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    Should I convert to Islam?

    So, what about my post about the Incarnation? Does the Incarnation leave you indifferent?
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    Should I convert to Islam?

    Agree 200%!
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    I am treated like a child

    Arrrrrgh.  I read this and vividly recalled some of my non-major students who aspire Bachelor's degrees in areas like Business or Family Studies/ Community Development etc., and who absolutely cannot read or write. It's them who will soon interview (or are already interviewing) job applicants...
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    Should I convert to Islam?

    To me personally, the biggest "pro" for Christianity and the biggest "con" for all other belief systems is that Christianity is about Incarnation. "And the Word became flesh, and lived among us, and we saw His glory..." God - the Being Who is without beginning or end, without limits, invisible...
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    Drivin'

    Lord, have mercy! The longest drive I've had was from Seattle, WA to Starkville, MS. But I did not have to make it in one day, so I drove only at daytime.
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    I am treated like a child

    Doubtingthomas, is there any chance you could go to graduate school in a different city? That's how I "detached" myself frm my parents 30 yeas ago. I lived with them throughout college (till 1981), but then I applied to a graduate program in Moscow (my parents' apartment was in Kyiv, Ukraine)...
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    My review of C. Shingledecker's book, "The Crazy Side of Orthodoxy" (draft)

    So "scholarly" is all we need? Look, in the country of my birth (Ukraine), 99.999999999999999% of the people who call themseves Orthodox do not know whether the body will be resurrected. Or whether Christ is fully human. Etc... But they, these 99.999999999999999% of the people who call themseves...
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    My review of C. Shingledecker's book, "The Crazy Side of Orthodoxy" (draft)

    No. It is in sync with whatever the "culture" is; it is "in sync" with your understanding of what is right and what is wrong. With your understanding, for instance, that one should not own another human being (a slave). Or with your understanding that one should not ask if a girl "invited" a...
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    My review of C. Shingledecker's book, "The Crazy Side of Orthodoxy" (draft)

    Review on “The Crazy Side of Orthodoxy” by Charles Shingledecker (Regina Orthodox Press, Salisbury, MA, 2011, 194 pp., ISBN 978-1928653) What do Orthodox Christians believe? This question may seem odd. Don’t we know it? Of course we believe “in one God the Father Almighty… and in one Lord...
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    What movies are you watching?

    Yesterday night - Mankeiwicz's "Suddenly, Last Summer" (1959) (huge impression, really a milestone), and Hitchcok's "Marnie" (1964) (a rather mediocre film, although it was a pleasure to see the acting of young Tippi Hedren and Sean Connery).
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    Can Orthodox lose their state of grace?

    Not all spiritual fathers share this view. I was at one time struck by Fr. Alexander Schmemann's note in his journals where he wrote that he was tired of listening to pseudo-confessions (as he called them), which were, in fact, attempts of pseudo-penitents to receive something like a...
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    Can Orthodox lose their state of grace?

    Yes! In the best apophatic tradition. :)
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    Can Orthodox lose their state of grace?

    Honestly, I am no longer willing to answer or even to research questions like this one...
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    What is everyone reading?

    I am reading a book by Igor Bunich (1937-2004), titled, "The Gold of the Party" ("Zoloto Partii," in Russian). A thorough investigation of the "financial side" of the Communist Party of the USSR, including its connections with various international banks and corporations. I am almost done with...
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    FatherGiryus in the hospital

    Lord, have mercy!
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    For my wife

    Congratulations to your wife and you! Many years! Lord, have mercy on Your faithful servant Scamandrius's wife!
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    Need help translating "Imperial Acclamations"

    Actually, Greeks pronounce αι as "e" (like in "soufflé"), and ου as "oo" (like in "taboo"). "Aftokratoroos to Romeon, ke ep'akooson imon." I am not Greek either, but I communicate with real Greeks every once in a while, and that's what they say. :)
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    Silent starry nights of loneliness

    Hiwot, I am sorry. I am just deaf to modern poetry in English. It does not reach me at all. I was brought up on a completely different poetic tradition. As for the cross, I agree that mine is lighter than the one many other people bear, - but I have to say that only I am a judge of how heavy my...
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    Silent starry nights of loneliness

    Loneliness, loneliness Deep in my heart Deep in my soul I am so lonely I look at the starry sky I contemplate on the endlessness of winter in my lonely soul And tears roll down my frozen cheeks But then I recall That I haven't yet graded A Microbiology quiz Due tomorrow for three laboratory...
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    St. Origen

    Interesting. If he (Clement) means that Christ did not have need in food before His resurrection, then he is certainly not Orthodox. That thought did not even enter my mind when I read the quote you provided...
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