September 2015, Buffalo, New York, United States of America
In the name of the Triune God, and with the blessing and guidance of our Churches, the International Commission for Anglican-Orthodox Theological Dialogue (ICAOTD) met in Buffalo, New York, from 19 to 25 September 2015. The Commission is deeply grateful for the generous hospitality extended by the Orthodox Church of the Annunciation in Buffalo (Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople).
Metropolitan Nicholas of Detroit formally welcomed the Commission to its meeting in his diocese. He offered praise and encouragement for the work of the dialogue. He stressed the urgent need for expressions of Christian unity in light of the deep challenges and crises before the global community, mindful of events unfolding even as the Commission undertook its deliberations.
The human journey is not about becoming spiritual beings nearly as much as becoming fully human beings, which is actually much harder. We are already spiritual beings from the moment of our conception; we just don’t know it yet. The Bible tries to let you in on the secret, by revealing God in the ordinary. That’s why so much of the text seems so mundane, practical, specific and, frankly, unspiritual! (Most Catholics stopped reading the Bible for this very reason, and many New Agers do the same.) Continue reading “Fr. Rohr on being ‘fully human beings’ vs. being ‘spiritual beings’”
At the centre of Marxist anthropology, besides the ideal of creating the ‘new man’, we find the view that people have economic value for society to the extent that they can function as mere means of production. They have no more value than a cog in the machine and as soon as they can no longer be useful for production purposes, their social value decreases dramatically. Continue reading “40 Years in the Desert – 1. The Legacy of Communism 4”
Definition – Anthropology is the study of humanity (from the Greek word anthropos, meaning ‘human being’).
The Marxist understanding of what it is to be human can be summarised as the Myth of the New Man – a transformed human being who functions according to the principles established by the Marxist ‘religion’ in order to create a new type of society. This ‘new man’ is in fact nothing other than the re-elaboration in secular and ‘scientific’ terms of a similar Christian project for the transfiguration of the human being. Why is there a need for a ‘new’ man? Obviously, this is because the ‘old’ man is not good enough. Christianity and Marxism agree on this point. Continue reading “From Bondage to the Desert – 1.1 The Religious Character of Communist Ideology – 3”