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  1. CRCulver

    Russian students targeted as recruits by Islamic State

    As I said in another thread, young men like adventure and feeling like they are a part of a great cause. As different as the two movements might be, these young men going off to Syria are following the same yearning which drew so many young people from North American and Europe to fight in the...
  2. CRCulver

    Propagating Russian Orthodox faith in Japan

    I have personal experience with those Russian parishes in India (I assume you mean the Delhi one) and China, and I am aware of how the Pakistan one functions. They are only open to foreigners, up to checking passports when one tries to get in. They do not evangelize the local community, and even...
  3. CRCulver

    From Chattanooga Homeschooler To ISIS Bride

    I must admit that I’m not at all surprised or shocked about Western women running away to become ISIS brides. After all, there is a long history of young men suddenly deciding that they wanted to join some utopian state caught up in violent political struggle. In the last century, the...
  4. CRCulver

    What is so great about Greece?

    I'm aghast at this teaching from St. Kosmas Aitolos: Needless to say, this is not the teaching of the Orthodox Church and yet another example that the saints were fallible men too.
  5. CRCulver

    Orthodoxy in China & the Chinese Autonomous Orthodox Church

    Such clandestine activities is not as vigorous as you like to pretend. Maybe there is some secret ministering, and that's good. But I've heard complaints from locals that they were utterly ignored by this embassy church system, with officials of the Russian Church telling them that their church...
  6. CRCulver

    singles?

    When I moved to an Orthodox country, I thought all my dating problems would be solved. Unfortunately, though there is an abundance of young single female devout Orthodox, in my experience they go rather too far to the opposite extreme. You meet a girl and then are aghast to find that she...
  7. CRCulver

    Orthodoxy in China & the Chinese Autonomous Orthodox Church

    And having mostly given up on evangelizing the Chinese, and allowing only foreign passport holders to visit their parish in Beijing, the Russian Church is hardly carrying out that responsibility.
  8. CRCulver

    Angels recorded singing on Mt. Athos

    What's next, Ioannis Climacus, sharing with us that story about the microphone lowered into a deep mine shaft that picked up the sounds of hell?  ::)
  9. CRCulver

    More of the Same Old Jew Bashing

    In a sense, that that has already been done inasmuch as Russians of Jewish ancestry but having much greater interest in Christianity have been immigrating to the land for several decades now. Your comment is puzzling, though. Do you believe Russia in the long run and outside Israel will be a...
  10. CRCulver

    More of the Same Old Jew Bashing

    Who cares? The policy is still better for the spread of Orthodoxy than the situation in the surrounding countries. Stop thinking of secular notions of fairness and think about how good things are going for Orthodox Christians in Israel. Are the actions of the minority of observant Jews in...
  11. CRCulver

    More of the Same Old Jew Bashing

    Where do you draw the line then? You think they were only living "throughout Europe and America"? What about all of the North African Jews who were violently booted out of their homeland when Israel was established. You think they and their descendants can just go back? There's a problem with...
  12. CRCulver

    More of the Same Old Jew Bashing

    Probably worse? The creation of the State of Israel saw millions fewer deaths than the German invasion of Poland. There are plenty of Russian Orthodox who have moved there and more are coming as we speak. While they point to some Jewish ancestry, being observant Christians doesn't stop them...
  13. CRCulver

    More of the Same Old Jew Bashing

    Israel is not home for most of the Palestinians, born wherever their ancestors ended up. You might say it's home on the basis of ancestry, but that's the same argument many Jews would make. Israel is the country of origin for many of its present inhabitants.
  14. CRCulver

    More of the Same Old Jew Bashing

    If forcible displacement bothers you so much, then you would be going against a great deal of Christian state policy through the ages as well. You have to consider the effects of this forcible displacement -- namely, it has been good for the Church -- not just dismiss it out of hand as illicit...
  15. CRCulver

    More of the Same Old Jew Bashing

    You have yet to provide evidence that all whom you ascribe to a Jewish conspiracy preserve any specific elements of their cultural upbringing. How do you know that they don't only preserve the ethnic moniker and think negatively about some parts of Jewish traditional culture? I suspect you're...
  16. CRCulver

    More of the Same Old Jew Bashing

    What genocide? Populations are rising on all sides in that part of the world. Orthonorm, do you care about building new parishes and sharing the Gospel, or do you only care about leftist slogans about "human rights" that in effect deny people an encounter with Christ's Church?
  17. CRCulver

    More of the Same Old Jew Bashing

    The indigenous Christian community was shrinking and persecuted well before the existence of Zionism. And it is the Arab Christians who wound up within Israel who can openly evangelize, not those in the Palestinian Territories. While the Orthodox should be wary of American Evangelicals'...
  18. CRCulver

    More of the Same Old Jew Bashing

    What do you think Palestinians born in the West Bank would do to the people born in Israel if the state of Israel suddenly ceased to exist? Do you think that they would suddenly lovingly embrace the people living there when they took control of the land?
  19. CRCulver

    More of the Same Old Jew Bashing

    Is it a sin to maintain a different culture than the majority of the country? Tell that to all of the Roma who remain in good standing with the Orthodox Church. And I guess all of those little ethnic enclaves in my neck of the woods -- the Banat Bulgarians, the Gagauz, the Transylvanian Saxons...
  20. CRCulver

    More of the Same Old Jew Bashing

    The growth of Russian Orthodoxy in Israel is mainly found along the Mediterranean coast. That's been part of Israel since 1948, and even if one disagrees about whether the creation of Israel should have happened, what's done there is done. If you are attempting to portray any supporter of the...
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