Modesty. What is it? What isn’t it?

Modesty. What is it? What isn’t it? Guest post by four-year seminarian student turned holy husband and lay theologian, AloysiusG, The conversation of modesty in our culture is a really mixed-…

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Munther Isaac. Reflections of a Palestinian Christian: How Theological Education Forms People For Ministry – A Palestinian Christian Perspective

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Munther Isaac, a Lutheran theologian in Bethlehem, that I met multiple times during my visits in the (not so) holy land, writes about the complicated and responsible task of doing theology faithfully and relevantly in the contemporary world.

A Great Man of God, Kenneth Bailey, Went to Be with the Lord

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May God rest him in peace with the saints!

Dear Friends:

It is my solemn duty to report to you that our brother and teacher, Dr. Kenneth Bailey, retired member of the presbytery, died last evening (May 23, 2016) in Grove City, surrounded by his immediate family and some close friends.  There will be so much more to say in the coming days, in so many gatherings in our common life, about Ken’s legacy in our ministries.  For now, let us hold in prayer wife Mickey, daughter Sarah, son-in-law Victor, and his extended family … even as we hold on to and hold up the good hope of the resurrection.

Details about arrangements to come later this week.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Ralph William Hawkins
Executive Presbyter/Stated Clerk
The Presbytery of Shenango

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Here are some of his books:

  • Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes (Downer’s Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2008)
  • “Open Hearts in Bethlehem (A Christmas Musical)” (Louisville: W/JK, 2005)
  • The Cross and the Prodigal [Revised edition] (Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 2005)
  • Jacob and the Prodigal: How Jesus Retold Israel’s Story (Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 2003)
  • Finding the Lost: Cultural Keys to Luke 15 (St. Louis: Concordia, 1992)
  • Poet and Peasant and Through Peasant Eyes (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, l980)
  • God Is … Dialogues on the Nature of God [Revised Edition] (Toronto: FFM, 2005)

Response to the Pre-Conciliar Document on Relations of the Orthodox Church with the Rest of the Christian World

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by Fotios Apostolos, Rev. Dr. Radu Bordeianu, Paul Ladouceur, Very Rev. Dr. Harry Linsinbigler, and Edward Siecienski

We have joyfully received the text of the Pre-Conciliar document on Relations of the Orthodox Church with the Rest of the Christian World and the invitation to comment on it, in the spirit of Orthodox conciliarity. We applaud it for its bold statements, which include: defining the goal of dialogue as the complete restoration of unity in true faith and love (12), recognizing that not all differences are equal and the existence of a certain “hierarchy of challenges” (12), referring to other Christian communities as “Churches” (6, 16, 20), the censure of those who would break the unity of the Church under the pretext of defending Orthodoxy (22), and the continued participation of all Orthodox Churches in the Ecumenical Movement (7) consistent with the apostolic faith and our tradition…

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Michelle van Loon on the ‘Commercial Liturgies’ of Mega (or Micro)Churches

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The ‘made in America’ sickening disease of rock-concert-type church services and commercialised ‘liturgies’ spread like wild fire all over the world, including Romania. I would like to believe that most of the time this is done in good (be it misguided) faith, though I am not so sure.

Michelle Van Loon, from Northern Seminary, wrote an excellent reflection about this on the Patheos web platform. Here it is, for your consideration.Read More »

Parker J Palmer – Does My Life Have Meaning?

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Parker wrote today on his Facebook wall:

Last week, my friends at On Being — Krista Tippett’s extraordinary public radio program — posted a short piece I wrote titled “The Big Question: Does My Life Have Meaning?”

In case that’s a question that interests you — not re. my life but your own! — clicking on the image below will take you to that essay (and the lovely poem at its heart).

If you want to “Like” and/or comment on it, please come back here to do so. Thanks!

Here is the text published on the On Being website. If you have never browsed through it, you should do. It is absolutely amazing.Read More »

Impresii de la târg

Impresii de prima participare a Editurii Casa cartii la un tirg de carte. Redau doar un fragment:
‘Surprinzătoare a fost pentru noi constatarea că liderii evanghelici locali nu s-au prea arătat prin târg. Sau poate că doar n-or fi ajuns și la standul nostru. Nu înseamnă că n-au fost deloc, dar reprezentarea a fost slabă. Acest aspect ne interesează nu doar din punct de vedere economic, ci mai ales din pricina faptului că ei reprezintă niște poli de influență. Iar criza cărții și criza lecturii reprezintă o problemă de care se plâng inclusiv pastorii sau profesorii.’
Cunoscind personal cam cit de interesati de cultura, inclusiv de cea religioasa, liderii evanghelici romani, inclusiv, sau mai ales, cei de la Oradea, nu ma mir deloc de absenta lor la tirg. Ar fi fost ‘out of place’ acolo. Mai ales ca era de dat bani. Daca ar fi fost de luat, ei, atunci ar fi fost cu totul altceva.

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13227147_2042125716013403_6011782521272015330_nTârgul Gaudeamus Oradea a fost prilejul pentru prima noastră participare (în cei 15 ani de existență, pe care-i aniversăm anul acesta) la un târg de carte. Evenimentul s-a desfășurat în cortul instalat în parcul 1 Decembrie, între 18-22 mai.
Experiența este încă prea recentă pentru niște concluzii foarte solide. Dar tot avem niște impresii pe care să le împărtășim.
Întâi de toate, trebuie să menționăm că ne bucurăm că am putut să-i întâlnim pe cititorii noștri tête-à-tête, cum se spune, și să stăm de vorbă cu dumnealor. Având în vedere că la stand au stat și cei de la departamentul editorial, care de obicei sunt în spatele monitoarelor, întâlnirea cu cei care ne-au vizitat standul a fost o experiență inedită și interesantă, foarte colorată și aducătoare de surprize.


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Religia în spațiul public – Dezbatere la Institutul Cultural Francez din Iasi

Religia in spatiul public

Marți, 24 mai 2016, ora 18:00, în sala Benjamin Fondane a Institutului Francez Iași, Revista de cultură contemporană TIMPUL vă invită să participați la dezbaterea Religia în spațiul public. Vor participa: prof.univ.dr. Nicu Gavriluță, FSSP, UAIC, prof.univ.dr. Dănuț Jemna, FEAA, UAIC, conf.univ.dr. Ioan Alexandru Tofan, FSSP, UAIC. Dezbaterea va fi moderată de conf.univ.dr. George Bondor, redactor-șef al revistei TIMPUL.

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Lansari ale cartii Sarbatoarea Corturilor la Timisoara, Arad si Oradea

Afis-Timisoara

Iata ce scrie domnul Morar despre lansari, pe blogul sau:

Astăzi am definitivat datele și orele pentru lansările din afara Bucureștiului (unde voi fi la BookFest). Așadar, la Timișoara, pe 25 mai, ora 18.00, la Librăria Esotera.

A doua zi, 26 mai, la ora 12.00, la Arad, la librăria Corina. Și, în aceeași zi, la ora 16, în Oradea, la Librăria Gutenberg.

Din pacate, nefiind in tara, nu pot participa la niciuna dintre ele, dar sper, totusi, intr-o lansare la Iasi, cindva in toamna, cind revin in tara.

Recomandare: Sărbătoarea Corturilor

Alin recomanda si el roanul lui Ioan T Morar, Sarbatoarea corturilor, o carte care ar trebui citit de toti evanghelicii din Romania, ba chiar de toti neoprostantii, daca este sa-i adaugam si pe adventisti la gramada. Nu-i mai mentionez pe avrei, ca ei oricum au ramas prea putini ca numar.

Romania Evanghelica

Alin Cristea pe grupul Facebook Baptişti din România și diaspora:

Va recomand si INSIST sa cumparati cartea Sarbatoarea Corturilor, de Ioan T. Morar.

