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  • Yes, half of Egyptian immigrants in the United States are Muslim. I talked to one Muslim man in Florida who has never been back in Egypt since 1990, and does not want to go back! With the high unemployment rate in Egypt, I can sympathize as to why…
  • Immigration to "lands of opportunity" were rarely an option until very recently starting in the late 1800s. Egypt isn't the only country where immigrants come from, and religion is only part of the reason. More likely, there are economic reasons f…
  • Most violence committed in history, even by Catholics have absolutely nothing to do with religion: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rabbi-alan-lurie/is-religion-the-cause-of-_b_1400766.html That is not to say religion is not a factor.  But it's not th…
  • There is no "the" antichrist, but MANY antichrists. And very simply antichrist is anything or anyone in the world that tries to take you away from the gospel. A person can be his/her own antichrist by his/her non-repentance. The blogger sounds li…
  • No of course not. The blogger is a gay Copt, but probably not in communion with the Church, but his main purpose is to try to find and bring others like him into the same comfort zone and bring awareness of their existence to the broader Coptic com…
  • Reminds of the time a bird landed on Bernie Sanders' podium
  • There's no such thing as a "good" life apart from Christ. We may be comfortable in the West, but life is far from "good" here either. People may not be persecuted, but myriads still die on the inside.
  • "For the Christians are distinguished from other men neither by country, nor language, nor the customs which they observe. For they neither inhabit cities of their own, nor employ a peculiar form of speech, nor lead a life which is marked out by any…
  • Who would want to be a wife of a presbyter? ;)
  • If there is anything we can say about the Roman Catholics, it is that they are Christian enough to seek forgiveness for their past mistakes, and that the criticisms are correct. That in itself is worthy of praise of the Roman Catholics, whatever th…
  • It's a big mistake Mike to think that I am "judging" them anymore than they judge others who do not have Christ in their lives. If I want the other person to know the fullness of truth, I do not go in a triumphalist way and say to them you must con…
    in Baptism Comment by minasoliman June 9
  • Well, be a true witness in your life. Practice your Orthodox faith faithfully, and do not hide it, but let it be known to them. Also know their beliefs, and be ready to answer any questions to them only when they ask. The key is to get them to as…
  • What's a nation or a state? I've had debates with this blogger. I greatly respect his blog, but his ideas on Coptic nation is a dangerous one in my opinion. In history, anyone who seeks a nation also dabbles in gross injustice against the perceiv…
  • It's a hazy issue. The rule of celibate bishops seems to have begun sometime after Chalcedon, but even then wasn't so strong of a rule. In the Coptic Church at least, there was a married man who became Metropolitan of Cairo around the tenth centur…
  • Medically speaking, to "bleed longer" does not correlate with the gender of the child. Most women take 2-4 weeks, and some can go up to 6 weeks, but usually no more than that. So the question still remains, why.
  • It's been fulfilled as an Old Testament law. The Council of Jerusalem only required three things from the Law: not to eat from foods sacrificed to idols, not to eat foods that are strangled or with blood, and not to engage in sexual immorality of an…
  • To be quite honest, this issue did not have a consistent view in ancient history.  The 40/80 rule is something that seems to be only found in one canon in ancient history, the ambiguous "canons of Hippolytus", which might not have been written by hi…
  • I'm from New Jersey, USA.  My parents are from Shoubra, Cairo.
  • @CopticApostate I think life would be the logical and ethical choice at any stage. Everyone deserves a chance at life once it's given to him/her. It does not matter the context. There are services that we should create to hide the pregnancy and …
  • This is an honest question, but given the fact that few atheists, like Peter Singer, have seriously considered very early infanticide to be morally okay, what moral reason is there for consensual parents to reject infanticide if they desired it simp…
  • This is good short understanding of the incompatibility of evangelicals compared to Orthodoxy:
    in Baptism Comment by minasoliman June 5
  • "I personally think it's better to abort (within a certain period of time)" What's the "certain period of time" one is allowed to abort?  Are there bad reasons for abortion?
  • There are two present meanings of "Coptic". The more popular meaning today is synonymous with Orthodox Christianity. That much is true. But the more accurate understanding in the ancient world is language, culture, and racial.
  • One more thing: It's never wrong to tell your spiritual father that you need to see him as soon as you can. You are not "annoying" him when you say that, and he will never be annoyed by it either. However, if it takes months after saying that to …
  • Oh, my apologies. "Coptic" is a racial and cultural term. While most Copts are Christian, there exist those who apostatize. They're still racially Coptic, they just no longer have faith.
  • Dear mf1999, I prefer not to listen to Christian "pop music". That just makes things worse, especially the Arabic examples given. If you are bored, it could be because you exerted yourself too much into the practice of spirituality. Have you eve…
  • He's wrong. You don't have to be racially a Copt to be in the Coptic Church. We have a many non-Egyptian priests in the Coptic Church, not to mention laity. The Coptic metropolitan of France, Metropolitan Athanasios is not even Egyptian! We have…
  • I disagree^^^ For a very simple reason... Baptism means you enter into the Church. Protestant baptism is not entering into the Church. Good intentions does not mean correct beliefs. Hindus have good intentions. Let's not be politically correct…
    in Baptism Comment by minasoliman June 3
  • Hi @Menas17, I didn't see the question until now. There is very limited intercommunion between EOs and OOs now, but not officially recognized. Examples could be intermarried couples who could go either any church. In some instances, you might fin…
  • I don't think the Holy Synod made that clear. Once again, "if necessary", and the woman still has her Holy Spirit, why can't she still be the eshbeen, especially as an "exceptional case for pastoral reasons as decided by the priest who is the spiri…