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Re: Famous Orthodox Christians
« Reply #225 on: June 08, 2012, 09:26:38 AM »
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Re: Famous Orthodox Christians
« Reply #226 on: June 08, 2012, 09:33:52 AM »
Prince Charles with Athonite monks, who I believe has secretly converted to Orthodoxy

There's no secret about the monks being Orthodox! ;)
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« Reply #227 on: June 08, 2012, 10:14:14 AM »
Prince Charles with Athonite monks, who I believe has secretly converted to Orthodoxy

There's no secret about the monks being Orthodox! ;)

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« Reply #228 on: June 08, 2012, 11:18:55 AM »
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« Reply #229 on: June 08, 2012, 11:20:10 AM »
I remember hearing an interview with a member of the Byrds (I forget which one) about his Orthodox faith.
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« Reply #230 on: June 08, 2012, 11:53:21 AM »
I remember hearing an interview with a member of the Byrds (I forget which one) about his Orthodox faith.
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« Reply #231 on: June 08, 2012, 12:20:57 PM »
I remember hearing an interview with a member of the Byrds (I forget which one) about his Orthodox faith.
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« Reply #232 on: June 08, 2012, 12:47:38 PM »
Yup, that was the one.  :)
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Re: Famous Orthodox Christians
« Reply #233 on: June 08, 2012, 02:30:48 PM »
Hahaha. Lauryn Hill of Lauryn Hill fame.

Probably the most famous Copt known in the West is former UN Secretary General is Boutros Boutros-Ghali, though according to Wiki we also have a number of internationally-known celebrity chefs: Christopher Maher (also an actor), Karine Bakhoum (also a judge on "Iron Chef America" TV program), and Michael Mina. Thanks Wiki! I have no idea who any of those people are, but I find it funny that Copts would be famous for cooking when we spend so much time fasting. :D

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Re: Famous Orthodox Christians
« Reply #234 on: June 08, 2012, 02:38:57 PM »
former UN Secretary General is Boutros Boutros-Ghali,

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Why do those UN secretary guys always have strange names like that? I suppose Kofi Annan isn't as strange. But then along came Ban Ki-moon, which is open to a lot of jokes.

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Re: Famous Orthodox Christians
« Reply #235 on: June 08, 2012, 02:58:21 PM »
former UN Secretary General is Boutros Boutros-Ghali,

[ethnocentric/hick comment]

Why do those UN secretary guys always have strange names like that? I suppose Kofi Annan isn't as strange. But then along came Ban Ki-moon, which is open to a lot of jokes.

[ethnocentric/hick comment]

Yeah, I can remember the situation with the Chinese pilot who got caught where he shouldn't have been. His name was Wang Wei (pronounced Wong Way).
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Re: Famous Orthodox Christians
« Reply #236 on: June 08, 2012, 03:04:44 PM »
former UN Secretary General is Boutros Boutros-Ghali,

[ethnocentric/hick comment]

Why do those UN secretary guys always have strange names like that? I suppose Kofi Annan isn't as strange. But then along came Ban Ki-moon, which is open to a lot of jokes.

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Re: Famous Orthodox Christians
« Reply #237 on: June 08, 2012, 08:57:19 PM »
Yeah, I can remember the situation with the Chinese pilot who got caught where he shouldn't have been. His name was Wang Wei (pronounced Wong Way).

I was going to post the Family Matters clip with "Waldo, you brought back the Wong kid!" but it doesn't seem to be online.
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« Reply #238 on: June 09, 2012, 07:52:54 AM »
Comedian Demetri Martin is the son of a Greek Orthodox Priest, but is no longer practicing. He talks about religion some in this interview.

Zach Galifianakis was baptized Greek Orthodox but mostly attended a Presbetyrian Church as a child and has said "I grew up Greek Orthodox and I wish I knew more about the bible. But, I haven't really made my mind up about it. I think it's all mythology. It would be nice to believe in something, just in case. I mean, what do you have to lose? We can be all scientific about it, but just in case. I don't know. I'm still thinking about it. "

Hmmm ... I wonder if he read Blaise Pascal.
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« Reply #239 on: June 10, 2012, 12:09:42 AM »
Comedian Demetri Martin is the son of a Greek Orthodox Priest, but is no longer practicing. He talks about religion some in this interview.

