The Rants of Issachar

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Bad move Russian Orthodox Church...

The New York Times has a piece on the cozy relationship between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Russian government and on the hostility both have towards non-Orthodox faiths.

The article pays particular attention the hostility displayed towards Protestant denominations. It's an interesting read.

My first thought is "that is one dumb move you Russian Orthodox leaders, be sure to let us know how getting into bed with the state works out for you". Actually, getting cozy with the state and having it use it's coercive power to suppress competing Christian denominations might work out fine for individual church leaders, but I don't think it's a healthy move for any Christian church to make. The Church is the body of Christ. It's not the state, nor should it be answerable to the state in any way. (And eventually everyone has to pay the piper).

And of course it won't work anyway. Protestants were smuggling Bibles into Russia when it was behind the iron curtain. They're not going to be deterred by what is only minor harassment when compared to what the communists were doing.

Of course I'm most interested in what my Russian Orthodox friends think. (Edward, Dave & Dan I really would like to hear your thoughts). (I'm not sure if Dan even reads blogs, and I don't think he's ever been to mine). I'm not about to ask you to defend every single little thing an Orthodox priest does in Russia, because that would hardly be fair, but I'd love to hear your perspective.

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Saturday, April 12, 2008

Bill Cosby - Black Conservatism

I've found Bill Cosby's comments on the problems in the black community interesting ever since his famous Pound Cake Speech in 2004.

The Atlantic has an interesting article on Cosby and his version of black conservatism.

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My blog is not dead.

I haven't posted anything in a month and a half, but my blog is not dead! The break started when I went to Hong Kong for a week to visit my cousin and her husband, (and their adorable son Ben), but it just continued after that.

Work has been very busy ever since. We've got some changes going on at the company and the end result of it all is that I have less free time.

I will be back. My apologies to any readers I might still have. I'm not a professional blogger in any case. :) I hope to post something again in a few weeks. We'll see if I succeed.

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