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Dumnezeu cel mai mult iubește copiii. Pesemne că cel mai potrivit nume a Lui nu este Dumnezo, YHWH, Iehova, Adonai, Elohim, Pantocratorul ci Abba! Tăticul, tata nostru! Singura rugăciune ce i-a învățat Iisus pe uceinici începea așa: -Tatăl nostru

Nu-i bai că nu ne facem șezătoare să buchisim Scriptura (doară e treaba popii: să ne lălăie din Mineu și să ne dea pită!), Dumnezeu ne plimbă viața, ca un mare scenarist ce e, din Geneza până-n Apocalips. Ne naștem în curu-gol precum Adam, necopți și netoți suntem fermecați de-o Eva, uitând de cele sfinte…Conștientizăm ca indivizi/popor ales, că avem o leje, un Dumnezo, că hălăduim orbecăiți prin deșert, că avem războaiele noastre sfinte întru instaurarea Regatului lui Dumnezo pe glia noastră; avem eroi și trădători, profeți boschetari și Balaamii, minuni ce țin trei zile, chef și manele, viței de haur, și urmează tăcerea! Ce dracu-am făcut? Am asurzit noi…

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Sectanții lui ”Siberia” – de ce ne interesează?

Iata aici si gindurile lui Marius la lansarea cartii/cartilor lui Vasile Ernu la Oradea (sincer sa fiu, imi cam pierdusem nadejdea ca asa ceva se va mai intimpla; noroc de Otniel Veres – multumiri!)

Marius Cruceru

Siberia este porecla lui Vasile Ernu. Este o poreclă știută și folosită doar între prietenii apropiați în vremea Iașiului din 1990-1993, pe vremea Comitetului Central.

L-am cunoscut pe Vasile prin 1990-1991. Sîntem de aceeași vîrstă. El este cu doar trei zile mai tînăr. Ne-am întîlnit prima dată la un curs de greacă platonică informal, apoi în garsoniera lui Dănuț, care funcționa tot ca un fel de bibliotecă publică informală. Datoria lui era filozofia, a mea era morfologia și sintaxa. Apoi am format un grup de studiu biblic, care a rezultat într-o tabără la Voroneț. Bune amintiri.

Vasile venea de aproape, din Republică, din Moldova, dar de departe totuși. Vorbitor de rusă, cu puternic accent moldovenesc, era o combinație care stîrnea curiozitatea, nu numai prin accentul lingvistic, ci mai ales prin accentele diferite de ale noastre, puse pe problematica discutată. Pentru cei care se întreabă asupra autenticității lumii din carte pot…

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Doi prieteni vechi se întîlnesc după aproape 20 de ani la Oradea : Vasile Ernu

Source: Doi prieteni vechi se întîlnesc după aproape 20 de ani la Oradea : Vasile Ernu

Vasile Ernu, despre vremuri de mult apuse – acum vreo 25 de ani, u ocazia lansarii Marginalilor la Oradea.

“Comitetul Central” (P)

Nu cred ca am reblogat acest text al lui Marius, dspre vremuri frumoase, dar trecute de mult. sa ne fie de amintire si incurajare. Poate vom relua aceste tardelasuri in vesnicie, ca aici drumurile ni s-au cam despartit. Asa e viata. It always takes two for a dance. Unless one is a dervish. 🙂

Marius Cruceru

“Comitetul Central”, aşa îi spuneam. Au fost vremuri aşa de frumoase…. Era imediat după … 1989, că nu ştiu cum să îi mai spun… (Rebeliuţie?), în anii 90, 91, 92, 93. Încă mai aveam reflexele “comitetul central”, “congresul al XII-lea”, “cînd o face plopu pere şi richita micşunele… ”

Această fotografie este făcută undeva prin 1993. Îi mulţumesc lui Dănuţ că a scos-o de prin sertarele lui.

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Lara Setrakian – 3 Ways to Fix A Broken News Industry

We live in a time when fake news proliferate. It is called the ‘post-truth age’.

