September 21, 2014

Norm of faith as norm of life

This essay is outstanding. It represents the quality of thought that should be coming from all Orthodox Churches; the words that speak to the foundational questions of culture as I wrote yesterday. Frankly, the Orthodox in America are capable of contributions of this depth and importance. I have my doubts however, that Constantinople will ever achieve this level of creative engagement with the … [Read more...]

Today is VE Day

(Newsreel begins at .20): And a sign of changing times: … [Read more...]

Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky slideshow

The London Telegraph. Russia on the eve of WWI. Fascinating history and photographs. … [Read more...]

Dialogue on Katyn Massacre between the Russian Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches

This is a compelling interview, although the promise towards reconciliation it offered may be delayed, or worse, cut short, with the terrible airplane crash of Polish dignitaries near Moscow yesterday. They were flying to Russia to commemorate the Katyn Massacre (called "tragedy" below), and, if the interview below is accurate, look for some common ground to heal this grave wound of historical … [Read more...]

The Stormy Petrel of the Cloth

Petrides

Over at Orthodox History, Matthew Namee recounts the story of a bold, decisive, and courageous priest who obviously knew the full measure of his calling. He got himself into serious trouble on occassion, but only because he refused to compromise to powerful interests who, like today, subvert the faith for their own ends. Some highlights: Like so many of his fellow priests, Petrides traveled … [Read more...]

The Holodomor: Ukraine’s Famine

HT: Isa Almisry Another: Watch Harvest of Despair (Soviet Communism engineered Ukraine Famine Genocide 1933) in Educational  |  View More Free Videos Online at Veoh.com Also: Are you listening The New York Times? … [Read more...]

Religion as the ground of culture?

A pillar at the Gobekli Tepe temple near Sanliurfa, Turkey, the oldest known temple in the world

Looks like religion may have led to civilization. HT: Mystagogy From Newsweek Magazine: History in the Remaking A temple complex in Turkey that predates even the pyramids is rewriting the story of human evolution. They call it potbelly hill, after the soft, round contour of this final lookout in southeastern Turkey. To the north are forested mountains. East of the hill lies the biblical … [Read more...]

World’s oldest Christian Bible digitized

A reader examines a page from the Codex Sinaiticus, the earliest surviving Christian Bible.

London -- The surviving pages of the world's oldest Christian Bible have been reunited - digitally. The early work known as the Codex Sinaiticus has been housed in four separate locations across the world for more than 150 years. But starting Monday, it became available for perusal on the Web at http://www.codexsinaiticus.org so scholars and other readers can get a closer look at what the British … [Read more...]

St. Tikhon: Sunday of Orthodoxy Sermon

Tikhon, Bishop of the Aleutian Islands and Alaska

H/T: Orthodox History St. Tikhon delivered the following address on the Sunday of Orthodoxy, February 23, 1903, in San Francisco. It was reprinted in Holy Trinity Cathedral LIFE (the newsletter of the San Francisco OCA cathedral) in March 1995, and may be found in the fantastic Holy Trinity Cathedral online archives. We are reprinting it below in its entirety: This Sunday, Brethren, begins … [Read more...]

Father Arseny: Fact or Fiction?

Sweeter than Honey

Some of you may be aware that there is a discussion occurring asking whether Fr. Arseny actually existed as a real person or is he a literary creation. Dr. Peter Bouteneff in his podcast "Sweeter than Honey" examines this question in light of recent Soviet history, particularly how history was often erased in the Soviet period; personal testimonies of people still alive; the nature of literary … [Read more...]

Russian Orthodox Church Sets Out To Be ‘First Among Equals’

Pat. Kirill

Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty H/T: St. Andrew House Discussion Forum Is the Russian Orthodox Church set to launch a "new crusade" -- at home and abroad? Father Daniel Sysoyev, a prominent Russian missionary, recently urged the opening of an Orthodox "base" in Kyrgyzstan from which to launch a proselytizing "offensive" across mostly Muslim … [Read more...]

Catholic Herald: In Russia, the path to unity is defrosting

the-catholic-herald

Roman Catholic reporting about union between Rome and Orthodoxy tends to be over optimistic. The Catholics seem to want union much more than the Orthodox do. A clearer assessment might be that Moscow sees cooperation with Rome as necessary to re-Christianize Europe, to help Europe rediscover its moral and religious moorings. Nevertheless, a significant thaw is … [Read more...]