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MODE OF LIFE: EXCLUSIVITY, TRIUMPHALISM AND SUPERIORITY COMPLEXES

Dear Mode of Life, It is asserted in quite a number of quarters that the Eastern Orthodox Church, suffers from a culture of exclusivism, triumphalism and a general sense of its own superiority towards other religions. And that this attitude emanates directly from the Orthodox hierarchy, that is, the bishops. Could you offer some thoughts or reflections regarding such a ... Read More »

Letter to Mode of Life: Inconsistency and Lip Service of Australian Politics to Multiculturalism and Religion

Dear Mode of Life, As a convert to Orthodoxy, I find it perplexing that Australian federal and state politicians attend quite often, events convened by the various Orthodox Christian communities within this country. And it is perplexing, because on the one hand, the politicians speak about how they respect the community that they claim to represent and admire, often trundling ... Read More »

Mode of Life offers some thoughts regarding a question about Iconography

Dear Mode of Life, I would like to thank you for your article on the fullness Church iconography (http://modeoflife.org/iconography-a-statement-of-image/), I found the article wonderfully stimulating, and almost overwhelming in the riches of tradition and theology in which it describes.  My own congregation is a Protestant church which is dedicated to Mark the Evangelist, we have placed an icon of St Mark in ... Read More »

Mode of Life responds to inaccuracies regarding Valentine’s Day

INTRODUCTORY THOUGHTS Not too recently, the Neos Kosmos English Edition published a rather tedious article about Valentine’s Day by a certain Nelly Skoufatoglou. The article in question, interviewed various members of Melbourne’s Greek community about how they viewed or celebrated “Valentine’s Day”. And of course one got an appreciation of differing views, most of which expressed the thought that Valentine’s Day ... Read More »

A Question about Salvation posed to Mode of Life

Q. Greetings to the weblog administrators of Mode of Life Project. I was wondering, when reading the Bible, there are references that cite that all idolators and atheists go to hell. Does that mean all Hindus and Buddhists go to hell? Agapite, You ask a loaded question according to a personal reading of the Scriptures and without providing me a reference ... Read More »

M.O.L: Diasporan Greeks must focus on Diaspora

The following is a letter that Mode of Life sent off to various Greek Australian newspapers and news websites in response to questions regarding whether diasporan Greeks should have the vote in Greek elections. Of course there are similar discussions amongst other Orthodox Christian communities within Australia where the debate of whether Serbs, Bulgarians and so forth should have a ... Read More »

Religion and Youth

Recently in the Neos Kosmos English Weekly Supplement (4/1/2014), there was a report made by Penni Pappas that looked at how the Greek Orthodox Church in Australia was bucking the trend of decline in youth presence within religious denominations. Needless to say, given the agenda and views of much of Australia’s local Greek mass media, the report did not give ... Read More »

ICONOGRAPHY – A STATEMENT OF IMAGE

Introduction In recent times, there has been a subtle but noticeable trend of Byzantine iconography manifesting itself within the decor of Roman Catholic and Protestant churches all around the world. To the discerning Orthodox Christian observer, initially there is joy at the fact that other fellow Christians are adopting and using iconography as an expression of faith, and thus serve ... Read More »

THE UNIVERSAL ELEVATION OF THE PRECIOUS AND LIFE-GIVING CROSS OF CHRIST (14th September)

Festal Prologue The official title of this solemn feastday is “The Universal Elevation of the Holy and Life-Giving Cross” (Η Παγκόσμιος  Ύψωσης του Τιμιού & Ζωοποιού Σταυρού); but is better known by its abbreviated titles as the “Elevation” or “Exaltation of the Holy Cross”. It is one of four solemn feasts dedicated to the event of the Crucifixion and the ... Read More »