The Secular Man and the Christian Man

The Secular Man has been the great threat to the Christian faith over the past two or more centuries. Disguised as the person is only only doing the “normal thing,” he lives in a godless world, where others can be tempted to live as though there were no God. Earlier I quoted Berdyaev, “If God does not exist, then man does not exist.” I would add to that that the God Who Exists must be everywhere present and filling all things, or He is no God and a false god. Let us renounce the “soft atheism” of the secular man and live always and everywhere for God.

Many Orthodox writers have spoken about the nature of the secular world, the defining form of modernity. I take here an opportunity to make a small comparison between the secular man and the Christian.

The secular man may believe that there is a God, but he also believes that the situation and outcome of the world are dependent upon the actions of human beings. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

What is an Orthodox Woman? (2)

THE SECOND MOTHER

The next great epoch in the history of women is embodied by the one who has been

called the second Eve, as Christ is the second Adam: Mary, the Mother of God. As

it was given to a woman to exercise her free will to banish all humanity from

Paradise, so it was given to a woman to provide, by her own will, the means of

man’s restoration to his blessed state. Without Mary’s willing and complete

surrender to the will of God, there could have been no Incarnation, and thus no

crucifixion and no Resurrection—in other words, no Savior and no salvation for

mankind.

As Eve was the mother of all man­kind, so it was through motherhood that Mary gave

this most precious gift to all humanity. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Moral Dilemmas of Globalization by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

We should first like to express our joy that this meeting of distinguished and dynamic economists, political figures, and other eminent dignitaries has included on the agenda of its discussions the human dimension of globalization of the economy, as well as non-economic values. There is no doubt that when ranking values the human person occupies a place higher than economic activity. Neither is there any doubt that economic progress, which is present when there is growth in economic activity, becomes useful when and only when it serves to enhance the non-economic values that make up human culture. This is the reason that justifies our Modesty’s presence among this luminous gathering of eminent economic activists although we bear no relation to matters of economy.

The advance of humanity towards globalisation is a fact arising primarily out of the private sector, in particular they are the desires of multinational economic giants. This fact finds support in the incredible development of communications. Already the role of states is being constantly downgraded, with few exceptions; whereas the role of the economically powerful is growing in magnitude, even among the larger states.

As the Primate of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the first bishop of the Orthodox Church throughout the world, we assure you that the Orthodox Church has experienced and cultivated the idea of spiritual ecumenicity. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »