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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

The Least of My Brethren (Photis Kontoglou)


The following is the last paragraph of a short story written by Photis Kontoglou called "Barba Manolis the King." He created this short story based on the depiction in old icons of the Second Coming of a man known as the "Least" (Elachistos) who enters into Paradise amidst all the chaos. It is derived from Matthew 25:40 which says: "And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."

Thursday, February 20, 2020

How the Protestant Eschatological Mind Was Inherited by 19th Century Greeks

Rev. Isaac Watts

I was reading through a book the other day published in 1848 titled The Origin and History of Missions: A Record of the Voyages, Travels, Labors and Successes of the Various Missionaries Who Have Been Sent Forth by Protestant Societies and Churches to Evangelize the Heathen, Compiled from Authentic Documents Forming a Complete Missionary Repository. In Chapter 4 we read about the History of the Mediterranean Missions, which focuses on the Protestant missions among the Orthodox populations of Asia Minor and Greece. There it says the following:

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

How Byzantine Apocalypticism Influenced Ottoman Ideology After the Conquest of Constantinople


Constantinople and the End Time: 
The Ottoman Conquest as a Portent of the Last Hour

Kaya Şahin
Tulane University

Abstract
The Muslim conquest of Constantinople was seen in various apocalyptic traditions as one of the portents of the end. An Ottoman mystic, Ahmed Bî-cân, gave voice to these apocalyptic fears and expectations soon after the Ottoman conquest in 1453 CE. His apocalyptic narrative, expressed in the Turkish vernacular, placed the Ottoman enterprise within the final tribulations and hailed the sultan, Mehmed II, as an apocalyptic warrior. This endorsement heralded the emergence of a new imperial ideology in the sixteenth century: Ottoman history became an important component of universal history, while Ottoman sultans were attributed cosmic responsibilities and messianic abilities.





Thursday, January 23, 2020

Trump Embraces Environmental Initiatives While Rejecting Stifling Climate Alarmism


In a speech at the World Economic Forum at Davos on January 21st 2020, just minutes before teenage activist Greta Thunberg addressed a session called Averting a Climate Apocalypse in which she bemoaned that the earth "is on fire", President Donald Trump warned there were forces at work that aimed to "destroy our economy and wreck our country or eradicate our liberty", and that "we must reject the perennial prophets of doom and their predictions of the apocalypse."

Here is what he said on these issues in full:

"We’ve been so successful that the United States no longer needs to import energy from hostile nations. With an abundance of American natural gas now available, our European allies no longer have to be vulnerable to unfriendly energy suppliers either. We urge our friends in Europe to use America’s vast supply and achieve true energy security.

With U.S. companies and researchers leading the way, we are on the threshold of virtually unlimited reserves of energy, including from traditional fuels, LNG, clean coal, next-generation nuclear power, and gas hydrate technologies.

At the same time, I’m proud to report the United States has among the cleanest air and drinking water on Earth — and we’re going to keep it that way. And we just came out with a report that, at this moment, it’s the cleanest it’s been in the last 40 years. We’re committed to conserving the majesty of God’s creation and the natural beauty of our world.

Today, I’m pleased to announce the United States will join One Trillion Trees Initiative being launched here at the World Economic Forum. One Trillion Trees. (Applause.) And in doing so, we will continue to show strong leadership in restoring, growing, and better managing our trees and our forests.

This is not a time for pessimism; this is a time for optimism. Fear and doubt is not a good thought process because this is a time for tremendous hope and joy and optimism and action.

But to embrace the possibilities of tomorrow, we must reject the perennial prophets of doom and their predictions of the apocalypse. They are the heirs of yesterday’s foolish fortune-tellers — and I have them and you have them, and we all have them, and they want to see us do badly, but we don’t let that happen. They predicted an overpopulation crisis in the 1960s, mass starvation in the ’70s, and an end of oil in the 1990s. These alarmists always demand the same thing: absolute power to dominate, transform, and control every aspect of our lives.

We will never let radical socialists destroy our economy, wreck our country, or eradicate our liberty. America will always be the proud, strong, and unyielding bastion of freedom.

In America, we understand what the pessimists refuse to see: that a growing and vibrant market economy focused on the future lifts the human spirit and excites creativity strong enough to overcome any challenge — any challenge by far.

The great scientific breakthroughs of the 20th century — from penicillin, to high-yield wheat, to modern transportation, and breakthrough vaccines — have lifted living standards and saved billions of lives around the world. And we’re continuing to work on things that you’ll be hearing about in the near future that, even today, sitting here right now, you wouldn’t believe it’s possible that we have found the answers. You’ll be hearing about it. But we have found answers to things that people said would not be possible — certainly not in a very short period of time.

But the wonders of the last century will pale in comparison to what today’s young innovators will achieve because they are doing things that nobody thought even feasible to begin. We continue to embrace technology, not to shun it. When people are free to innovate, millions will live longer, happier, healthier lives.

For three years now, America has shown the world that the path to a prosperous future begins with putting workers first, choosing growth, and freeing entrepreneurs to bring their dreams to life."



Friday, December 20, 2019

The Enochites: An Early 20th-Century Russian Apocalyptic Cult That Worshiped St. John of Kronstadt


In 1902-03 there were reports in The New York Times of a Russian sect emerging that revolved around the worship of St. John of Kronstadt - while he was still alive. Of course, he condemned this movement, yet this did not stop the fanaticism of the people, who misinterpreted his unique miraculous powers as a sign that the end of the world was near. Could this cult be behind the alleged prophecy of St. John of Kronstadt regarding the end of the world from 1901? It's interesting this movement began the very next year after this alleged vision. Below are the articles which describe this movement further: