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  • Finally a word about your experience. There's a very easy answer to your experience. Rather than leave the Church, read the fathers. You experienced a community that descended from the sole survivors of brutal Islamic persecution from the Middle …
  • Brother, this isn't the American constitution or Lockian philosophy. We have no rights. We only have privileges and gifts. Even the air I breathe and the body I'm in is not my right. My issue is people have asked a particular question from an Or…
  • No, you seem to revel in misrepresenting the position of Orthodox Christians. You don't have to be an atheist to appreciate science and devote time to advancements of human knowledge. The difference is that scientists worship science, but we wor…
  • Very simply, by not being provocative, and by understanding this is a Coptic Orthodox site. When you introduce people to anti-Orthodox views, and you become provocative, you will be warned. You don't need written rules for this. Be respectful of …
  • Dear Zoxsasi, Better late than never on an answer. Free will is relative, which means it has an existence in you that differs on who you are before death, after death, and after Resurrection from the dead. It differs also on your spiritual state …
  • Dear Justice, My advice to you: keep searching for the ways of Christ our God, and keep your mind always in a humble state, for God comes to the humble and lowly in heart and rejects the prideful. But do so like a bodybuilder. For just as a body…
  • I have a lot of respect for Tyson, a man of great knowledge of the physical cosmos. But Tyson makes the same fallacy as anyone in his position of great knowledge. He makes the underlying assumption that all things have a material cause. And there…
  • No he is not. While a well-respected scientist, I'd take any views from him outside of science with a grain of salt.
  • Why? Are you worried that you might fit the definition of "troll"?
  • It's probably semantics KMariam. We prefer to say Christ is the mediator between God and man, because Christ is both, and that's the means of salvation. However, if you use the word "intercession", it would be synonymous with "mediator", but not t…
  • We're not Monophysites. We do not divide the Church over calendar issues, and we have more melismatic hymns :P
  • Well, I think we need to be careful here. I understand the danger of Petrine Primacy poured over into a particular bishop out of bishops (like the Latin pope), but we need to be honest that the greatness/primacy of Peter is not transferred to Rome …
  • I know this is minor, but the Church tradition does believe Peter and Paul were the greatest Apostles. Why the change?
  • No worries...just my opinion... The priest should have directed the congregation to continue chanting after making sure no one was hurt until the servants clean up the area. That might be the major criticism I would give on the video.
  • Oh I'm not sure it's that widely publishable, but if @Remnkemi and others might help out with websites of various versions.
  • We don't have a Coptic Orthodox Bible in English. We do have bibles written in Coptic though.
  • I honestly don't see it as a laughing matter. I'm glad no one got hurt, but if an icon fell and broke, I wouldn't be happy, but at the same time, it's not the end of the world.
  • I'm not sure what this has to do with what I said, neither do I understand your logic behind the contemplation of whether it would heal the multitude or the woman alone. Yes, I believe the power is His indivisible divine nature come to her in the m…
  • No brother...it's neither this nor that...Atheism will exist with or without evolution. Atheism is older than Christianity. Rather it is contingent upon the pride and the attachment to the world, and we have to be more than sacrificial to show our…
  • Well, I'm more sympathetic with their views on evolution, but yes, pagan stories of virgin births are really different and sometimes not even "virgin".
  • 4. The Virgin Mary is perpetually a Virgin because she dedicated her life fully to God. It's not a repudiation of marriage, but the gospels are quite clear her marriage to Joseph was a cover up of the birth of Jesus, not a consummated marriage. S…
  • In a nutshell: 1. We don't believe in the immaculate conception. The divine nature purifies the Virgin Mary and brings her into communion with God. The incarnation of Christ is the moment of her salvation. So we reject this doctrine from the Ca…
  • I'm not necessarily a fan of energy/essence distinction, not because I'm against it but because of how you use it. Energy is not a "part of divinity", but the divinity in the mode in which He makes Himself known to us, and it's still the fullness o…
  • My dear friend, even medicine can be considered "man-centered". Just because it uses a material basis to scientific fact doesn't mean it's false. It merely means it's "of the world", and like our flesh has no divine life in itself. But the study …
  • Pope Shenouda and Abouna Matta, two names when put together to lead you into the Orthodox Church makes the heavens rejoice more than you can imagine :) Brother! You are more than welcome in the Church. If you are able to, find the website of the …
  • I don't think his question was what did the ancient people do. I think he asked what should I do. Ophadeece, do you stand up in your parish during the epistles and acts and the sermon?
  • Most of the time, they're blinded by their own pride and emotions.
  • There's no official view. You will have clergy who will disagree with evolution and you will have clergy who don't see a problem with evolution so long as you don't make it sound like God didn't create. The debate is no different among the Eastern…
  • Yea that's fine...you can sit on the pews during the sermon and non-gospel readings.
  • "Coptic Christology in Practice" by Stephen Davis has some translations of medieval Coptic writings and St. Shenoute, but the selection of writings are very specifically Christological.