Source: Real Clear Religion | Rod Dreher Why didn't the Renaissance popes see what their tolerance for corruption, in themselves and within clerical ranks, threatened to do to the Church -- both to believers, and to the institution? The late historian Barbara Tuchman analyzed their self-destructive foolishness this way: Their three outstanding attitudes -- obliviousness to the growing … [Read more...]

Fr. Johannes L. Jacobse: Constantine and the Great Transformation

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Acton Institute just published my review of Peter J. Leithart's Defending Constantine: The Twilight of an Empire and the Dawn of Christendom. It appears on their website and in the upcoming issue of Religion and Liberty. Source: Acton Institute | Rev. Johannes L. Jacobse Defending Constantine by Peter J. Leithart (IVP Academic, 2010) Reviewed by Johannes L. Jacobse The argument … [Read more...]

Abp. Chaput: The American Experience and Global Religious Liberty

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Read the essay below and you will understand why Orthodox Triumphalism is a dead end. The author is a Roman Catholic Archbishop and has an incisive grasp of American cultural and political history that applies as easily to American Orthodox as it does to American Catholics. We Orthodox don't really grapple with what it means to be Orthodox in America, not much anyway. Instead we substitute ideas … [Read more...]

The Judges’ Atheist Inquisition

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Source: The Spectator | Melanie Phillips The secular inquisition against Christians was ratcheted up another notch yesterday in a grotesque judgment in the High Court by two judges, who have actually banned a couple from fostering children simply because they hold traditional Christian views about homosexuality. The implications of this judgment are utterly appalling on many levels. The … [Read more...]

Met. Hilarion Alfeyev: Music and Faith in My Life and Vision

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Source: Catholic University of America Talk given February 9, 2011 at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Mr. President, esteemed members of the Academic Senate, professors, teachers, students, dear friends! First of all, permit me to express my profound gratitude for this invitation. It is a great honour for me to be within the walls of the Catholic University of America … [Read more...]

The Hidden Anti-Semitism of Christopher Hitchens and the New Atheists

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Source: OrthodoxyToday.org | George C. Michalopulos   Christopher Hitchens, perhaps the most famous of the New Atheists, has spent the better part of the past year engaging in a series of well-publicized debates, inveighing with his typical eloquence against theism in all its forms. Most of his correspondents have been Christians. Men such as Dinesh D’Souza, Bill Dembski, Tony … [Read more...]

Agenda — Grinding America Down [VIDEO]

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Source: Agendadocumentary.com I usually don't pay much attention to things like this but a friend send the link along and I took a look. I agree with almost everything the speakers said in it. I don't know if the movie is any good, but the promo sure is. Source: Agendadocumentary.com … [Read more...]

D’Souza: Debunking the Galileo Myth

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Source: Townhall.com | Dinesh D'Souza Many people have uncritically accepted the idea that there is a longstanding war between science and religion. We find this war advertised in many of the leading atheist tracts such as those by Richard Dawkins, Victor Stenger, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens. Every few months one of the leading newsweeklies does a story on this subject. Little do the … [Read more...]

Everything You Think You Know About the Dark Ages is Wrong

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By Nancy Marie Brown | Source: Religion Dispatches The Abacus and the Cross: The Story of the Pope Who Brought the Light of Science to the Dark Ages Nancy Marie Brown Basic Books (2010) What inspired you to write The Abacus and the Cross? I was introduced to The Scientist Pope through an act of grace. Writing my previous book, The Far Traveler, about an adventurous Viking woman, I found … [Read more...]

Popes, Atheists and Freedom

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Daniel Henninger | Wall Street Journal Secularists should recognize that the pope's fight is their fight. This being the season of hope, Islamic extremists of course have been engaged in their annual tradition of blowing up Christian churches. [...] Hours before this, from a window above St. Peter's Square, Benedict also took a pass on the holiday pabulum handed out by other … [Read more...]

The Soviet Story [VIDEO]

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"The Soviet Story” is a story of an Allied power, which helped the Nazis to fight Jews and which slaughtered its own people on an industrial scale. Assisted by the West, this power triumphed on May 9th, 1945. Its crimes were made taboo, and the complete story of Europe’s most murderous regime has never been told. Until now… WARNING: The video contains disturbing images of human suffering. … [Read more...]