Pe site-ul editurii Polirom e la 45 de lei, la Gaudeamus Oradea 2016 am cumparat-o cu 34 de lei.

Va fi lansata miercuri la Timisoara, joi la Arad si Oradea, si apoi la BookFest la Bucuresti, la inceputul lunii iunie.

http://blog.itmorar.ro

Mai exact, va recomand sa cititi prima parte, unde e vorba de baptisti (din Arad).

Pentru prima oara in cultura romana, un roman de o asemenea anvergura (475 de pagini, aparut la Polirom) are ca fundal pocaitii (intr-un mod mult mai consistent decit romanul lui Dan Lungu – Cum sa uiti o femeie)

Aparitia lui coincide cu o conexiune nesperata care s-a realizat anul acesta intre societatea romaneasca si ghetoul evanghelic o data cu Cazul familiei Bodnariu.

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25 de ani de la asasinarea lui Ioan Petru Culianu

O aniversare trista, peste care presa noastra a trecut cu foarte mare usurinta.

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25 de ani de la asasinarea lui Ioan Petru Culianu

 

Ieri s-au împlinit 25 de ani de la asasinarea lui Ioan Petru Culianu, probabil cel mai important intelectual și autor român născut în vremea comunismului (Iași, 5 ianuarie 1950) și, desigur, afirmat mai întîi în lume și de-abia după 1990 recuperat și în România. De aceastp operațiune se ocupă sora savantului, Tereza Culianu-Petrescu, și cumnatul acestuia, scriitorul și disidentul anticomunist Dan Petrescu – mai întîi, la editura Nemira, iar în ultimul deceniu și ceva la Polirom. Asasinarea lui Nene Culianu a rămas neelucidată și după un sfert de veac. Imediat după eveniment, într-o declarație acordată BBC, am afirmat că putem pune crima fără ezitări în sarcina Securității. Puțin după aceea, am precizat că prin asta putem înțelege atît un grupuscul al vechii Securități autonomizat după lovitura de palat din decembrie 1989, fie chiar noua instituție…

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Rachel Held Evans – Let the World Change You: A Commencement Address Do-Over

Rachel Held Evans

Way back in 2003, when people still left voicemails and Mark Zuckerberg’s “Facesmash” was just a mildly sexist college experiment, I was chosen by my classmates to deliver a commencement address at graduation ceremonies for our conservative Christian university.

I took the honor seriously, prepping for weeks amidst all the final exams and senior parties, working through multiple drafts and soliciting feedback from my parents and professors.

And I did okay, (though, to this day I still have nightmares about approaching that podium only to look down and realize I left my notes…or my pants… in my dorm room).  I admonished my classmates the way any other 21-year-old evangelical would admonish her peers:

I told them to go out and change the world.

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On Ecumenoclasm: Who Can Be Saved?

An Orthodox theologian discusses the painful topic of ecumenism in Orthodoxy.
A lot of ignorance continues to exist in Romanian Orthodoxy on this matter, surprisingly, even among the most educated. Most Romanian Orthodox feel the need to excuse themselves continually, and state that they are not (God forbid!) ecumenists. It seem to me that pressure from Orthodox monastic circles, not the least from Mount Athos, is the main cause of this anti-ecumenical quasi-paranoia.
To be fait, a similar disease, maybe even more pronounced, exists among Romanian evangelicals. A real pity. In both cases. As Christians, we should know much better.

Public Orthodoxy

by Paul Ladouceur

Orthodox ecumenists and anti-ecumenists both start from the same fundamental ecclesiological principle, succinctly expressed in an anti-ecumenical statement of the Sacred Community of Mount Athos in April 1980: “We believe that our holy Orthodox Church is the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church of Christ, which possesses the fullness of grace and truth.”

