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Archive for December 6th, 2008

Male Female Friendship?

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on December 6, 2008

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The premise of the question “Can men and women be friends?” is confusing. What is it that obstructs friendship between men and women, exactly? The presence of desire? The awkwardness of its absence? Still, it’s a valid question, that many ask

Can a rich man be friends with someone less well-off? Can an employer be friends with an employee?    A Jew and a German? A snot-nosed kid and an octogenarian? An anthropologist and a native?

Of course. Each situation has its challenges, but even a little psychological sophistication would leave most adults capable of negotiating these situations. And in the final analysis, these are the friendships that are the most enriching of all — those that involve a bit of reach.

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Atheism Is Not The Answer

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on December 6, 2008

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Many people in the world give ideological and economical factors for the downfall of communism in Eastern Europe. But the main and real cause of those communist societies – being exteremly atheistic – is a very chronic absence of spirituality in the day-to-day life of their citizens.

Humans frequently tend to be stubborn and ignorant when it comes to taking a lesson or two from history, or even to learning from the mistakes made in other parts of the world. We seem to repeat the same mistake time and time again.

This is particularly seen in the current wave of aggressive atheism which is wagged against believers in many developed countries.

While Hundreds of millions of East Europeans turn to religion to assuage their spiritual hunger, the atheist community worldwide rush to deny the human nature of humans. To be human is very much about becoming a person and our beliefs are integral to that becoming. As such, visions of “the selfish gene” or whatever other exclusively materialist approach atheists take, (e.g. humans are cognitive information processing machines etc…) they cannot really capture this dimensions of how humans reflect upon their condition and remake themselves accordingly. 

What I find most inspirational, exciting, depressing and chilling is how quickly some dismiss all their religious fervor as delusional, yet, I’m reminded about how much blind, irrational faith we put in our politicians and ‘super heroes’. If you think that people will go to great lengths to lie about religion over centuries, just imagine what people do with money and power.

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Russian Patriarch Who Saw End Of Communism, Dies

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on December 6, 2008

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The Christian world has lost one of its principal advocates.

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexiy II, who revived the nation’s main religion after decades of Soviet atheism and healed an 80-year rift with a branch of the Russian Orthodox church in the West, died on Friday. He was 79.

Enthroned in 1990 a year before the Soviet Union’s collapse, Estonian-born Alexiy II was relieved of the state ideological control that weighed on his predecessor in the ancient chambers of Moscow’s Danilovsky Monastery.

In one of his biggest achievements, the patriarch signed a pact in May 2007 with Metropolitan Laurus, the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, ending an 80-year split begun by White Russians who fled Soviet Russia to set up a rival faction.
Alexiy II made the most of Russia’s spiritual vacuum after the long-held Communist beliefs crumbled.

But he was also criticized for supporting measures to restrict the freedom of other confessions, including Roman Catholics, to work in Russia.

He stood in the way of a visit to Russia by the Polish-born former leader of the Catholic church, Pope John Paul II.

And although he expressed similar views on same-sex marriage, euthanasia and abortion as Pope Benedict XVI, this never resulted in a meeting.

Addressing the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe last year, Alexiy II denounced homosexuality as a sin, an illness and “a distortion of the human personality like kleptomania”. He also said European civilisation was threatened by a divorce of human rights from Christian ethics.

POLITICAL CIRCLES

Alexiy II moved the Orthodox Church closer to the centre of political power, despite repeatedly voicing support for Russia’s constitutional separation of church and state.
He was a frequent visitor to the Kremlin, and then Russian President Vladimir Putin was often seen at key church services held at Moscow’s Christ the Saviour Cathedral, demolished by Soviet ruler Josef Stalin and rebuilt in the 1990s.

Alexiy Mikhailovich Ridiger was born on Feb. 23, 1929, in the Estonian capital Tallinn, into the family of a Russian Orthodox priest.

He later said his family’s many pilgrimages to the then Soviet Union’s key religious sites were crucial to moulding his future path.

In 1953 he graduated from the St Petersburg Spiritual Academy as a priest. He served in Estonia and Russia before becoming a monk in 1961, taking the vow of chastity necessary for any orthodox clergyman seeking a top position in the church.

In 1961 he was appointed Bishop of Tallinn and Estonia and in 1986 was consecrated Metropolitan of Leningrad and Novgorod.

In 1990 he became the 15th patriarch to lead the Orthodox Church since the position was established in 1589. The patriarchate was abolished between 1721 and 1917.

God Bless His Soul!

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