Category Archives: Religion

Bad Yuletide Omens

Настали святки. То-то радость! Гадает ветреная младость… Татьяна любопытным взором На воск потопленный глядит: Он чудно вылитым узором Ей что-то чудное гласит… Татьяна на широкой двор В открытом платьице выходит, На месяц зеркало наводит; Но в темном зеркале одна Дрожит … Continue reading

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And Still On the Topic Of Religion…

Dear Readers: So, some of us militant atheists were horrified and disappointed by the new Amendment to the Russian Constitution, announced just a couple of days ago, which mentions “God” (and just one God) as sort of like the founder … Continue reading

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Opinion Poll: How many Russians Observe Lent?

Dear Readers: Yesterday (Monday March 2) was the start of Eastern Orthodox Lent.  Which, in Russian, is called “Velikiy Post” (=”the Great Fasting”).  The word post (=”fasting”) is common to most Slavic languages, with a reconstructed Proto-Slavic form *postъ.  But … Continue reading

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Simonyan: Why I Refuse To Tie The Knot

Dear Readers: Today I have this piece from a few days back. It’s interesting because it highlights some tensions in the Russian elite regarding the proper relationship of Church and State.  And also jibes very neatly with the ongoing debate … Continue reading

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Pope Pompeo Splits Orthodox Church! – Part III

Dear Readers: Today concluding our religious treatise where we began, with this piece from reporter Natalia Makarova.  As we saw, the U.S. State Department has succeeded in its long-term project to split the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) away from the … Continue reading

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Pope Pompeo Splits Orthodox Church! – Part II

Dear Readers: So, this all started this past weekend, when U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo went on a blitzkrieg tour of ancient Christian holy sites, and used whatever charm he possesses to convince them to recognize the Ukrainian Schismatic … Continue reading

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Pope Pompeo Splits Orthodox Church! – Part I

Dear Readers: I should have started this series yesterday, which was Sunday.  Since this is a church-themed post, and suitable for a Sunday School sermon.  But no matter, Religion is not just a matter for Sundays.  Religion is something that … Continue reading

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Serafim Sarovsky: A Saint for the Deep People – Part IV

Dear Readers: Today finishing off our edifying story about Saint Serafim and the fight to have him canonized in the Russian Orthodox Church.  Where we left off, evil moustache-twirling Ober-Procurator Pobedonostsev was digging in his heels and refusing to canonize … Continue reading

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Serafim Sarovsky: A Saint for the Deep People – Part III

Dear Readers: Continuing my review of this piece about Saint Serafim Sarovsky.  Where we left off, we were talking about the fact that Serafim never discussed, nor gave a fig about, any of the public events that were happening during … Continue reading

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Serafim Sarovsky: A Saint for the Deep People – Part II

Dear Readers: Continuing my review of this piece about a popular and beloved Russian Saint.  Even more intriguing than Serafim’s modest life, is the notion of a “deep people” dwelling within Russian society.  These would be a type of “Silent … Continue reading

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