In this TED talk, Lara Satrakian, a journalist dedicated to ‘building innovative news platforms that stand ready to engage and explain the complexity of our world’ suggests three way to fix the broken media industry. Here they are:

Idea number one: we need news that’s built on deep-domain knowledge. Given the waves and waves of layoffs at newsrooms across the country, we’ve lost the art of specialization. Beat reporting is an endangered thing. When it comes to foreign news, the way we can fix that is by working with more local journalists, treating them like our partners and collaborators, not just fixers who fetch us phone numbers and sound bites.Read More »

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Despre sistemul teologic de învățământ din România- gândurile unui fost student

Liviu Horvath isi povstesste aici aventurile lui teologale, care l-au condus, in cele din urma, in spatiul uneia dintre traditiile eclesiale istorice. Impartaseesc multe dintre experientee lui Liviu, care, alaturi de propriile mele cautari teologice m-au condus la anglicanism (desigur, o traditie eclesiala nu lipsita de propriile ei probleme, eufemistic vorbind).

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Am început să buchisesc teologie de vreo 15-16 ani. Am început cu Scriptura care mi s-a părut o carte scrisă într-o limbă stăină, chiar dacă citeam o traducere modernă a ei. Aveam nevoie de un tălmaci. Întâmplător, nu providențial, am poposit aproximativ 10 ani într-o parohie evanghelică, penticostală, de la țară. Îmi aduc aminte că mă găseam acolo aidoma unui român în Ținutul Secuiesc, biet om în țara ta și habar n-ai ce naiba vorovesc oamenii acolo. Retrospectiv îmi dau seama că acea comunitate de credință nu m-a ajutat să-mi fundamentez o hermeneutică de bun simț asupra Scripturii. Erau o mână de oamenii care erau interesați de studiu biblic, istorie și toate cele, însă erau sufocați și neîncurajați de majoritatea, care pledau pentru o teologie popululară, un fel de misticism împământit în subiectivism, clădit pe nisipuri mișcătoare. Pot spune că această perioadă am rătăcit prin deșert având la dispoziție doar această hermeneutică de…

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Political Nestorianism and the Politics of Theosis

This is a daring text, speaking prophetically into a major problem of Orthodoxy, and, I would dare say, also of ther church traditions in the former communist world.
I wonder, when are we going to see such consistent debates, say, in Romanian Orthodoxy. Thanks, Professor Papanikolaou.

Public Orthodoxy

by Aristotle Papanikolaou

This essay was originally delivered as a public talk at the June 2015 Fordham/OTSA conference on the upcoming Great and Holy Council of the Orthodox Church. It was part of a panel on “The Contribution of the Orthodox Church to the Realization of Justice, Freedom, Brotherhood, and Love among Peoples.”

In addressing how the Orthodox Churches in a pan-Orthodox voice and in pan-Orthodox action realize justice, freedom, brotherhood and love among peoples, what I would like to suggest is that the Orthodox churches will not contribute to such a realization until they abandon what I would call political Nestorianism.  As we all know, the sin of Nestorianism is the continuation of an Arian-like dualistic logic that could not conceive of the union between the fullness of divinity and the fullness of humanity. As a result, God and the world are stuck in a dualistic, over-and-againstness, which has implications for…

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Middle East Immersion: Learn. Serve. Experience the Middle East!

Originally posted on The Institute of Middle East Studies:
What is the Middle East Immersion? The Middle East Immersion (MEI) is a six-week intensive practicum designed for students from beyond the region wanting to experience firsthand the opportunities and challenges of Christian service in the Middle East. Under the mentorship of respected scholars and experienced practitioners,…

Un sfârșit al modernității

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”Pretutindeni se constituie moduri de a exista care derivă numai din empiric. De aici se ridică însă întrebarea dacă o viață astfel construită este posibilă pe termen lung. Are ea oare conținutul de idei de care are nevoie pentru a putea rămâne o viață de om? Mai mult, poate ea oare să împlinească fie și numai scopurile care sunt totdeauna de împlinit?

Oare rânduielile nu-și pierd puterea dacă sunt luate numai în existența lor empirică? Statul are nevoie, de pildă, de jurământ. Este forma cea mai îndatoritoare în care omul face o declarație sau se obligă la o faptă. Asta se întâmplă când cel ce jură își raportează declarația în mod expres și solemn la Dumnezeu. Dacă însă – și spre asta merge totuși tendința modernă – jurământul nu mai conține această raportare la Dumnezeu? Atunci el este numai declarația celui ce jură că ia la cunoștință faptul că…

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Scot McKnight – Why Be Anglican: The Collects

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Dr. McKnight continues his efforts of explaining why has he joined Anglicanism. As many friends are asking me the same question, I have decided to share here Professor McKnight’s responses. I will not be able to do it better than him, anyway. So, here is a new epidoee in this series. Today, about the Collects.

