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Re: Famous Orthodox Christians
« Reply #405 on: June 07, 2016, 09:41:15 AM »
Anna Maria Marten, an Indonesian model
She is beautiful :-*
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That's amazing to see Indonesian Orthodox celebrities ;)

Some famous Arab Orthodox Christians:
Ghada Shouaa - the unique Syrian gold medalist

Hanna Mina - famous Syrian novelist

Ziad Rahbani - Lebanese musician, son of Fairuz. Unfortunately, now he's an atheist.
Actually, there are other members of Rahabni family that are (still) Orthodox and are recognised musicians in the same time.

Jurji Zaydan - Lebanese historician, journalist, an important person in Nahda movement (Arabic culture and literature revival)

Michel Aflaq - one of the founders of Pan-Arabic party Ba'ath; there were some rumors that in the end of his life he converted to Islam, but there are Arabic materials that it was a kind of Saddam Hussein's propaganda.

Gebran Tueni - Lebanese journalist, founder of the most popular daily newspaper in Lebanon called Al-Nahar

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Re: Famous Orthodox Christians
« Reply #406 on: June 07, 2016, 10:39:22 AM »
If you cannot remember everything, instead of everything, I beg you, remember this without fail, that not to share our own wealth with the poor is theft from the poor and deprivation of their means of life; we do not possess our own wealth but theirs.  If we have this attitude, we will certainly offer our money; and by nourishing Christ in poverty here and laying up great profit hereafter, we will be able to attain the good things which are to come. - St. John Chrysostom

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Re: Famous Orthodox Christians
« Reply #407 on: June 07, 2016, 11:45:07 AM »
Anna Maria Marten, an Indonesian model
She is beautiful :-*
Yes, Indeed. She is very kind and nice to everybody.
I go to the same church with her family.
Her sons are famous entertainers.
Sebastianos Gibran Marten
and
Laurentios Gading Marten

That's amazing to see Indonesian Orthodox celebrities ;)

Some famous Arab Orthodox Christians:
Ghada Shouaa - the unique Syrian gold medalist

Hanna Mina - famous Syrian novelist

Ziad Rahbani - Lebanese musician, son of Fairuz. Unfortunately, now he's an atheist.
Actually, there are other members of Rahabni family that are (still) Orthodox and are recognised musicians in the same time.

Jurji Zaydan - Lebanese historician, journalist, an important person in Nahda movement (Arabic culture and literature revival)

Michel Aflaq - one of the founders of Pan-Arabic party Ba'ath; there were some rumors that in the end of his life he converted to Islam, but there are Arabic materials that it was a kind of Saddam Hussein's propaganda.

Gebran Tueni - Lebanese journalist, founder of the most popular daily newspaper in Lebanon called Al-Nahar

Impressive list.  Ziad has always been a bit of a rebel though.


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Re: Famous Orthodox Christians
« Reply #408 on: June 07, 2016, 12:17:46 PM »
Vasiliky (Betty) Cantrell
Miss America 2016


I found this in my facebook


Hopefully this means a Lebanese or Armenian Orthodox girl is  next.
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Re: Famous Orthodox Christians
« Reply #409 on: June 07, 2016, 05:05:41 PM »

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Why?

I think beauty contests are completely incompatible with the spirit of Orthodoxy. But then again, I watch sports, which some people believe is also contrary to the spirit of Orthodoxy. I would argue that unlike sports, vanity and lust are inherent aspects of beauty contests.

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« Reply #410 on: June 07, 2016, 05:44:30 PM »
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« Reply #411 on: June 07, 2016, 05:51:45 PM »
I suppose it depends on whether it's solely physical beauty that's being emphasized or not.
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Re: Famous Orthodox Christians
« Reply #412 on: June 07, 2016, 05:59:11 PM »

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Why?

I think beauty contests are completely incompatible with the spirit of Orthodoxy. But then again, I watch sports, which some people believe is also contrary to the spirit of Orthodoxy. I would argue that unlike sports, vanity and lust are inherent aspects of beauty contests.

Selam

Yeah, there's no vanity and lust in sports.  Or violence injurious to health and wellbeing. 
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« Reply #413 on: June 07, 2016, 06:10:38 PM »
I suppose it depends on whether it's solely physical beauty that's being emphasized or not.

The way I see it, a person trying to make their body as beautiful as possible is no more encouraging lust that a painter of landscapes is encouraging nature-worship. Yes, in both cases it can be an unfortunate side-effect, but that's on the viewer.
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« Reply #414 on: June 07, 2016, 07:26:43 PM »
Vladimir Tarasenko, leading scorer for St. Louis Blues NHL Hockey team is Orthodox.  He attends my church occasionally with his family.
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« Reply #415 on: June 07, 2016, 07:35:05 PM »
Vladimir Tarasenko, leading scorer for St. Louis Blues NHL Hockey team is Orthodox.  He attends my church occasionally with his family.

