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Other Topics / Re: W.A.G.-word association game
« Last post by Cyrillic on Today at 05:19:43 AM »
Rap music.
Religious Topics / Re: Atheism making strides
« Last post by nothing on Today at 04:43:44 AM »
Nothing is a deconstructionist nihilist. That's his whole troll here (or it was until he began to fall into -- purported old habits).

And probably you need a brush-up on the origins of "well worn postmodern criticism."
First of all, I'm basically giving you a dumbed down version of my own reading of Foucault. Trying to avoid his use of neologisms.

Secondly, Derrida's critique of the metaphysics of presence is precisely aligned with my position, I'm not sure why you think otherwise. What I have been grinding at are the historical realists that engage this metaphysics. It's this notion that an explanation of King Tut's bones makes King Tut present is exactly the issue. King Tut is nowhere to be seen on Earth except as a skeleton.

That's the profound distinction I am trying to make. Yes our lives involve the past but that relationship is only discursive. That's why confusing discourse's time (where King Tut lives on) with our time is a grave mistake. That is what historical realism confuses, and I reject it because they are both radically separated, its a category mistake to say otherwise.

That said, the historian, if such is against realism, handles in what is meaningful to us in historiography, the texts that tell us how we got from point A to B and where we should go. That's why an event like the Holocaust is meaningful (it answers the questions I brought up in my prior post, because they matter to us), and worrying about its ontological condition is merely a distraction.

And Porter, you know Derrida would be appalled that we would follow some sort of Derridean basic principles. I don't give a damn if my own enterprises using his thought, and other philosophers, disregards what scholars view them. I'm not at all interested in what scholars use their thoughts for scholarly purposes. In fact I'm sure Derrida would have greatly appreciated a view that would make academicians outraged!

I feel free to use the work of philosophers any way that I want, that's what philosophers are for. What matters is if my interpretation of the writings of philosophers is more enriching and enhancing than some correct scholarly sense. That's not to say I don't have any respect or appreciation with what is conducted in the Ivory Tower, it simply has no use to me.

So let's leave academic philosophy to academics. I don't want to admire philosophy, I want to use it.
Board News / Steps to become nun
« Last post by abouna faltaous on Today at 04:04:50 AM »
Can anyone please tell me how to become a nun in a monastery in Egypt
Reviews / Re: What movies are you watching?
« Last post by PeterTheAleut on Today at 03:49:49 AM »
The Help, starring Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard (daughter of Ron Howard, a.k.a. Opie Taylor), and Octavia Spencer
For anyone who cares, here are HG Mar Nicodemus' thoughts on sharing one Easter date. It's in Arabic though.

This approach to ecumenism is quite dangerous.  Statements like this lead to schism and are the reason why we have fundamentalist anti-ecumenist/Old Calendarist groups who rightly fear this sort of adogmatic relativism.  (Under other circumstances, I would have no issues changing the dates of Nativity or Resurrection.)

The calendar is NOT the reason we are out of communion.  We need to solve the important issues (dogma and phronema) which divide us first, then once we are in communion solve the secondary calendar issue.

Instead it appears the calendar is being used a ploy to psychologically manipulate the faithful into accepting a unity that is not based on one faith (including dogma, morality and worship)

Ecclesiological relativism is already rampant in our churches, the last thing we want to do is reinforce this.
Other Topics / Re: Happy Pascha!!!
« Last post by hecma925 on Today at 03:16:38 AM »
Pascha in Argentina with HG John of Caracas.

Faith Issues / Re: Who should commune?
« Last post by Porter ODoran on Today at 02:51:42 AM »
Yeah, e-mail him. It's his job. Make your best attempt to resolve this. May God bless you.
Faith Issues / Re: Who should commune?
« Last post by xOrthodox4Christx on Today at 02:44:29 AM »
While I think certain guidelines are generally admitted, I can't imagine that in an individual case of your sort, where you are concerned and unsure, it's not a pastoral decision. Why not call your priest?

I don't have his contact information besides his E-mail.  :-\ I suppose I could try that, but there's no guarantee he'll be able to answer by the time Divine Liturgy comes around.
Slavic Languages / Re: Icon translation
« Last post by hecma925 on Today at 02:37:52 AM »
Reviews / Re: What movies are you watching?
« Last post by vamrat on Today at 02:31:34 AM »
"Chappie." Very violent. Not what I expected, but moving.

Did you see Elysium or District 9?

Because you put Niel Blomkamp, Shalto Copley, and Ninja in a movie, there will be violence!!!
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