We Wish You an Ascetic Christmas! Understanding the Ascetic Struggle in Orthodoxy

  For Orthodox Christians Christmas is a problem. Western culture celebrates the Holy Days (what is left of them anyway) with parties leading up to that day. Orthodoxy sees the days leading up to the Holy Day as a period of ascetic struggle -- an inward reorientation towards greater prayer, fasting, and caring for the poor. To accomplish this our lives need structure. We conform our … [Read more...]

The Revolutionary Mentality is the Confusion of our Time

By Fabio L. Leite The ideas of the Brazilian philosopher Olavo de Carvalho provide important tools not only to analyze, but to criticize and resist the destructive current cultural currents of our time. Many of these currents spring from the ideologies that oppressed our brothers and sisters in Europe. THE THREE INVERSIONS Three "inversions" characterize the revolutionary mentality … [Read more...]

Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese Responds to Refugee Crisis

Statement from the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America on the Reception of Refugees in the United States in Light of Recent Terrorist Actions around the World Since the tragic terrorist actions in Paris, Beirut, Mali and elsewhere in the past two weeks, there have been polarized reactions to the reception of refugees, mainly of Syrian nationality, worldwide: an … [Read more...]

Trifkovic – Immigrant Invasion: Der Untergang Des Abendlandes

Source: Chronicles of Culture By:Srdja Trifkovic | November 13, 2015 Over 8,000 migrants entered Serbia on November 11 on their way from the Middle East to Western Europe. The item went unreported by the major media because it was not newsworthy. Daily totals may vary, not much, as the Great Invasion of 2015 continues unabated. Millions are on the move, with unknown further multitudes … [Read more...]

The Unexamined Assumptions of the Skeptic: Alison Gopnik’s Trade of Hard Atheism for Soft Atheism

The following responds to the recent Atlantic Monthly article How an 18th-Century Philosopher Helped Solve My Midlife Crisis: David Hume, the Buddha, and a search for the Eastern roots of the Western Enlightenment by Alison Gopnik who suffered a deep crisis of purpose and meaning and reached out to the writings of philospher David Hume for help. After considerable searching she writes, "I had … [Read more...]

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