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Russian Orthodox Leader Condemns Gay Marriages, Warns Of Apocalypse

Discussion in 'General Theology' started by rockytopva, Aug 13, 2013.

  1. Rhamiel

    Rhamiel Member of the Round Table

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    I must say, from the handeling of the members of the punk band PussyRiot and these new laws, and disputes over land
    it seems to Westerners that the Russian Government and the Russian Orthodox Church are very very close
     
  2. united4Peace

    united4Peace Contributor

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    Well...at least with fire and brimstone the snow may melt!! ^_^
     
  3. GoingByzantine

    GoingByzantine Seeking the Narrow Road Supporter

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    It does seem that the government and the church are intertwined in many ways, but at least Putin supports christianity unlike the Soviets. Although I imagine that Byzantine Rite Catholicism is still suppressed because of the government.
     
  4. Albion

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    They both support(ed) the church so long as they were/are in control of it. The journalist Cathy Young summarized the current situation this way:

     
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  5. GoingByzantine

    GoingByzantine Seeking the Narrow Road Supporter

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    Albion, I cordially disagree. The Soviet Union was an atheist state that sought to extinguish religion of all types. Christians were killed, cathedrals torn down, and the church subjugated.

    Under Putin the church does not need to live in fear, there is a big difference between a perceived christian dictatorship and an atheist dictatorship.
     
  6. Albion

    Albion Facilitator

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    That's fine...and I like cordiality.

    All I see there is a matter of degree. It doesn't rebut anything I wrote or the author I cited.

    In a way, however, I guess it agrees with your earlier comment that "Putin supports Christianity unlike the Soviets." Yes, he does support Christianity to some degree, and certainly more than during the Soviet era, but he--the old KGB atheist--does give his limited support only so far as the church is willing to dance to Putin's music (which it certainly does).
     
  7. Mama Kidogo

    Mama Kidogo Τίποτα νέο μυθιστόρημα τίποτα

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    After reading the report, I'm almost laughing at the headline.
    The only words of that Patriarch quoted were, "is a dangerous and apocalyptic symptom". But the report concluded he meant the end is near like he was about to don a sign or dig a deep hole to hide in.
    It might do one good to look up the five various meanings of that word.
    Apocalyptic - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary
    From that report, I can't begin to say what he meant by apocalyptic symptom. But it was clear as to what the reporter was doing.
     
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