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Humanism and atheism as civil religions

Author: Luke Bretherton – ABC Religion and Ethics – 4 Oct 2011 (Source: http://www.abc.net.au/religion/articles/2011/10/04/3331539.htm) Rather than retaining its vocation as a prophetic witness, disabusing humans of our illusions and idolatries, atheism now seems content to become Pepsi to the Coke of religion. In the early 1990s I met the then Russian minister for education. He alleged that a representative of ... Read More »

SOLA SCRIPTURA – IN THE VANITY OF THEIR MINDS

By Fr. John Whiteford Note: Father John Whiteford is a former Nazarene Associate Pastor who converted to the Orthodox Faith soon after completing his B.A. in Religion at Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma. He first encountered Orthodoxy as a result of his involvement in the local Pro-Life (Rescue) movement, which also included Father Anthony Nelson and several of his ... Read More »

Bulgarian Orthodox Church Patriarch: Leaders should serve the people

July 5, 2013 Bulgarian Orthodox Church Patriarch Neofit says that God puts people in positions of leadership not to satisfy their personal ambitions and goals but to be the servants of the people. Neofit, elected Patriarch of the church in February 2013 at the time of the earlier protests that were mobilised around cost-of-living issues, was speaking against a background ... Read More »

Does science make belief in God obsolete?

Author: Peter Harrison ABC Religion and Ethics 11 Apr 2012 (Source: http://www.abc.net.au/religion/articles/2012/04/11/3475004.htm) Vestiges of the theological convictions of the pioneers of modern science may still be found in the common assumption that there are laws of nature that can be discovered. The predominance of scientists among those preaching the new gospel of atheism might lead to the assumption that science ... Read More »

1st Sunday of Matthew (All Saints), Synaxis of the 12 Apostles

Today we celebrate the Sunday of all Saints and the synaxis or gathering of the twelve Apostles. Our Church honors the memory of the Holy Apostles in order to show us visible examples of holiness, which we can follow, so that we can also enter like them into the Kingdom of Heaven, to be partakers of Beauty. The saints were ... Read More »

DIATRIBE: HOLY WEEK

“For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures; and that He was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve; after that, He was seen of above five ... 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 GREATNESS OF PAN ORTHODOXY

Here in New Zealand, and in places where the other Orthodox Christians (the Antiochians, Russians, Serbs, Romanians, etc) do not have churches and priests of their own as (well as) in the Fiji Islands, we the Greek Orthodox cover their devotional needs. So well-pleasing and very beautiful are our shared feelings every time and whenever all we Orthodox attend the ... Read More »

5th Sunday of Matthew (Mat 8:28-9:1)

This Gospel reminds us more or less of our own troubled time where people who by following their own imagination and individual notions of life, create huge problems in the peaceful course of humanity. It would be no exaggeration to state that Church life in today’s world has become irrelevant. This is why as mature and serious Christians, Christ’s presence ... Read More »