But pro-ecumenical and anti-ecumenical Orthodox draw radically different conclusions from this one principle. Ecumenists, focusing on the notion that the Orthodox Church possesses “the fullness of grace and truth,” conclude that other Christian churches also possess grace and truth, if not in their fullness. This realization opens the door to considering non-Orthodox Christians as true brothers and sisters in Christ and hence to the possibility of dialogue in love, growth in mutual understanding of each other’s faith and traditions, and discovery of common elements which unite Christians of different denominations. This does not…

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Chris Wright on the Great Commission

This is really beautiful. I love and respect Chris Wright. A great man of God, with a gentle, but sharp prophetic spirit.

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At Belfast Bible College, we had the pleasure and privilege of having Chris Wright speak at our Celebration of Studies last Friday and then at a half day conference on “The GREAT COMMISSION: what does it really include?”

Chris Wright @ BBCChris was exploring a biblical theology of mission, engaging along the way with contested ideas of mission, and criticisms of his own approach as outlined most fully of course in his magnum opus The Mission of God.

Some notes and observations of the half-day conference: – and these do not therefore represent exactly what Chris said but one person’s interpretation ..

Both terms ‘holistic mission’ and ‘missional’ are useful but both can easily become too anthropocentric – they revolve around ‘us’ and what we must do. They do not in and of themselves resolve the question of what ‘holistic’ and ‘missional’ actually mean – they mean different things to different…

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The Problem is Not the Problem

I am sure Islamophobic people will not like this. I am sorry for them.

The Institute of Middle East Studies

by Elias Ghazal

Last week, my brother and his family travelled from Canada to Lebanon for a visit. My brother is no stranger to life in Lebanon. Although he never lived in Lebanon for an extended period, he grew up in the Middle East and he is very familiar with its regimes. He witnessed the fragility of the Lebanese system when he was visiting in 2006 and the Israel-Hezbollah war broke out. To his dismay, he was visiting Lebanon again in 2008 when the conflict of May 7 erupted, which nearly drove the country into a second civil war. He has probably seen the worst of Lebanon in recent history, but is there any good? 

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Cum vad americanii lumea

O harta a stereotipurilor, din perspectiva americana.
Ar fi interesant sa facem una din perspectiva romaneasca.

Suceava Evanghelica

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Imaginea – cuvânt

Dyo, despre falsul dualism imagine – cuvint, atit de drag (neo)reformatilor.

Frică şi cutremur

A spune – în termenii clasici ai acestor două concepte și mijloace teologice – că filmul e imagine iar predica cuvânt este totuna cu a spune că Titanicul e o barcă, iar hidrobicicleta iaht. Căci filmul e în primul rând experiență, facilitată de imaginea în mișcare, ce are nevoie de timp pentru a fi cuprinsă vizual în plinătatea funcției sale, alături de coloană sonoră (reprezentativă sau ilustrativă) și punere în scenă. Iar în ce privește predica, cum să vă spun eu cât mai simplu… Hm, încercați să vă imaginați un bâlbâit urcând la amvon, sau un hipiot cu barba nespălată, sau unul (poate că e una?) cu o pălărie de damă pe cap și îmbrăcat în rochie cu paiete. Sau, ca să nu vă torturați mințile într-un așa hal, îndrăzniți să îmi spuneți că nu contează tonul vocii predicatorului, nici (dez)ordinea din jurul amvonului (poate că florile sunt veștejite și sunt…

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Beyond Torture – The Gulag of Pitesti, Romania

O documentary on the most inhumane experiment in the gulag of communist Romania – the so-called ‘re-education’ at the Pitesti prison.

Looking at Your Mother – Raising Mothers

Julie Hart takes us through an emotional journey of vignettes of motherhood.

Source: Looking at Your Mother – Raising Mothers

The is so movingly beautiful.

Pentecost Marshmellow?

Pentecost marshmellow

Beware: this is only for those who have a sense of humour.

