Oh I don't doubt that you believe that. Nothing surprises me about you guys.
I am not sure. According to the Russian Orthodox St. Seraphim Liturgical Calendar for 2011 it is the 7519th Year since Creation - so I can see why you would be incredulous at my mistake. Orthodox Wiki has an interesting summary of the Byzantine Creation Era Calendar: http://www.orthodoxwiki.org/Byzantine_Creation_Era
Uh huh.....Is that official ROCOR teaching?
Misses us altogether. These are the scientists who cannot accept that the world is only 6000 years old.
Does it hit you guys 13 days after it hits us?
I think the sun flare only affects New Calendarist places.
Where is an Earth-directed, X-class, Coronal Mass Ejection when you need one?
Talk of the devil and he appears!
The Sun has just released an X-Class flare which has sent a Coronal Mass Ejection heading our way (due to hit on the 16th):
http://spaceweather.com/index.php (see archives for February 15th 2011)
Nothing surprises you? Perhaps you could explain. I am sure many many Russian Orthodox do NOT believe in the Byzantine Creation Era dating, however some like me find it easier to believe what the Church taught traditionally and what many saints taught. Orthjodox Wiki cites:
St. John Chrysostom
St. John Chrysostom says clearly in his Homily "On the Cross and the Thief", that Christ:
"opened for us today Paradise, which had remained closed for some 5000 years.".
St. Isaac the Syrian
St. Isaac the Syrian writes in a Homily that before Christ:
"for five thousand years five hundred and some years God left Adam (i.e. man) to labor on the earth.".
Blessed Augustine writes in the City of God (written AD 413-426):
"Let us omit the conjectures of men who know not what they say, when they speak of the nature and origin of the human race...They are deceived by those highly mendacious documents which profess to give the history of many thousands of years, though reckoning by the sacred writings we find that not 6,000 years have passed. (City of God 12:10).
Augustine goes on to say that the ancient Greek chronology "does not exceed the true account of the duration of the world as it is given in our documents (i.e. the Scriptures), which are truly sacred."
St. Hippolytus of Rome (ca.170-235) maintained on Scriptural grounds that the Lord's birth took place in 5500 AM, and held that the birth of Christ took place on a passover day, deducing that its month-date was 25 March (see Alexandrian Era). He gave the following intervals:
"...from Adam to the flood 2242 years, thence to Abraham 1141 years, thence to the Exodus 430 years, thence to the passover of Joshua 41 years, thence to the passover of Hezekiah 864 years, thence to the passover of Josiah 114 years, thence to the passover of Ezra 107 years, and thence to the birth of Christ 563 years.".
In his Commentary on Daniel, one of his earlier writings, he proceeds to set out additional reasons for accepting the date of 5500 AM:
"First he quotes Exod. xxv. 10f. and pointing out that the length, breadth and height of the ark of the covenant amount in all to 5 1/2 cubits, says that these symbolize the 5,500 years from Adam at the end of which the Saviour was born. He then quotes from Jn. xix. 14 ' it was about the sixth hour ' and, understanding by that 5 1/2 hours, takes each hour to correspond to a thousand years of the world's life..."
Around AD 202 Hippolytus held that the Lord was born in the 42nd year of the reign of Augustus[note 9] and that he was born in 5500AM. In his Commentary on Daniel he did not need to establish the precise year of the Lord's birth; he is not concerned about the day of the week, the month-date, or even the year; it was sufficient for his purpose to show that Christ was born in the days of Augustus in 5500 AM.
It is referred to indirectly in Canon III of the Quinisext Council, which the Orthodox Churches consider as ecumenical, its canons being added to the decrees of the Fifth and Sixth Councils, as follows:
"... as of the fifteenth day of the month of January last past, in the last fourth Indiction, in the year six thousand one hundred and ninety , ..."
So I don't see the Byzantine Creation Era calendar to be an article of faith, but I do think St. John Chrysostom and St. Augustine have much greater credibility than atheistic so-called scientists.
The modernism of the Oecumenical Patriarchate in the years following the end of the Great War never graced the Russian Church at home or Abroad - apart from the 1920's Living Church experiment of the Bolsheviks. It is the Patriarchate of Moscow and All Russia that has continued to protect the Julian Calendar, and to reject the modernist innovations that one finds in some Greek churches around the world - from pipe organs to pews, from beardless clergy to shortened services, retaining the Saturday Vigil which is almost unheard of in the Greek churches outside Greece and of course rejecting the calendar that the Patriarch Meletios reputed to be a Freemason introduced.
Even the Western-rite within ROCOR adheres to the Julian Calendar, in obedience to the unbroken tradition of the Russian Church. As the Russian Church grows at home and abroad, with missionary endeavours planting indigenous Churches in Thailand, Indonesia, Korea, Japan and so many places, with a new cathedral and seminary in Paris being built, I cannot see any likely diminution of the contribution of traditional Orthodoxy. You certainly won't find electric candles and a Wurlitzer organ in any of them!