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  1. xOrthodox4Christx

    Most popular secular criticisms of EO?

    I agree. I felt the same as an atheist. Religion aside, it's still quite aesthetically appealing.
  2. xOrthodox4Christx

    Most popular secular criticisms of EO?

    I hear this more levied by Roman Catholics actually... by far.
  3. xOrthodox4Christx

    Most popular secular criticisms of EO?

    I think that would be basically it. Our Church-State relationship, homosexuality as sin, abortion, women not able to become priests. One criticism I had of Orthodoxy was that it's God is too good and nice, basically the problem of evil, when I was an atheist. One other criticism, perhaps the...
  4. xOrthodox4Christx

    The "Arabic" Canons of Nicaea being pro-Papist?

    Although the Church is starting to act against them, there are still Western Rite parishes in our communion.
  5. xOrthodox4Christx

    Help with the sin of masturbation...

    Lord have mercy. I have the same problem. The advice I would give is that you need to look at women as human beings, first and foremost. Also, that you should look for a partner. Masturbation takes away and cheapens the sexual drive of males to look for, court and keep a mate. So, you're...
  6. xOrthodox4Christx

    The "Arabic" Canons of Nicaea being pro-Papist?

    Why? Because I was spiteful, resentful and egoistic. Same reason why I was a communist. Yeah, I mean again, it's all subjective. But I think subjective truths are just as important as objective truths. But, I mean, they are distinct and have to be approached in different ways. As of right now...
  7. xOrthodox4Christx

    The "Arabic" Canons of Nicaea being pro-Papist?

    The opposite with me. I found almost no spirituality in the Roman Catholic Church I attended, albeit briefly. But I am always cognizant of God at an Orthodox liturgy, and I'm always moved. And lastly, there's been a couple unexplained experiences I've had during communion that make it hard for...
  8. xOrthodox4Christx

    The "Arabic" Canons of Nicaea being pro-Papist?

    So, I didn't find any trace of those canons either when I asked about them. I think it's just that, a forgery. I have found no evidence of such a collection of canons anywhere. Anyway, I wouldn't go on this text alone to convert to the Roman Catholic Church. There's a lot more that I would need...
  9. xOrthodox4Christx

    Changing my name to a christian name

    Why not St. John Chrysostom? The patron of Istanbul?
  10. xOrthodox4Christx

    If God is real why He won’t prevent evil ?

    I think that's a red-herring. Also, I don't see why it would be considered objectively wrong at all. Most humans and many species in the wild consider it completely fine to massacre other animals, and other human beings. I think you're interpolating and projecting Christian morality into the...
  11. xOrthodox4Christx

    Priests, Apostles, Bishops and Apostolic Succession

    Yeah. His emphasis on the importance of the Bishop, to me, is a sort of primitive formulation of what would become apostolic succession.
  12. xOrthodox4Christx

    If God is real why He won’t prevent evil ?

    Nonsense. Harm is not objectively evil, harm itself is not objective.
  13. xOrthodox4Christx

    Changing my name to a christian name

    Is that the modern spelling? It's spelt Ionnes in the Bible. Same with St. John Chrysostom.
  14. xOrthodox4Christx

    Changing my name to a christian name

    What's wrong with Emir? It's not an inherently Muslim name. It's almost an equivalent to Basil in Greek. I don't have anything against it. If you're going to change your name, why not to a Saint's name?
  15. xOrthodox4Christx

    Homosexual "married" man murders adopted daughter

    But it probably did. The incidence of child mortality, again, increases when an unmarried couple is cohabitating with children. To me, any unnatural union bears similar consequences until otherwise shown by empirical evidence. Two parents of opposite genders has the best outcomes for children...
  16. xOrthodox4Christx

    St ignatius seems reliable if he was in fact a disciple of St. John

    lol If we're going to talk about metaphysics or epistemology, we'll be here until the end of time. There's no way to prove anything happens or happened. We just accept for practical and pragmatic reasons that things exist as they are and move on. We build hypotheses to explain reality as we...
  17. xOrthodox4Christx

    St ignatius seems reliable if he was in fact a disciple of St. John

    No, I get over it. I'm not a snowflake. Let them come.
  18. xOrthodox4Christx

    St ignatius seems reliable if he was in fact a disciple of St. John

    Hyperbole, but I see nothing too supernatural here. No Christians were thrown into a Colosseum? I find that unlikely, I think that it's certainly not above what the Romans did, and it's certainly not outside the bounds of human nature. I listen to things which are hard to believe every day, yet...
  19. xOrthodox4Christx

    Priests, Apostles, Bishops and Apostolic Succession

    I would probably think that Ignatius understood intuitively that the Bishops succeeded the Apostles, but had no reason to mention it because it didn't bear on much at the time. Irenaeus started caring when there were many different groups claiming origin from the Apostles, and claiming their...
  20. xOrthodox4Christx

    St ignatius seems reliable if he was in fact a disciple of St. John

    I don't get it. Ignatius comes, Ignatius dies. Nothing too fantastical about that. It happens to people all of the time.
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