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The collects of the church reveal the church’s practices and beliefs about prayer; a collect is a set prayer for a set time in the church calendar.

In them we see the church’s theology of prayer come to expression. I posted about the collects here and included a reference to a fine book “collecting” the collects: C. Frederick Barbee and Paul F.M. Zahl,The Collects of Thomas Cranmer.

There are five basic elements of a collect, and each of these expresses the Christian theology of prayer:

1. Address to God
2. Naming a context in which God has been active and therefore why God can be addressed now.
3. The petition.
4. Hoped for outcome.
5. Shaping the prayer in a Trinitarian context.Read More »

Andrew Postman – My Dad Predicted Trump in 1985 – It’s not Orwell, He Warned, It’s Brave New World

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Neil Postman’s son, Andrew, writes for The Guardian, an article in which he suggests that, given the mess in which our world is, in the age of Trump and post-truth, we could get more insight about it from his father’s book Amusing Ourselves to Death, than from Orwell’s book 1984, as it was intensely (and effectively – as proven by the sudden increase in the sales of this book) suggested lately.

I share here a few excerpts of this brilliant article, in the hope this will motivate you to read it in its entirety.

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The central argument of Amusing Ourselves is simple: there were two landmark dystopian novels written by brilliant British cultural critics – Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell – and we Americans had mistakenly feared and obsessed over the vision portrayed in the latter book (an information-censoring, movement-restricting, individuality-emaciating state) rather than the former (a technology-sedating, consumption-engorging, instant-gratifying bubble).

“We were keeping our eye on 1984,” my father wrote. “When the year came and the prophecy didn’t, thoughtful Americans sang softly in praise of themselves. The roots of liberal democracy had held. Wherever else the terror had happened, we, at least, had not been visited by Orwellian nightmares.”

Unfortunately, there remained a vision we Americans did need to guard against, one that was percolating right then, in the 1980s. The president was a former actor and polished communicator. Our political discourse (if you could call it that) was day by day diminished to soundbites (“Where’s the beef?” and “I’m paying for this microphone” became two “gotcha” moments, apparently testifying to the speaker’s political formidableness).Read More »

Phileena Heuertz – Active Contemplation in Response to Socio-polticial Upheaval

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My dear friend Phileena Heuertz has just published on the website of her organisation, Gravity Center, a reflection on the way in which a comptemplative stance could help Christians in the US (and I would say, anywhere in the world) get some perspective ‘from above’ on the messy world in which we live.

Here is summary of her suggestions, which she gathers under the acronym ACTION:

Be (A)lert.

Be (C)ourageous.

Be (T)houghtful.

Be (I)nquisitive.

Be (O)pen.

Be (N)ourishing.

Rear HERE the entire text.

Taxi – Avem alergie

Iata, au inceput sa apara si cintecele legate de protestele actuale. E semn bun.

World Vision – A Prayer for Refugees

World Vision has just made public this little clip containing a prayer for the Middle East uttered by my friend and former colleague Dr . Chawkat Moucarry, a Syrian Christian born in Aleppo.

Lord, hear our prayers!

Pro-Life Means Pro-Social Justice

indeedd, yet, for a strange reason this is not obvious for most people on the right politically, or religiously

Public Orthodoxy

by Fr. James Martin, SJ

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I am pro-life.

That means that I’m also pro-social justice.

That means that I am not only for the dignity of the human being from the moment of conception, but also for the dignity of the human being until the natural end of life. For life does not end with birth. A person who is truly pro-life is pro-all life, pro-every stage of life, pro-every stage of life for every person. For all life is sacred, because all life is created by God.

That means that I support anything that helps a person live a full, healthy and satisfying life, in every part of the world. So I am for care for the poor, for a living wage, for affordable health care, for adequate housing, for a humane work environment, for equal pay for women, for generous child care, for the support of the aged…

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A Wakeup Call for People of Faith in the Twenty-First Century

Martin Accad – a call to Christians living in the present messed up world

The Institute of Middle East Studies

By Martin Accad

Judging from the opening seventeen years of this new millennium, I expect the twenty-first century to be one of major social and political transition. We have entered an age where world religions are having a key role in the rise of global conflicts, and in which therefore people of all faiths will have to play a key role as peacemakers. If we do not rise to this unprecedented challenge in the most robust ways, we will have failed in our most fundamental divine calling to be agents of God’s reconciliation and transformation in the world.