On Consensus: A Canonical Appraisal

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by Very Rev. Dr. Alexander Rentel

A key component of the document “Organization and Working Procedureis the requirement for unanimity for the approval of any texts or amendments. The primates of the Churches can adopt procedures for the running of the council; nothing in the canonical tradition forbids the adoption of such rules, and consensus as a rule for decision making has a long history in the Church. While it would be anachronistic to claim that the Council of Jerusalem described in Acts was a council like subsequent councils, the description there provided a paradigm for later conciliar activity. The phrasing of the Apostolic decree, “It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us (Acts 15.28),” expresses the two-fold requirement that anything the conciliar process arrives at must be consistent with the revelation, manifested in the consensus of those in the Church. These seemingly practical requirements…

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No Holiness but Social Holiness

Musings on Science and Theology

450px-JwesleysittingThe final section of Matthew Nelson Hill’s new book Evolution and Holiness looks at John Wesley’s view of original sin and human nature and the interaction between the structures he put in place with small accountability groups and more modern ideas from sociobiology. I was raised in a Baptist church, with something of a “soft” Calvinist bent. (TULIP appalled me when I first heard of it in college – it was not explicitly or implicitly taught.) I have attended Presbyterian or Baptist churches all of my life. As a result some of these aspects of Wesley’s thought were new to me. (My Baptist upbringing and college taught me precious little about Lutheranism and nothing at all about Weslyanism, except that “we” were not like “them.”)

A key component of early Methodism was the creation of structures, small groups, designed for accountability to help to shape the serious Christian in what…

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Sarah Bessey – 15 Practices for a Good Marriage

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  1. Put the other person first. This sounds pretty simple and straight forward but it’s probably the hardest. We’ve always called it “you first.” Choose each other first and always.
  2. Make it a priority to make each other better at being yourselves. Whatever goodness or calling you see in one another, celebrate it and strengthen it, speak it out and pursue it together. Set each other free to fly and when necessary give one another a good hard push out of the nest with a cheery “you’ll be fine, you’ve got this!”
  3. Assign positive intent to one another.
  4. Faithfulness and intimacy in heart, in mind, in spirit, in body.
  5. Spend time together. Like a lot a lot a lot of time. Especially time to have fun and laugh and make private memories. We have always found that a lot of small or daily talk has to happen before the big heart and life and dream talks have room to breathe and grow between us.
  6. Guard your words to one another and don’t speak careless or cruel words to or over or about one another – those words take seed in your own heart as well as your partner’s heart – they will bear fruit for years in your lives. Speak words of life.
  7. [I’d put something about sex here but our parents subscribe to this e-newsletter so just yeah…..yeah.]
  8. A lifelong love will require equal parts romance and grit. Be ready to show up.
  9. Talk about everything dear to your hearts and mundane in the daily and then keep talking through the years especially when you’re feeling like you’re in conflict. Avoid manipulation or control or passive aggressive crap.
  10. Don’t ever make any big decisions unless you’re in complete agreement. Trust each other’s instincts.
  11. Learn to let small things go and to forgive even before asked.
  12. Weave your lives together and build a shared family narrative. Remind each other of your love story and keep building on the foundations of it. Believe it’s a love story worth embodying even in the middle places of love.
  13. Give each other room and permission to change in profound and life-altering ways. You will both do a lot of changing in ways you can’t even fathom or imagine – keeping pace with each other’s new selves will mean you grow together even if you don’t always agree.
  14. When you are suffering or struggling, make it the discipline of your marriage to turn towards one another instead of away from one another. Those deserts and wounds will become part of the fabric of your love story; heal each other steadily over the years.
  15. Make Jesus – knowing him and following him – the centre of your home.

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The Refugee and the Body of Christ

On this year’s IMES consultation.

The Institute of Middle East Studies

by Arthur Brown

This year’s Middle East Consultation, The Refugee and the Body of Christ: Exploring the Impact of the Present Crisis on our Understanding of Church, is now less than six weeks away. Plans are coming together well, and consultation registrations are at an all-time high. As consultation coordinator, I thought it would be helpful this week to highlight some of what will be happening during the week of June 20-24, here at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Beirut, Lebanon. If, after reading this, you know that you want to join us for MEC, it is not too late, but we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

With regard to format, we are trying something new this year.

