Howdy, Stranger!

It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!

minasoliman

About

Username
minasoliman
Joined
Visits
736
Last Active
Roles
Member

Comments

  • There were protests on Jan 25 as usual. Police had to spend all their energy on the protestors, so when the police is not looking, Islamists go and kill some wandering Copts.
  • He was one of 4 Copts who was killed by Muslim Brotherhood supporters five days ago
  • Thank you mrpete; that deserves +100000000.  I just want to share some old links where we discussed this, in some ways ad nauseum: http://tasbeha.org/community/discussion/14739/oopnevma-vs-pipnevma/p1 (oopnevma-vs-pipnevma) http://tasbeha.org/commun…
  • Here's the pdf I was given by the anonymous Coptic priest: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0sMVN64GCA3TkhsdVZhWm9HWEE/view?usp=sharing
  • I have heard about Fr. Bishoy's PhD. Needless to say, it seemed he struggled to present a proper thesis. If by PhD, it gives him the right to use Protestant songs in his parish, then he is not a reliable Orthodox witness, but a parrot of misrepresen…
  • I have a pdf book somewhere written in 2007 I believe by an anonymous Coptic priest that would have been presented to HH at the time proving that deification is a patristic belief, ranging from St. Dionysius the Great, St. Athanasius, St. Cyril, the…
  • To deny deification is to deny that God has power to save or that God has power to unite Himself to us. Deification is not the eating of divinity as if the divine nature is material. That is a misrepresentation of HH Pope Shenouda that he used ag…
  • SMSV? I'm sorry, but I do not consider that priest a source of Coptic Orthodoxy ForeverYours, Theosis, or deification, or divinization, or theopoeisis are all the same thing, and are all the cornerstone of Orthodox soteriology. It is not just an …
  • I think in some way, VII does try to open up a channel with the ancient churches, like the Orthodox Church, as in some way part of the Church, but not perfectly so.  If you know something about me in these forums, I take ecclesiology very seriously,…
  • To best put it, "we know where the Church is, we don't know where it isn't."  If we know where the Church is, we are convinced of its truth, we don't agree with intermarriages with other churches or faiths that disagree with the truth. With the Roma…
  • Well, that is essentially the point of the discussion. For Rome, it does matter that you are "of Cephas". It would seem to me two people who are in love see no essential reason for the Churches to be divided, given what they believe. So the questio…
  • I have no qualms with the fact that in my interactions with many Christians, I feel a lot closer to a Catholic than to a Protestant. At the same time, even you mentioned Protestants are different due to a broken Apostolic link (and open defiance re…
  • That sounds even worse! Because if form matters, not Apostolic succession or Petrine primacy, what is the point of the divisions they make over the Petrine Primacy? Why can't we unite without claiming which city should rule the Church? St. Peter d…
  • Well overall Apostolic validity is Petrine authority given to all Apostles, bishops and presbyters, who received the keys. It's not limited to one person in Rome, nor should there be any dependency to him, despite the important historical role it p…
  • You have to admit though, "Sinuthius" does end in "Theos", like Shenoute ends in "noute"...could "sen" = "she"?
  • I would say that it is important to concentrate on Petrine primacy. By the fact that you belong to the Church of Rome, I could understand how you can be accepted to have valid sacraments for extreme circumstances. But for Churches which reject Pet…
  • Wouldn't son of God in Greek be "iouototheo"?
  • I want to second Mina's suggestions and plead to you that this is an opportunity to investigate what the differences are and why the division matters between the two churches.  If we were united, the situation would be much easier for you.  But we a…
  • Rem, I'm a bit confused at the example you gave.  Was the monk listening to local Orthodox Christian Kanons and Troparia or were they pagan/secular/non-religious Kanons and Troparia (considering that these two words are generally used for Church hym…
  • Yes, I just checked my computer now...it works. I wonder if it's possible that ancient Copts use the name as an abbreviated form of the longer meaning, just like Hebrew names.  "Yohanan" seems to have the abbreviated "Yahweh" in its name.  I wonder …
  • I'll have to check my computer because my iphone isn't recognizing it
  • I'm sure there are pre-Islamic Arab Christian writings hidden somewhere, but until then, I have not heard of any being recovered, since those areas are governed by those who want to hide Arab Christian history.  Is there something I do not know? Reg…
  • @mabsoota, first time I notice the comment you made six years ago. God reaches out to us all without taking us away from our cultures or nationalities.. oh wow.. this I think should serve to close many of the unnecessary hot debates going on on this…
  • I saw your screenshots, and I am somewhat worried that you are mixing Coptic and Greek here.  Is not "God" in Coptic "noute"?  "Theos" is Greek.  I hope you recognize that there are (a lot of) areas in the Coptic liturgy that are chanted in Greek as…
  • I would like to interject and comment that based on personal experience, Fr. Michael Sorial does care about education and he does actively teach theosis and correct soteriology in his parish.  He has impressed the likes of me for trying to show hims…
  • I highly doubt this was a surprise visit by the President.  Sure the people were surprised, but I think the bishops coordinated it, probably with the time given.  With that in mind, it would seem to me the bishops are the ones who are at fault for t…
  • I can't believe Anba Bola would say something like that. Even if he said "Sisi is the angel and Christ is present in the altar". it's not so much the blasphemy I worry about, but the naivety and supposed idiocy that comes with statements like thes…
  • "The Spirit also descends upon him because of us. Now this Spirit is not one of the ministering spirits, but it is the Spirit of God, the consubstantial Spirit who reigns at the same time with him and with the Father. It is why, indeed, the evangeli…
  • Me too. But unfortunately the status quo in our diocese, (whereby people are ordained deacons because they have some sort of prestige) dictates this sort of distinction. Much like the stupid distinction between 'deacon' and 'full deacon'. I think th…
  • Sorry I thought I read the first question "did God create us?" Which I answered "yes" to. "How"? We have genetic evidence as well as fossil evidence we evolved in some way. How and when the two stories, the science and the Biblical stories, mesh t…