Zach Galifianakis was baptized Greek Orthodox but mostly attended a Presbetyrian Church as a child and has said "I grew up Greek Orthodox and I wish I knew more about the bible. But, I haven't really made my mind up about it. I think it's all mythology. It would be nice to believe in something, just in case. I mean, what do you have to lose? We can be all scientific about it, but just in case. I don't know. I'm still thinking about it. "

Hmmm ... I wonder if he read Blaise Pascal.

I've never understood why anyone would think Pascal's Wager is a useful tool in converting people (not that I think you've ever used it; but I saw quite a few Protestants bring it up to non-Christians...).
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Re: Famous Orthodox Christians
« Reply #240 on: June 11, 2012, 03:27:53 AM »
Comedian Demetri Martin is the son of a Greek Orthodox Priest, but is no longer practicing. He talks about religion some in this interview.

Zach Galifianakis was baptized Greek Orthodox but mostly attended a Presbetyrian Church as a child and has said "I grew up Greek Orthodox and I wish I knew more about the bible. But, I haven't really made my mind up about it. I think it's all mythology. It would be nice to believe in something, just in case. I mean, what do you have to lose? We can be all scientific about it, but just in case. I don't know. I'm still thinking about it. "

Hmmm ... I wonder if he read Blaise Pascal.

I've never understood why anyone would think Pascal's Wager is a useful tool in converting people (not that I think you've ever used it; but I saw quite a few Protestants bring it up to non-Christians...).
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Re: Famous Orthodox Christians
« Reply #241 on: June 11, 2012, 03:33:09 AM »
Comedian Demetri Martin is the son of a Greek Orthodox Priest, but is no longer practicing. He talks about religion some in this interview.

Zach Galifianakis was baptized Greek Orthodox but mostly attended a Presbetyrian Church as a child and has said "I grew up Greek Orthodox and I wish I knew more about the bible. But, I haven't really made my mind up about it. I think it's all mythology. It would be nice to believe in something, just in case. I mean, what do you have to lose? We can be all scientific about it, but just in case. I don't know. I'm still thinking about it. "

Hmmm ... I wonder if he read Blaise Pascal.

I've never understood why anyone would think Pascal's Wager is a useful tool in converting people (not that I think you've ever used it; but I saw quite a few Protestants bring it up to non-Christians...).
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No I've not; but don't worry, I've already been informed by two board members that Pascal's Wager is a part of a larger work that is worth a read, and I shouldn't have dismissed it so quickly.
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« Reply #242 on: June 11, 2012, 06:47:51 AM »
Comedian Demetri Martin is the son of a Greek Orthodox Priest, but is no longer practicing. He talks about religion some in this interview.

Zach Galifianakis was baptized Greek Orthodox but mostly attended a Presbetyrian Church as a child and has said "I grew up Greek Orthodox and I wish I knew more about the bible. But, I haven't really made my mind up about it. I think it's all mythology. It would be nice to believe in something, just in case. I mean, what do you have to lose? We can be all scientific about it, but just in case. I don't know. I'm still thinking about it. "

Hmmm ... I wonder if he read Blaise Pascal.

I've never understood why anyone would think Pascal's Wager is a useful tool in converting people (not that I think you've ever used it; but I saw quite a few Protestants bring it up to non-Christians...).
Have you heard of John von Neumann?
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No I've not; but don't worry, I've already been informed by two board members that Pascal's Wager is a part of a larger work that is worth a read, and I shouldn't have dismissed it so quickly.

Huh ... I wasn't aware of that, or perhaps just never thought about it.
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Re: Famous Orthodox Christians
« Reply #243 on: July 24, 2012, 04:55:52 AM »
The Kardashian sisters and their brother are Armenian Orthodox. They give 10% of their assets each year to the Armenian Church.
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« Reply #244 on: July 24, 2012, 08:35:37 AM »
Forgive me for not reading through this entire thread.

