The BackShop Journal

A Web Magazine of Arts, Culture and Orthodox Christian Spirituality

  • 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...
  • A Short Rumination on the Hypnotic Effect of Computer Screens and Social Networks

    Have you ever had difficulties walking away from your shiny laptop or smart phone screen? Do you have a site, like Facebook or some other social network, which you have to keep checking every 15-20 minutes all day long? If the answer is yes, it is not surprising, since looking at your favourite webs...
  • A Short Rumination on a Significant Event that Took Place 100 Years Ago

    Exactly 100 years ago, Lenin, Trotsky, and their Bolshevik wing of the Social Democratic Labour Party were preparing for the final strike, the October coup that brought suffering and death to millions of people in Russia and the Soviet Union. Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov was supported by the German Keise...
  • A Short Rumination on Knowledge

    When we talk about knowledge, we mostly think about the accumulation of facts and figures. For the modern man, "to know something" means having the experience to perform an action, and having the information that can be put to use. But it wasn't always like that. Up to the 17th century, knowledge si...
  • A Short Rumination on Progress

    There is one major flaw in the perception of history in the Western world. Most people are convinced that the world and humanity is making a constant progress. The prevailing worldview is that human beings are improving in one way or another, and that our lives are continuously getting better. In...
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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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