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The human animal is the worshipping animal. Toward the divine, we have a need to pray, to sacrifice, to offer up, and to praise. From the spirit dances of primitive animism to the rational contemplation of philosophical paganism, from the ethical code of the rabbis to the theological vision of the scholastics, from the sprinkled blood (the origin of blessing) of temple cults to helping the poor in simple Christian charity, men need to relate the immanent and the transcendent -- they see their particular lives in time and space transfigured and transfused with meaning unbounded by human things. Religion is this aspect of human life where the everyday and worldly intersects with the ultimate and divine. Is this an accident of human evolution, or is it a racial neurosis brought upon us as conscious beings who live in the shadow of our own death? Is it a reflection of the divine order, where creatures naturally orient themselves toward their source? Has God revealed himself to us, as the Christians claim? In this realm, I shall try to delve into such questions as an Orthodox Christian who ever pesters God with "Why?"
Wednesday, August 19, A.D. 2009
Transfiguration

Happy Feast of the Transfiguration to those on the old calendar! Happy birthday, as well, to my sister!

Troparion:

Thou wast transfigured upon the mountain, O Christ our God, showing Thy glory to Thy disciples as far as they were able to sustain. Shine forth also upon us sinners, Thine everlasting light, by the prayers of the Mother of God. O Giver of light, glory to Thee.

Kontakion:

Thou wast transfigured upon the mountain, and Thy disciples beheld Thy glory, O Christ our God, as far as they were able so to do: that when they saw Thee crucified, they might know that Thy suffering was voluntary, and might proclaim unto the world that Thou art truly the Brightness of the Father.

Posted by Joseph on Wednesday, August 19, Anno Domini 2009
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Friday, August 7, A.D. 2009
Thugs for Mo’

It is unfair though quite easy to select a group of morons and make them represent a larger group negatively. Obese, socialist pig Michael Moore has made a name and an endless pork rind fund for himself by employing such tactics. However, I do not believe that the following video of Arabfest in Dearborn, Michigan is guilty of such.

Western civilization’s experience with the Friends of Mo’ over the centuries would suggest that the video’s makers Nabeel Qureshi and David Wood were quite fortunate to have only had their cameras knocked around. At least, they still have their heads. For how much longer, though, will Mohammedans in America fear to revert to type under the rule of (liberal, Christian, Anglo-Saxon) law? Perhaps, it is a question of numbers . . .

So, why are they here?

Posted by Joseph on Friday, August 7, Anno Domini 2009
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