The Battle for the Mind

There is indeed a battle for the mind. From the Christian perspective this may be summed up in “acquire the mind of Christ” (cf. 1 Cor. 2:16; Phil. 2:5). Humanity may have various “minds.” The importance of the mind and its function in human life have even been acknowledged by the secular world. Thus, there …

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Mind Control, Standardized Masses, and Conditioned Reflexes

“How can human behavior be controlled?” Such a question was posed by Vladimir Lenin to Ivan Pavlov in 1919. I've spent numerous years reading and studying the tactics of the Soviets in Russia before and after the 1917 Revolution. My interest focuses on the anti-religious methods and propaganda used by the Soviets. Over time, I …

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The Hearts of Men and the Winnowing of God

“His winnowing fork is in His hand, to clear His threshing floor and to gather the wheat into His barn, but the chaff He will burn with unquenchable fire” (Lk. 3:17). These words were spoken by St. John the Baptist regarding our Lord Jesus Christ at the start of His public ministry. The Lord has …

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Uniformity of Behavior, Reconstruction, and Such Musings

The Reconstruction. Перестройка. Gray high-rise apartment buildings loomed in the gray overcast sky. Through the dust-covered window of the charter van, I watched as we passed an overcrowded electric trolley bus which was leaning heavily to one side. I wondered how the trolley was even driving … at the time it seemed more like a …

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Pestilence, Perfidious Persistence, and Penitence

“Past and present, God's will prevails. Hence, understanding is always best and a prudent mind” Beowulf. Godless persons will use even the greatest of tragedies for wicked ends. I think that it is very important to be soberly aware of such goals. I have already indicated this in some of my past posts. I find …

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The Masters of Death Are Now the Ministers of Life?

“If anyone is to be taken captive, to captivity he goes; if anyone is to be slain by the sword, with the sword he must be slain” (Rev. 13:10). True Christianity calls a person to total faith in God. A Christian must believe wholeheartedly that his life and his bodily death are in God's hands. …

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The Divine Liturgy is the Heart of the Church

“Instead of learning to live, people are learning to die” Bob Dylan. A reflection on the Div. Liturgy during these trying times.   The Divine Liturgy not only teaches us how to live, but it is also the means whereby we truly live. We must understand that first and foremost we are “Ekklesia.” That is …

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“Social Distancing,” Desert Fathers, and Church Services

Introduction added on 3/25/20 - I originally penned this blog in response to ideas I encountered on the internet and blog-o-sphere. This piece is a response to the ideas of my peers in that realm. That is the sole intent. I am questioning some of the ideas put forth by my peers. It is a …

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