In the years 2015 and 2016, we witnessed a degradation of fundamental values of human decency at a global scale, which many would say they have never seen before. The rise of ISIS in the summer of 2014 triggered a global reaction that must have stunned most people, except perhaps the leadership…

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Nu. Nicidecum nu se mai poate asa.

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Am scris asta acum trei ore – am vrut sa o postez de dimineata…

Si daca castigati?

Daca chiar reusiti sa convingeti nu numai o parte a parintilor, rudelor si cunostintelor noastre care au devenit dependente de emisiunile dumneavoastra, ci majoritatea lor? Daca o sa creada mai toti ca intr-adevar orice argumente impotriva dumneavoastra sunt asa cum v-am auzit spunand repetat: argumente impotriva libertatii, fabricate de securisti si cu motivatii fasciste?

Daca reusiti sa ne faceti sa uitam ca in fapt nu sunteti liberi, ci chiar din contra, sunteti cam dependenti de niste slujbe murdare dar bine platite ale unor televiziuni controlate de un securist dovedit, care este in puscarie pentru acte de coruptie si a unui fugar mafiot?

Daca nu o sa mai vedem manipularea oribila pe care o faceti seara de seara intr-un mod din ce in ce mai profesionist si o sa va credem minciunile complexe construite…

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Scot McKnight -Why Be Anglican: Prayers of the People

No question about it, but in many churches there is not a designated time for the people to pray. Some churches are just too big for that, and even too big for a pastoral prayer. Others are so focused on the sermon that there is not time left for what we Anglicans call the “prayers of the people.”

In our liturgy, every Sunday, we have a time where we are led by a lay person in prayer. It’s called “intercession” or “intercessory prayers” when we pray for others, and when we do it in public it needs to be the sort of intercession that belongs in public. As a seminary student I had one professor whose opening prayers were of such significance that I wish they had gone into print, which of course they didn’t because they were not scripted prayers, but also because Murray Harris knew his class-opening prayers were so tied to that class, on that day, in that time in history that they weren’t relevant to others in different places and times.

Evidently Sam Wells, formerly chaplain, dean and professor at Duke and now Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields church in Trafalgar Square, offered memorable prayers in chapel at Duke, so much so that folks began to gather them up and now we have in Shaping the Prayers of the People: The Art of Intercession, by Samuel Wells and Abigail Kocher, a fine study and collection of intercessory prayers.

Question for you who offer intercessions in public: How much time do you spend preparing? What do you think are the ingredients of good public intercessory prayers? And, pastors, do you offer a Pastoral Prayer in your public worship?

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Should Middle East Religious-Minority Refugees Be Prioritized?

Public Orthodoxy

by Samuel Tadros

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President Trump’s executive order on refugees has been widely, and rightly, criticized on policy and moral grounds. But while criticism of the executive order is indeed proper and necessary, one aspect of the new policy, namely the prioritization of claims of religious persecution by religious minorities in refugee applications, which has received wide criticism, should in fact be hardly controversial. Critics of the measure have rejected it on both moral grounds—it discriminates based on one’s faith, as well as on practical ones—the perception of such bias towards Christians by the United States would impact the US negatively and may harm those very same Christian communities in the region, who will be viewed as Western agents. These concerns are of course hardly new. Opposition to such policies has been constantly expressed in the past by the Patriarchs and clergy of these communities who fear that an open door…

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Francis Schaeffer – 100 de ani de la naștere

ASta era acm 5 ani. Sper sa gasesc vreme cindva sa scriu mai pe indelete desspre impactul pe care l-a avut asupra mea acest mare om al lui Dunezeu, dar si despre ‘despartirea de Schaeffer’, ca sa citez un titlu celebru din literatura eseistica romaneasca.

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În istoria evanghelicilor americani, Francis August Schaeffer rămîne una dintre cele mai influente figuri publice în perioada dintre anii ’40 și anii ’80. În 1960, revista Time îl numea “misionar pentru intelectuali”. Nu a deținut vreun post academic, Schaeffer fiind însă celebru pentru conferințele și cărțile lui, influențînd gîndirea multora, precum Chuck Colson, Nancy Pearcey, Cal Thomas, Ron Sider, Harold O. J. Brown, Os Guinness, Thomas Morris, Clark Pinnock, Mark Noll, Doug Groothuis, Jim Sire, Ronald Wells.