Awesome.  I was thrilled when they beat Chicago this year.  I wouldn't be surprised if the NHL was the most "Orthodox" sport in America due to the number of E. Europeans who play for the league.

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« Reply #416 on: June 10, 2016, 11:15:45 AM »
I suppose it depends on whether it's solely physical beauty that's being emphasized or not.

The way I see it, a person trying to make their body as beautiful as possible is no more encouraging lust that a painter of landscapes is encouraging nature-worship. Yes, in both cases it can be an unfortunate side-effect, but that's on the viewer.

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Re: Famous Orthodox Christians
« Reply #417 on: June 10, 2016, 01:07:59 PM »
I suppose it depends on whether it's solely physical beauty that's being emphasized or not.

The way I see it, a person trying to make their body as beautiful as possible is no more encouraging lust that a painter of landscapes is encouraging nature-worship. Yes, in both cases it can be an unfortunate side-effect, but that's on the viewer.

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Re: Famous Orthodox Christians
« Reply #418 on: June 11, 2016, 09:28:48 PM »

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Why?

I think beauty contests are completely incompatible with the spirit of Orthodoxy. But then again, I watch sports, which some people believe is also contrary to the spirit of Orthodoxy. I would argue that unlike sports, vanity and lust are inherent aspects of beauty contests.

Selam

Yeah, there's no vanity and lust in sports.  Or violence injurious to health and wellbeing.

Of course there is vanity in sports, perhaps lust too. In fact, you can find vanity and lust even in the Orthodox Church. But vanity and lust are not means, goals, and ends of sports. But they are in beauty contests.

Selam
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« Reply #419 on: August 05, 2016, 03:43:08 AM »

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Why?

I think beauty contests are completely incompatible with the spirit of Orthodoxy. But then again, I watch sports, which some people believe is also contrary to the spirit of Orthodoxy. I would argue that unlike sports, vanity and lust are inherent aspects of beauty contests.

Selam

Yeah, there's no vanity and lust in sports.  Or violence injurious to health and wellbeing.

Of course there is vanity in sports, perhaps lust too. In fact, you can find vanity and lust even in the Orthodox Church. But vanity and lust are not means, goals, and ends of sports. But they are in beauty contests.

Selam

Not to mention sports are actually used as a metaphor in Scripture (I have finished the race, etc.)
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« Reply #420 on: August 05, 2016, 03:44:35 AM »
Kennedy, for one.

And then (not to get too political or anything) but there's a possible future president of the United States, Justin Amash.
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« Reply #421 on: August 05, 2016, 07:52:30 AM »
Never heard of this Amash, but I would like the visibility an Orthodox president of the US would grant to the Church. Both current presidents of Brazil come from Orthodox backgrounds but are RC... The mayor of São Paulo is actually Orthodox though.

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Re: Famous Orthodox Christians
« Reply #422 on: August 05, 2016, 08:34:00 AM »
Never heard of this Amash, but I would like the visibility an Orthodox president of the US would grant to the Church. Both current presidents of Brazil come from Orthodox backgrounds but are RC... The mayor of São Paulo is actually Orthodox though.

Isn't (wasn't) the Lebanese one a Maronite, not Orthodox?
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« Reply #423 on: August 05, 2016, 09:09:22 AM »
Never heard of this Amash, but I would like the visibility an Orthodox president of the US would grant to the Church. Both current presidents of Brazil come from Orthodox backgrounds but are RC... The mayor of São Paulo is actually Orthodox though.

Isn't (wasn't) the Lebanese one a Maronite, not Orthodox?
Yes, but his parents were Orthodox before getting to Brazil. They were from Btaaboura and his uncle (or his father's ucle?) was a bishop. They were probably assimilated to the Maronite Church influenced by the local Arab community.
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« Reply #424 on: August 05, 2016, 10:27:46 AM »

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Why?

I think beauty contests are completely incompatible with the spirit of Orthodoxy. But then again, I watch sports, which some people believe is also contrary to the spirit of Orthodoxy. I would argue that unlike sports, vanity and lust are inherent aspects of beauty contests.

Selam

Yeah, there's no vanity and lust in sports.  Or violence injurious to health and wellbeing.

Of course there is vanity in sports, perhaps lust too. In fact, you can find vanity and lust even in the Orthodox Church. But vanity and lust are not means, goals, and ends of sports. But they are in beauty contests.

Selam

Not to mention sports are actually used as a metaphor in Scripture (I have finished the race, etc.)