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Beyond Torture – An Interview with Fr Roman Braga

Here is a moving and up building interview with Fr Roman Braga, who went through reeducation at the communist prison of Pitesti.

Bishop Kallistos – Postmodern Issues Facing the Orthodox Christian

This is an absolutely radical approach by an Orthodox metropolitan of many contemporary challenges to the Christian faith. I do not think there are many theologians in the East who dare to speak so openly about these matters.

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Arthur F Holmes – A History of Philosophy

HERE is a series of lectures on the history of philosophy by Prof. Arthur F Holmes, from Wheaton College.

You may watch below the first in this series of lectures.

Un nou interviu cu Ioan T Morar despre cartea lui ‘Sarbatoarea corturilor’

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Iata un nou interviu despre ultima cartea a lui Ioan T Morar, de aceasta data pentru platforma  BookHub.

Iata un scurt fragment, pentru a va trezi interesul:

Inițial am vrut să scriu un roman documentar despre mișcarea “jeaniștilor” din Arad (care a existat în realitate), dar m-am împiedicat de un refuz al dialogului dinspe unii care au fost parte sau apropiați ai mișcării.

Așa că, după mai multe încercări eșuate,  am apelat la ficțiune, fără să intru în subtilități teologice care ar fi putut îngreuna lectura, încercînd să ghicesc dezbaterile și motivațiile din realitatea acelei istorii. Documentarea cea mai amplă a fost în legătură cu Iudaismul. Am citit mult și am rămas fascinat de acest univers religios. A fost o îndelungă experiență de lectură tulburătoare, din care am ieșit îmbogățit. Și sper că am transmis această senzație în roman.

Cititi AICI intreg interviul si achizitionati de AICI cartea.

Despre lucrurile cu adevărat importante

Avancronica unui eveniment academic şi cultural major, care se va derula în Iaşi abia peste jumătate de an (…): acordarea domnului Andrei Pleşu, din partea celei mai bătrâne instituţii de învăţământ superior din România, a titlului de doctor honoris causa.

Source: Despre lucrurile cu adevărat importante

Domnul profesor Codrin Cutitaru anunta in Ziarul de Iasi unul dintre cele mai importante evenimente cullturale ale urbei iesene in toamna anului 2016: adordarea titlului de doctor honoris causa domnului Andrei Plesu de catre Universitatea ‘Al. I. Cuza’, eveniment care va prefata a treia editie a simpozionului CS Lewis  organizat de aceeasi universitate, la initiativa doamnei profesoare Denise Vasiliu.

Citez in  incheiere ceva despre asteptarile autorului acestui articol, care sunt, de fapt, si ale noastre: ‘Anticipez un eveniment cu mare impact academic, la care, alături de invitatul principal, vor contribui personalităţile universitare din comisia de laudatio (preşedinte – profesorul Alexandru Călinescu) şi un număr important de universitari de la Oxford şi Cambridge, înscrişi cu lucrări la amintitul simpozion.’

Baptists roadmap to Bucharest (III) – blogul unui duh întarâtat

Urmând planul lui Oncken, cei șase tineri misionari au plecat în primăvara anului 1846 la Viena. Hornung și Marschall au rămas aici, ceilalți patru, după un popas de câteva zile, s-au îndreptat spre Budapesta, unde au ajuns pe 20 mai. Scharschmidt era originar din Ofen, denumirea germană pentru Buda, în timp ce Rottmayer se născuse chiar în Pesta. La vremea respectivă Buda era predominant germană iar Pesta era majoritar maghiară. Tot așa, J. L. Lorders și cu Johann Voyka, acesta… Read More Read More

Source: Baptists roadmap to Bucharest (III) – blogul unui duh întarâtat

Iata si al treilea text din aceasta serie.