I’m guessing someone has mentioned Troy Polamalu (NFL player Pittsburgh Steelers)?

All outward signs would suggest he is a devout Orthodox Christian and truly strives to live in Christ. I am a big time Steeler fan originally from the Pittsburgh area. Mr. Polamalu seems to be very well respected and spiritually influential amongst his teammates and fans.

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« Reply #245 on: July 24, 2012, 09:21:50 AM »
Forgive me for not reading through this entire thread.
You are forgiven, but you might try actually reading through the whole thread. ;) If you had, you would find that Troy Polamalu is known to be a practicing Orthodox Christian, together with his wife and two children.
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« Reply #246 on: July 24, 2012, 10:59:24 AM »
Forgive me for not reading through this entire thread.
You are forgiven, but you might try actually reading through the whole thread. ;) If you had, you would find that Troy Polamalu is known to be a practicing Orthodox Christian, together with his wife and two children.
Yes, I must work on my laziness!  ;)

I assumed (hoped) he had been mentioned but sometimes I think I just like to hear myself talk. As well as mention my beloved Steelers!! Something else I need to work on!

Yea, I am also aware of his family. Wonderful people is the reputation in Pittsburgh. It was actually a sports article about him that led to me begin learning more of Orthodoxy. Well, then more so John Wesley's reverence and respect toward the Orthodox Church and early Church Fathers. I wonder how many others have been influenced in such way. 
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« Reply #247 on: July 24, 2012, 11:45:11 AM »


Yes.  Troy's name was mentioned in an earlier post...
woops. missed it. :laugh:
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Um, keep the superstition out of this one.

I removed the garlic from around my neck right after the game. haha.

Just found it.
 
To add to the humor, I read an Orthodox Priest in Pittsburgh commenting on the subject a couple of years back. He mentioned they watch the games when they can. He was then asked if that means they pray that the Steelers win. He said no, of course not, we pray for the team's safety. He then added “what position does Troy play?”

 :D
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« Reply #248 on: July 24, 2012, 12:11:22 PM »


Yes.  Troy's name was mentioned in an earlier post...
woops. missed it. :laugh:
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Um, keep the superstition out of this one.

I removed the garlic from around my neck right after the game. haha.

Just found it.
 
To add to the humor, I read an Orthodox Priest in Pittsburgh commenting on the subject a couple of years back. He mentioned they watch the games when they can. He was then asked if that means they pray that the Steelers win. He said no, of course not, we pray for the team's safety. He then added “what position does Troy play?”

 :D
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« Reply #249 on: July 24, 2012, 12:31:16 PM »


Yes.  Troy's name was mentioned in an earlier post...
woops. missed it. :laugh:
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Um, keep the superstition out of this one.

I removed the garlic from around my neck right after the game. haha.

Just found it.
 
To add to the humor, I read an Orthodox Priest in Pittsburgh commenting on the subject a couple of years back. He mentioned they watch the games when they can. He was then asked if that means they pray that the Steelers win. He said no, of course not, we pray for the team's safety. He then added “what position does Troy play?”

 :D
Can't miss the hair. ;D

So true Peter.

Just to clarify the Father's joke Troy is the teams safety.
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« Reply #250 on: July 24, 2012, 02:00:31 PM »
The Kardashian sisters and their brother are Armenian Orthodox. They give 10% of their assets each year to the Armenian Church.

Are you sue about this?  I would imagine their father, Robert Kardashian was officially Armenian Orthodox, supported the church, and had his children baptized in the church, but, though I'm hard pressed to admit to it, I watch "Keeping Up with the Kardshians," and have never heard of a reference to the Armenian Apostolic Church---even the one episode where they recalled their father's memory, they went to an Armenian restaurant to commemorate him, not a word about a memorial service in church or grave side prayers.  In the episode that featured Khloe's marriage, it was outdoors and secular, again, no thoughts about even going to the church were expressed.  Kim's marriage was secular too, certainly it was not in an Armenian Church.  Not that any of us necessarily practices our faith as the church so calls us, the Kardashian family leads an especially hedonistic life style, according to what they portray on the show.

