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 on: Today at 08:35:26 PM 
Started by Raylight - Last post by LizaSymonenko

Punch, with all due respect....you don't know the true Russia apparently, and what they are capable of...and what they are doing to people this very day.

I understand where you are coming from....but, your loyalty is mislaid.  Wink

 on: Today at 08:31:12 PM 
Started by minasoliman - Last post by Porter ODoran
Wonderful to see.

 on: Today at 08:30:27 PM 
Started by chrisgeo - Last post by marigold
Lord, have mercy.

 on: Today at 08:29:35 PM 
Started by Christos3 - Last post by Porter ODoran
Somebody's wearing clean shirts and speaking his native tongue fluently is no basis for hope he has the wisdom to rule mankind. You set your bar low. As for Protestants, they've ruled rather beneficially in north Germany and the Norse countries, places at the moment the most desirable to immigrate to (statistics say). I'd say they have some track record.

 on: Today at 08:26:17 PM 
Started by Christos3 - Last post by xOrthodox4Christx
Ridiculous. Protestants are just getting sweaty because they are losing their stranglehold on the public.

This has nothing to do with "faith" but with Protestantism. Catholics and Muslims wouldn't be invited to these "faith rallies".

He's just using Catholicism and other faiths to bolster his rhetoric.

still better than atheism

Nah, certain forms of religion are worse than Atheism.

 on: Today at 08:22:57 PM 
Started by saint samuel - Last post by katherine 2001
While a monarch is ideal, synergy is possible regardless.

There are all too many historical examples to show it isn't. Noble idea, never worked.

I agree. All of our writings that praise it were simply attempts to make lemonade.

State interests and those of the Church often conflict and when the Church is so aligned as to be viewed as an arm of State power when that power is used to either oppress its own people or to aggressively project national or cultural interests on to other nations or peoples, the Church ultimately suffers. That is reality, how some have idealized things is another matter.

I agree.  I think it is a huge mistake to have the two aligned.  It seems to me that the Church loses a lot of its moral punch when it is closely aligned to the government.  Unfortunately, Government tends to use methods that don't line up with the teachings of the Church all too often, and the Church loses its ability to speak out against the governments actions. 

 on: Today at 08:22:04 PM 
Started by Christos3 - Last post by JamesR
still better than atheism

As if

I'd rather have my culture dominated by atheists who are at least somewhat intellectual and reasonable opposed to a bunch of Evangelical Protestants who'd force you to accept Young Earth Creationism at gunpoint.

There's no track record of Atheists providing reasonable rule for a people for any length of time that I can think of. Nor is there any particular principle that would predict they'd have that sort of wisdom. Be careful what you wish for.

Neither is there for Evangelical Protestants. And at least the atheists are cultured and intelligent.

This guy just sounds ticked off that Evangelicals can no longer billy everyone into accepting their religion and hating gay people.

 on: Today at 08:18:16 PM 
Started by Raylight - Last post by Punch
If only we knew which lands produced the most saints per capita in periods of time

Here is a list of Saints of North America from the Wiki.  I wonder what country most of these came from . . .

American Orthodox Saints

Alexander Hotovitzky, hieromartyr, Missionary of America (Ukrainian National, Moscow Patriarchate)
Alexis of Wilkes-Barre, Missionary, leader of ex-Uniates into Orthodoxy (Greek Catholic convert to Russian Orthodox)
Herman of Alaska, first missionary to Alaska (Russian Orthodox)
Innocent of Alaska, missionary bishop to Alaska (Russian Orthodox)
Jacob Netsvetov, native of the Aleutian Islands who became a priest (Alaskan Native, Russian Orthodox)
John Kochurov, first hieromartyr in 1917 (Russian Orthodox)
John Maximovitch, ROCOR bishop of Shanghai and San Francisco, wonderworker (ROCOR)
Juvenaly of Alaska, Protomartyr of America (Russian Orthodox)
Nikolaj Velimirović, influential theological writer and a highly gifted orator, rector of St. Tikhon's Seminary (Serbian Orthodox)
Peter the Aleut, protomartyr of America (Native Convert, Russian Orthodox)
Raphael of Brooklyn, founder of the Antiochian Orthodox Mission in America (Syrian Orthodox - Antiochian)
Tikhon of Moscow, was bishop of the Aleutians and Alaska, missionary, then Patriarch of Moscow (Russian Orthodox)
Varnava Nastić, the New Confessor, born in Gary, Indiana (Serbian Orthodox)

So many blessed men serving the New World from "wicked" Russia.

 on: Today at 08:15:46 PM 
Started by minasoliman - Last post by Cyrillic
In the early 1960s Dutch minister Luns of foreign affairs went to the United States to discuss some issues with president Kennedy. During the small talk JFK asked Luns what he did in his spare time. Minister Luns responded with "I fok horses" - fokken being to breed in Dutch. JFK, surprised and somewhat shocked, said "Pardon?" to which Luns said "Yes, paarden!" Paarden being the Dutch word for horses.

 on: Today at 08:11:15 PM 
Started by JoeZollars - Last post by Cyrillic
On Liberty, by John Stuart Mill

That book is on my to-read list as well. What do you think about it?

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