Unul dintre cei mai importanți apologeți ai secolului XX, cum îl numește Albert Mohler, Schaeffer a avut un mesaj a cărui greutate nu a fost înțeleasă niciodată pe deplin de majoritatea evanghelicilor, după cum menționează Chuck Colson, în Cuvînt înainte la cartea lui Schaeffer, aopărută în românește în 2008 la editura Imago Dei, Adevărata spiritualitate (traducere: Eugen Budea, editare: Lucian Ciupe):

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A Post Human Rights World?

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More Enigma Than Dogma

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With an increasing number of states seemingly reluctant to honour human rights treaties, Imogen Foulkes of BBC News, Geneva asks “is there a future for this type of international agreement?”

We stand today at the threshold of a great event both in the life of the UN, and in the life of mankind.

“With these words, Eleanor Roosevelt presented the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to the United Nations. It was 1948 and UN member states, determined to prevent a repeat of the horrors of World War Two, were filled with idealism and aspiration.”

[Most of what follows is from Ms. Foulkes’ article]

“The universal declaration promised (among other things) the right to life, the right not to be tortured, and the right to seek asylum from persecution. The declaration was followed just one year later by the adoption of the Geneva Conventions, designed to protect civilians…

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Printre rânduri

Dyo face aici un remarcabil exercitiu hermeneutic. Sau, mai degraba, o pledoarie pentru hermeneutica.
Un text care merita citit, recitit si rumegat.
Multumesc, Dyo.

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A citi este, în același timp, prilej de apropiere și de îndepărtare a cititorului de autorul textului în speță. E o apropiere de gândurile sale, de vise și de iluzii; e îndepărtare de timbrul vocii sale, de tonul ei, de nuanțele rostirii. Nu e același lucru să îl citesc, de pildă, pe Pleșu sau să îl aud lecturându-și scrierile. Citindu-l, mă pierd între atâtea posibilități de a reașeza idei, sunt aproape de propriul său bricolaj de sensuri și deveniri. Auzind-i vocea fermă, totuși liniștită, simt cum toate acele sensuri sunt respirate, pentru ca apoi să se supună ritmurilor bătăilor inimii sale.

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Totuși, aceste lucruri nu sunt chiar atât de judicios separate în experiența contactului cu un mesaj venite de departe – în timp, mai degrabă decât în spațiu – precum am putea crede. Căci citim printre rânduri și ascultăm rostogolirile cuvintelor printre replici. În absența unor indicații despre…

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Torture is a Crime — and a Moral Outrage

Public Orthodoxy

by George Hunsinger

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U.S. torture is back in the news. Loopholes left behind by President Obama are about to be exploited by his successor. Consider the following items:

  • Despite Obama’s promises, the camp at Guantanamo Bay — perhaps the most glaring symbol of U.S. torture — was not closed. Our erstwhile president, notorious for half-measures, blamed his failure to fulfill his promises on others. The incoming administration, on the other hand, regards Guantanamo as an asset.
  • Obama’s several executive orders designed to block U.S. torture will now, to a significant degree, be overridden and reversed, showing (as should always have been plain) that executive orders are not enough.
  • Under Obama, the U.S. extraordinary rendition of prisoners to countries that torture by proxy was discontinued. Under Trump, it threatens to be revived, perhaps clandestinely (at first).
  • Appendix M in the Army Field Manual — always under-reported — left the door ajar…

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Scot McKnight -Why Be Anglican: Lectionary

I am doing a series on the blog about why I became Anglican, and thefirst week I looked at the church calendar and last week at worship, and this week I want to dip into “worship,” by which I mean Sunday morning worship service. (I do not equate worship with Sunday morning worship, but Sunday morning worship is worship.) This week I look at the Lectionary.

I’m not a historian of the lectionary, and it is common property to a wide range of churches and that is why today it is called “The Revised Common Lectionary” and it is available online here.

In essence, the RCL is a 3-year cycle of Bible readings for Sunday worship (and daily readings as well). The lectionary is built on the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, with John weaved in over the three years. The Bible readings in a lectionary-based worship service are ordered into an Old Testament lesson, a reading from the Psalms, a reading from an Epistle, and then “The Gospel.”  As the church calendar is rooted in the life of Jesus (see the image above), so the lectionary readings from the Bible aim at the Gospel reading and prepare for it and enhance it. This squares the church on the Gospels as the gospel.

