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    Everyone is usually blathering on about the God-instituted monarchy

    Wait a minute.  Everyone is usually blathering on about the God-instituted monarchy and how they get that little tingly feeling every time the monarchy is mentioned in the liturgy but when the monarchy does something they don't like....they're all crypto Republicans! 
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    Happy New Year!

    З старим новим роком!  Со старым новым годом!  Happy Old New Year! 
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    Forum Bots

    I don't know so much about this topic, so maybe others here could enlighten me: Is it possible to create a bot that would parse people's posts line by line and respond to them with what appears to be wikipeadia articles that are only vaguely related to the original topic?  To mix it up a bit...
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    Since the chat function is down from the top toolbar, I wanted to point out that you can still access the OC.net chatroom by going to this url: http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/chat/ It seems like most evenings a few of us (Pan username!, Nebelpfade and I) congregate there and are...
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    International Women's Day

    Congratulations on the holiday and a happy International Women's Day to all of the ladies of OC.net  :) A bit of history about the holiday: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Women%27s_Day
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    Converts and fake accents

    This is continued from this thread: http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php/topic,19383.msg298958.html#msg298958 To be fair, if one is constantly speaking with non-native speakers of English in English it is not entirely uncommon to speak more slowly, use simpler vocabulary and...
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    English in Europe

    This article caught my attention: http://www.economist.com/opinion/displaystory.cfm?story_id=13103967
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    One for the linguist geeks out there

    This caught my attention on BBC: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7911645.stm Some of the oldest words in English have been identified, scientists say. Reading University researchers claim "I", "we", "two" and "three" are among the most ancient, dating back tens of thousands of years.
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    Идиом в тексте ДДТ

    Сейчас я слушаю песню ДДТ "Это всё" и не понимаю идиом "Жизнь не сахар, а нам смерть не чай".  Конечно понимаю "жизнь не сахар", но здесь что значит "чай" ? 
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    Altar Calls for Atheism

    So, when is GiC doing his altar call?  The link describes Dawkins' latest publicity stunt http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jan/06/religion-atheist-bus-campaign-national A £140,000 advertising campaign aimed at persuading more people to "come out" as atheists was launched today with a...
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    Chalcedon settled - the old fashioned way

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7357496.stm Israeli police had to break up a fist fight that erupted between Greek and Armenian Orthodox clergymen at one of Christianity's holiest sites. The scuffles broke out at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem on Orthodox Palm Sunday...
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    Orthodox / Catholic wedding

    Just a hypothetical question to throw out there.... and I'd also greatly value the input from out resident Catholic posters as to the answer of this from the RC perspective: How does a wedding work when one person is Orthodox and the other Catholic?  Is it possible to do a single ceremony...
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    Yeah, if only we could aspire to traditional African morality ::)
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    Archbbishop Christodoulos dies

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7212502.stm The head of the Greek Orthodox Church, Archbishop Christodoulos, has died, aged 69, after suffering from cancer. An attempted liver transplant in Florida last year was unsuccessful, and the archbishop had grown steadily weaker at his home in recent...
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    Bishop's crown stolen

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7212442.stm A thief has broken into a car in Texas and stolen a valuable crown and other items belonging to a visiting Greek Orthodox bishop from Colorado. Metropolitan Isaiah, an ex-US marine who served in the Korean War, was dining with others at a...
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    Schism & Evolution of Dogma: Political and Cultural Considerations...

    Split from:  http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php/topic,12957.0.html -- Friul Au contraire, I'm the only one on topic.  To exclude political and cultural considerations from any discussion about ecclesiastical schisms is absurd.  They are certainly far more relevant than the...
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    Happy 2008

    Hopefully everybody has a nice 2008! For a recap of 2007...
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    Blair joins the RCC

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7157409.stm Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has left the Anglican Church to become a Roman Catholic. His wife and children are already Catholic and there had been speculation he would convert after leaving office. Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor, who led the...
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    Relic stealing to the next level

    I saw this odd story on the BBC: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7142920.stm Police in southern India are hunting for two men who attacked a Hindu holy man, cut off his right leg and then made off with it. The 80-year-old holy man, Yanadi Kondaiah, claimed to have healing powers in the...
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    Liberalism in Orthodoxy

    Continued from another thread: I think one of the main reasons why more liberal movements aren't as widespread in Orthodoxy is the history of the societies in which various Churches found themselves.  Because of how the industrialization of France occurred, the emergence of a leftist clerical...