So what I am asking, is there something that indicates that they claim to be Armenian Apostolic?  Are you sure they (all of them, which ones?) support the church financially?   (Jennifer Aniston's marriage was not in the church, much to her father's dismay, it was an outdoor, secular affair, but I know that she claims to be Greek Orthodox.)
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« Reply #251 on: July 24, 2012, 03:22:15 PM »


Yes.  Troy's name was mentioned in an earlier post...
woops. missed it. :laugh:
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Um, keep the superstition out of this one.

I removed the garlic from around my neck right after the game. haha.

Just found it.
 
To add to the humor, I read an Orthodox Priest in Pittsburgh commenting on the subject a couple of years back. He mentioned they watch the games when they can. He was then asked if that means they pray that the Steelers win. He said no, of course not, we pray for the team's safety. He then added “what position does Troy play?”

 :D
Can't miss the hair. ;D

So true Peter.

Just to clarify the Father's joke Troy is the teams safety.

As a Steeler-illiterate, thanks for that explanation. :)
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Re: Famous Orthodox Christians
« Reply #252 on: July 24, 2012, 03:45:50 PM »


Yes.  Troy's name was mentioned in an earlier post...
woops. missed it. :laugh:
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Um, keep the superstition out of this one.

I removed the garlic from around my neck right after the game. haha.

Just found it.
 
To add to the humor, I read an Orthodox Priest in Pittsburgh commenting on the subject a couple of years back. He mentioned they watch the games when they can. He was then asked if that means they pray that the Steelers win. He said no, of course not, we pray for the team's safety. He then added “what position does Troy play?”

 :D
Can't miss the hair. ;D

So true Peter.

Just to clarify the Father's joke Troy is the teams safety.

As a Steeler-illiterate, thanks for that explanation. :)
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Re: Famous Orthodox Christians
« Reply #253 on: July 24, 2012, 03:48:12 PM »
Hahaha. Lauryn Hill of Lauryn Hill fame.

Probably the most famous Copt known in the West is former UN Secretary General is Boutros Boutros-Ghali, though according to Wiki we also have a number of internationally-known celebrity chefs: Christopher Maher (also an actor), Karine Bakhoum (also a judge on "Iron Chef America" TV program), and Michael Mina. Thanks Wiki! I have no idea who any of those people are, but I find it funny that Copts would be famous for cooking when we spend so much time fasting. :D

Boutros Boutros-Ghali is one I like to forget.  Michael Mina is a famous chef, has top rated restaurants in AC & Las Vegas.  There's also another famous chef, Marcus Samuelsson, who's Ethiopian.
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« Reply #254 on: July 24, 2012, 03:50:43 PM »

Troy wears the number 43 on his jersey.
How does that prove he's Orthodox  ::)?

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« Reply #255 on: July 24, 2012, 03:53:12 PM »

Troy wears the number 43 on his jersey.
How does that prove he's Orthodox  ::)?

It proves he's either a cornerback or a safety :)
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« Reply #256 on: July 24, 2012, 04:02:57 PM »

Troy wears the number 43 on his jersey.
How does that prove he's Orthodox  ::)?

It proves he's either a cornerback or a safety :)
But it still doesn't explain what connection 43 has with Orthodoxy  ???.


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« Reply #257 on: July 24, 2012, 04:19:42 PM »

Troy wears the number 43 on his jersey.
How does that prove he's Orthodox  ::)?

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« Reply #258 on: July 24, 2012, 05:37:50 PM »

Troy wears the number 43 on his jersey.
How does that prove he's Orthodox  ::)?

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Re: Famous Orthodox Christians
« Reply #259 on: July 25, 2012, 12:54:54 AM »

Troy wears the number 43 on his jersey.
How does that prove he's Orthodox  ::)?
I never said it did, so I wonder why you're trying to make that connection. I just pointed out his number as a way of identifying him when he's on the field. (The one thing Troy does on the field that does make his Orthodoxy conspicuous is he crosses himself before almost every play.)
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« Reply #260 on: July 25, 2012, 06:38:40 AM »

Troy wears the number 43 on his jersey.
How does that prove he's Orthodox  ::)?
I never said it did, so I wonder why you're trying to make that connection. I just pointed out his number as a way of identifying him when he's on the field. (The one thing Troy does on the field that does make his Orthodoxy conspicuous is he crosses himself before almost every play.)
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Jared Leto.