Violence and sex are also used as metaphors in Scripture.  Violence and sex actually occur in Scripture.  Heck, so do beauty contests. 
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« Reply #425 on: August 05, 2016, 10:30:33 AM »

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Why?

I think beauty contests are completely incompatible with the spirit of Orthodoxy. But then again, I watch sports, which some people believe is also contrary to the spirit of Orthodoxy. I would argue that unlike sports, vanity and lust are inherent aspects of beauty contests.

Selam

Yeah, there's no vanity and lust in sports.  Or violence injurious to health and wellbeing.

Of course there is vanity in sports, perhaps lust too. In fact, you can find vanity and lust even in the Orthodox Church. But vanity and lust are not means, goals, and ends of sports. But they are in beauty contests.

Selam

Not to mention sports are actually used as a metaphor in Scripture (I have finished the race, etc.)

Violence and sex are also used as metaphors in Scripture.  Violence and sex actually occur in Scripture.  Heck, so do beauty contests.

Not to mention....running a footrace is hardly comparable to all other sports.
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« Reply #426 on: August 08, 2016, 10:33:41 PM »
Not sure if The Weeknd is still Orthodox, but he went to a Tewahedo parish when younger, and he financed some Ge'ez university course while older.

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« Reply #427 on: August 09, 2016, 08:11:54 AM »
I think the brazilian journalist Guga Chacra from Globonews is orthodox.

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« Reply #428 on: August 09, 2016, 09:54:36 AM »
Yusra Mardini, the Syrian refugee swimmer competing in Rio Olympics, is from a Christian family... I'm not sure if that means Orthodox or not.
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« Reply #429 on: August 18, 2016, 06:26:11 PM »


Aliya Mustafina and Seda Tutkhalyan, the only Russian gymnasts to make an impression in Rio. (Mustafina by maintaining her long-held world class, and Tutkhalyan by being the next big thing who didn't do as well as expected.)



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« Reply #430 on: August 18, 2016, 08:10:26 PM »
And then (not to get too political or anything) but there's a possible future president of the United States, Justin Amash.

He has the charisma of a dead ferret.
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« Reply #431 on: August 20, 2016, 08:30:44 AM »


Aliya Mustafina and Seda Tutkhalyan, the only Russian gymnasts to make an impression in Rio. (Mustafina by maintaining her long-held world class, and Tutkhalyan by being the next big thing who didn't do as well as expected.)

Both names are not Russian; the first one is rather Muslim, the second one, as I've seen on wikipedia, is Armenian, so maybe she is Orthodox.
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Aliya Mustafina and Seda Tutkhalyan, the only Russian gymnasts to make an impression in Rio. (Mustafina by maintaining her long-held world class, and Tutkhalyan by being the next big thing who didn't do as well as expected.)

Both names are not Russian; the first one is rather Muslim, the second one, as I've seen on wikipedia, is Armenian, so maybe she is Orthodox.

Mustafina is most definitely Orthodox. Photographic proof.
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« Reply #433 on: August 20, 2016, 09:24:10 AM »


Aliya Mustafina and Seda Tutkhalyan, the only Russian gymnasts to make an impression in Rio. (Mustafina by maintaining her long-held world class, and Tutkhalyan by being the next big thing who didn't do as well as expected.)

Both names are not Russian; the first one is rather Muslim, the second one, as I've seen on wikipedia, is Armenian, so maybe she is Orthodox.

Mustafina is most definitely Orthodox. Photographic proof.
Interesting... If Wikipedia doesn't lie, she's from a mixed (Tatar-Russian) family; anyway, usually if father is Muslim, children are Muslims too, that's why I thought she's not Orthodox..
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« Reply #434 on: August 20, 2016, 09:25:57 AM »


Aliya Mustafina and Seda Tutkhalyan, the only Russian gymnasts to make an impression in Rio. (Mustafina by maintaining her long-held world class, and Tutkhalyan by being the next big thing who didn't do as well as expected.)

Both names are not Russian; the first one is rather Muslim, the second one, as I've seen on wikipedia, is Armenian, so maybe she is Orthodox.

Mustafina is most definitely Orthodox. Photographic proof.
Interesting... If Wikipedia doesn't lie, she's from a mixed (Tatar-Russian) family; anyway, usually if father is Muslim, children are Muslims too, that's why I thought she's not Orthodox..

I suspect Soviets of Muslim background could be just as indifferent to things religious, back in the day, as those of Christian background.
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« Reply #435 on: October 12, 2016, 02:44:07 PM »
Naguib El-Rihani, one of the most famous Egyptian comedian actors, seems to be Coptic (his mother was Coptic Orthodox and his father was Chaldean).
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« Reply #436 on: October 13, 2016, 12:31:54 PM »
Constantin Brancusi, leading modernist sculptor. Apparently he was quite involved with the Church from an early age.
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« Reply #437 on: October 13, 2016, 12:44:44 PM »
Constantin Brancusi, leading modernist sculptor. Apparently he was quite involved with the Church from an early age.