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Păsăreasca culturii

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Deși s-ar vrea o expresie a celor mai înalte sau profunde idealuri și aspirații ale sufletului omenesc, un fel de manifestare care trece dincolo de orice diferențe și ajunge la lucrurile esențiale ale ființei, nu știu cum se face că o anumită fracție din cultura înaltă ajunge să se închidă în propriile ei limbaje.

N-are rost să facem acum cine știe ce incursiuni savante prin istoria și definițiile culturii. Vă propun un exercițiu mult mai simplu. E foarte posibil că vi s-a întâmplat măcar o dată în viață să rămâneți profund marcat(ă) de un film serios, de o carte bună, de un concert clasic de calitate, de o piesă de teatru după un dramaturg celebru, de un tablou, de un cântec bine compus, de o sculptură, de o catedrală, de rafinamentul unei demonstrații filosofice etc.

Se cheamă că, măcar pentru…

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Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement

Note: THis is about what the Orthodox could learn from a Baptist preacher. And, of course, not just any Baptist.

Public Orthodoxy

by Albert J. Raboteau

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Martin Luther King, Jr., was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1929, the son of Alberta Williams King and Martin Luther King, Sr., pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church. King’s childhood was happy and secure, though all too early he was made aware of the hurts inflicted by racism. Like his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, he entered the ministry, and throughout the years of his leadership in the civil rights movement, he remained a preacher, regularly occupying the pulpit for Sunday worship, and drawing upon the black church tradition in which he was formed for both the style and content of the political speeches he delivered at demonstrations and appearances in the public square. Courses in philosophy, ethics, and theology at Morehouse College, Crozer Theological Seminary, and Boston University provided King with the opportunity to develop an intellectual framework for systematic analysis of the relationship between Christianity and society…

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‘Like a jail without bars’: what it’s like working in China with women refugees from North Korea

Hwa-Young* works in China with women who fled North Korea or were abducted by people traffickers and taken across the border. Many of the women are tempted to leave behind a miserable life when they are told there are jobs waiting for them in China. But often they are sold on to brothels or into marriages with poor Chinese Korean men.

Source: ‘Like a jail without bars’: what it’s like working in China with women refugees from North Korea

Please rememer this in your prayers.

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Reflections on the Humanitarian Crisis in Syria (Part 2)

Second part of this series of reflections.

The Institute of Middle East Studies

By Rupen Das

This week and last week’s posts are basedon a plenary presentation made at the ACCORD Annual meeting in North Carolina on Oct. 25, 2016 by Rupen Das to the 70+ Christian US relief and development member NGOs. Presented in two parts,Dr. Das previously described two observations regarding the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Syria, exploring the contemporary state of the conflict as well as the conflict’s overwhelming complexity and the manner by which it has been fought simultaneously on three different fronts – via the military, the media, and the humanitarian sector.

I was asked to share my perspective on the Syrian conflict and the humanitarian crisis and where I see it going. There are times in history when because of the horrors of the events, the international community is forced to take stock. With the Syrian crisis, I sense we are approaching another such time, when we will need…

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‘90,000 Christian martyrs annually’ claim disputed

Global charity Open Doors has disputed the way in which statistics on Christian “martyrs” are collected, arguing that an annual figure of 90,000, recently reported widely, is significantly higher than the accurately verifiable number.

Source: ‘90,000 Christian martyrs annually’ claim disputed

Open Dooes is calling us all to decency and respect for Truth, even, oe especially on such painful subjects andd Christian martyrdom..

Scot McKnight – Why Be Anglican: Worship

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I am doing a series on the blog about why I became Anglican, and last week I looked at the church calendar, and this week I want to dip into “worship,” by which I mean Sunday morning worship service. (I do not equate worship with Sunday morning worship, but Sunday morning worship is worship.)

If the church calendar shapes the church themes, the church liturgy for Holy Eucharist is shaped by a customary set of elements of the worship service. Each of these is needed, each is integrated into the other, and each is formative for Christian discipleship. To repeat from last week’s blog post, I don’t idealize or idolize Anglican worship, but I believe it is a mature, wise, and deeply theological tradition at work.

I have taken for my text this morning last week’s worship guide, or bulletin. Here are the elements of our worship and eucharist celebration: processional hymn, a call to worship, the Word of God, the proclamation of the Word of God, the Nicene Creed, prayers of the people, confession of sin, passing the peace, and then we move into Eucharist beginning with an offering, doxology, the great thanksgiving, breaking of bread, a prayer of thanksgiving and we close with a blessing.Read More »