St. Nikolai: WWI had revealed the poverty of European civilization and brought to shame all those who used to bow before Europe’s silken shining mask that hides an inner ugliness.
They call it the tunnel, there in the perpetual shadows under the elevated train. The section that runs up above and shadows Kensington Avenue. They call the boys and girl who work under there, tunnel-boys, or tunnel-girls. Selling themselves for eight to ten bags a night, in and out of cars, eight to ten times a night.
It is important that Christians, when they speak of “human nature,” understand this expression in a biblical sense.
George Weigel’s unfounded, insulting accusations against the senior leaders of the Russian Orthodox Church.
“It was as if the weight of the prayers lifted somehow, something I call “calling in the cavalry” – an American term that means that we are joined by fighters on horseback who sit higher and see the battlefield more clearly and make the prospect of victory tangible.”
Why does the question whether icons are written or painted even arise? The answer lies in the differences between the English and the Russian languages.
“Mankind” or “the people” does not exist as a person for whom you could do something right now.
Dostoevsky’s novels are relatively accessible, and they are usually quite engaging, so most readers are able to plunge right in without preliminaries. Two obstacles, however, should be noted at the outset.
What is philosophical materialism? To use Solzhenitsyn’s definition, it is the belief that man has no transcendent referent. “To such consciousness, man is the touchstone in judging and evaluating everything on earth . . . “
Hummus (Arabic: حمص بالطحينة) is a Levantine dip or spread made from cooked, mashed chickpeas or other beans, blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic. It is popular in the Middle East and in Middle Eastern cuisine around the globe.
Florensky maintains here that the whole of modern culture is nothing but a state of chronic rebellion against God, and that without clearly recognizing this it will be impossible to alter this course of civilization.