IDK what he is but he made inversed cross his logo and he wrote Christmas wishes on Jan 6 on his twitter.


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« Reply #262 on: January 09, 2013, 06:43:51 PM »
A few more. As several come from traditional Orthodox lands, I've picked only those who have appeared to be practising. Apologies for any duplicates.

Holly Valance (nee Vukadinovic): Australian model and singer.

Oksana Baiul: Ukrainian figureskater. She was raised Orthodox but started identifying as Jewish after finding out about Jewish ancestry on her mother's side.

Novak Djokovic: Serbian tennis champion, Order of St Sava 1st class.

Vlade Divac: Serbian retired basketball player, currently involved with the IOCC.

Evan Lysacek: American figureskating champion, became Greek Orthodox against his Italian/Czech family ancestry.

Sandra Dee (nee Alexandra Cymboliak Zuck): Raised Russian Orthodox.

Karl Malden (ne Mladen Sekulovic): Said to have been raised Serbian Orthodox.

David Gahan, frontman of Depeche Mode: Converted to Greek Orthodoxy to marry his current wife.

Arvo Pärt, Estonian composer: Converted from Lutheranism.
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Re: Famous Orthodox Christians
« Reply #263 on: January 09, 2013, 06:46:50 PM »
Karolina Gruszka.
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Re: Famous Orthodox Christians
« Reply #264 on: January 09, 2013, 07:03:57 PM »
Hahaha. Lauryn Hill of Lauryn Hill fame.

Probably the most famous Copt known in the West is former UN Secretary General is Boutros Boutros-Ghali, though according to Wiki we also have a number of internationally-known celebrity chefs: Christopher Maher (also an actor), Karine Bakhoum (also a judge on "Iron Chef America" TV program), and Michael Mina. Thanks Wiki! I have no idea who any of those people are, but I find it funny that Copts would be famous for cooking when we spend so much time fasting. :D

Boutros Boutros-Ghali is one I like to forget.  Michael Mina is a famous chef, has top rated restaurants in AC & Las Vegas.  There's also another famous chef, Marcus Samuelsson, who's Ethiopian.

Is Samuelsson Orthodox though? I was under the impression he was adopted and grew up with a Swedish Family.

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Re: Famous Orthodox Christians
« Reply #265 on: January 09, 2013, 07:28:40 PM »
Jared Leto.

IDK what he is but he made inversed cross his logo and he wrote Christmas wishes on Jan 6 on his twitter.


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« Reply #266 on: January 10, 2013, 12:05:33 AM »
I remember hearing an interview with a member of the Byrds (I forget which one) about his Orthodox faith.
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Lauryn Hill of Fugees and Lauryn Hill fame is reportedly Ethiopian Orthodox.

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« Reply #267 on: January 10, 2013, 12:09:36 AM »
The Kardashian sisters and their brother are Armenian Orthodox. They give 10% of their assets each year to the Armenian Church.

I would pay His Holiness the Catholicos all my money to lock them up in Etchmiadzin.
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« Reply #268 on: January 10, 2013, 12:16:12 AM »
Jared Leto.

IDK what he is but he made inversed cross his logo and he wrote Christmas wishes on Jan 6 on his twitter.


Nice necklace...

Hopefully he will learn to make fewer fashion statements.
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« Reply #269 on: January 10, 2013, 01:56:23 AM »

Troy wears the number 43 on his jersey.
How does that prove he's Orthodox  ::)?
I never said it did, so I wonder why you're trying to make that connection. I just pointed out his number as a way of identifying him when he's on the field. (The one thing Troy does on the field that does make his Orthodoxy conspicuous is he crosses himself before almost every play.)
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