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  • Archimandrite Nicodemus (Bogosavljevic): About the End Times

    O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times? (Mt 16:3). In the last hundred years or so, many articles, discussions and books on the topic of the last apocalyptic/eschatological events have been written in the Orthodox Church. Warnings about...
  • Voltaire and the Battle for Religious Tolerance

    François-Marie Arouet (1694-1778), better known by his nom de plume Voltare, was one of the intellectual driving forces that lead to the French Revolution (1789-1799). A writer, historian and philosopher of the French Enlightenment, he is famous for his attacks on the established Catholic Church and...
  • A Short Rumination on the Meaning of Christmas

    In March 1924, the Synod of Bishops of the Church of Greece voted to accept the Julian Calendar. Since not all the Orthodox accepted the change, different autocephalous churches, and even some faithful within the same church, remained split between two different calendars. Even though all churches c...
  • Milton's Paradise Lost, the Epic Poem of Man's First Disobedience

    The year 2017 marked the 350th anniversary of the first publication of one of the greatest epic poems in the English language, John Milton's Paradise Lost. The work tells the biblical story of the Fall of Man: the temptation of Adam and Eve by the fallen angel Satan and their expulsion from the Gard...
  • Cheka and Nine Circles of Hell

    On this date 100 years ago, the infamous All-Russian Emergency Commission for Combating Counter-revolution and Sabotage (Всероссийская чрезвычайная комиссия по борьбе с контрреволюцией и саботажем), ВЧК for short, or Cheka, the first Soviet secret police, was formed. This organisation was the princi...
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Voltaire and the Battle for Religious Tolerance
François-Marie Arouet (1694-1778), better known by his nom de plume Voltare, was one of the intellectual driving forces that lead to the French Revolution (1789-1799). A writer, historian and philosopher of the French Enlightenment, he is famous for his attacks on the established Catholic Church and...
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