We had this version of his sleeping muse at the Chicago Art Institute:




Though I havent seen it on display in over a year.  I think the Institute still claims to have it.  Maybe it's being lended to another museum or is in preservation / restoration.  I always made it a point to see it when it was on display, and I miss it.  I think we have a couple prints of his as well.  Detroit has the similarly named and designed, but much more strange looking "Sleeping Child", something that is never on my agenda to look at while I'm there.

Do you have a source on his Church involvement?  In my mind I have it stored that he was raised Orthodox, but was more concerned with folk traditions and a vague spirituality (maybe something similar toTolstyism) .  I tried to quickly look up is spiritual tendencies when I read your post, but found nothing, so I don't know where I got that info.  If it was in an art book, it's probably either destroyed or back in Ohio, so I can't fact check on my books.
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« Reply #438 on: October 13, 2016, 01:10:35 PM »
Hi William, I learned of it just today reading this article by Aidan Hart at Orthodox Arts Journal:

http://www.orthodoxartsjournal.org/the-altar-and-the-portico-pt1/

He provides a couple citations about Brancusi from people who knew him.
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« Reply #439 on: October 13, 2016, 01:55:17 PM »
Hi William, I learned of it just today reading this article by Aidan Hart at Orthodox Arts Journal:

http://www.orthodoxartsjournal.org/the-altar-and-the-portico-pt1/

He provides a couple citations about Brancusi from people who knew him.

It's always interesting to see how Eastern Christian artists who were in the "modernism / post-modernism" genre relate their upbringing to their art.  Andy Warhol was always Byzantine Catholic, and a devote one.  Iconography was very much an influence on his work:

http://mirappraisal.com/andy-warhol-religious-iconography-from-a-pop-icon/
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« Reply #440 on: October 13, 2016, 01:59:52 PM »
Hi William, I learned of it just today reading this article by Aidan Hart at Orthodox Arts Journal:

http://www.orthodoxartsjournal.org/the-altar-and-the-portico-pt1/

He provides a couple citations about Brancusi from people who knew him.

It's always interesting to see how Eastern Christian artists who were in the "modernism / post-modernism" genre relate their upbringing to their art.  Andy Warhol was always Byzantine Catholic, and a devote one.  Iconography was very much an influence on his work:

http://mirappraisal.com/andy-warhol-religious-iconography-from-a-pop-icon/


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« Reply #441 on: February 24, 2017, 01:17:10 PM »
Gabriel Murr - founder of the most popular Lebanese TV channel: MTV (Murr television).

Yacoub Shaheen - Palestinian singer and subdeacon in the Syriac Orthodox Church



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« Reply #442 on: February 24, 2017, 01:20:42 PM »
I didn't know about Syriacs in Palestine, it seems they're a very tiny minority.
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« Reply #443 on: February 25, 2017, 11:21:29 PM »
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« Reply #444 on: May 03, 2017, 11:59:06 PM »
Hans Einstein, famous in his own right, but more famous as the son of Albert Einstein.
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« Reply #445 on: May 04, 2017, 08:31:49 AM »
Hans Einstein, famous in his own right, but more famous as the son of Albert Einstein.
Wow, didn't know that.
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« Reply #446 on: June 13, 2017, 07:41:57 PM »
Fernanda Torres, nationally famous Brazilian actress, convert to the Russian Orthodox Church. Her baptism some 10 years ago had the presence of national celebrities such as the then minister of culture.

"To put it simply, Orthodoxy has a very attractive mark to me: it won't change its traditions to follow modern times and trends."

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« Reply #447 on: August 09, 2017, 10:27:21 AM »
Fernanda Torres, nationally famous Brazilian actress, convert to the Russian Orthodox Church. Her baptism some 10 years ago had the presence of national celebrities such as the then minister of culture.

"To put it simply, Orthodoxy has a very attractive mark to me: it won't change its traditions to follow modern times and trends."




Really? That's a new for me.

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« Reply #448 on: August 09, 2017, 12:01:16 PM »
Yeah, she married less famous director Andrucha Waddington into the Church and was baptised in Holy Martyr Zenaida. I was very surprised when I found out, too.
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« Reply #449 on: August 09, 2017, 12:04:52 PM »
Yeah, she married less famous director Andrucha Waddington into the Church and was baptised in Holy Martyr Zenaida. I was very surprised when I found out, too.

Well, I have a prejudice against artists, specially in Brazil, where most of them have hostility towards christian values.