Voices from Russia

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Patriarch Kirill Said There’s No Contradiction Between Religion and Science

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At a meeting with scientists in Sarov, Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias said:

Science and religion don’t contradict each other; they respond to different questions. Therefore, don’t look for answers to spiritual questions in physics or biology. You could say that science, on the one hand, and religion and art, on the other, are different ways of understanding the world and mankind, distinct ways of comprehending our humanity. Each has its own perception, its own methods of cognition. Each answers our questions. However, throughout human history, the relationship between religion and science evolved in very different ways, but the religious and scientific worldviews have no opposition to each other, just as there’s no conflict between art and science, and no discord between religion and art. Science probes the questions “how is it” and “why is it”. Religion explores “what is it all for”. The centre-point of religious speculation is the issue of the meaning of life. This also brings in our perspective on death. It’d be naïve to read the book of Genesis as a textbook on anthropogenesis (human origin). In like manner, it’s counterproductive to search biology or physics for answers about the meaning of life.

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I should mention that Sarov was a “closed-city” during the Sov era as it was a centre of nuclear physics research and nuclear weapons development. Therefore, to have a scientific gathering there isn’t a stretch. If I’m not mistaken, there’s also a nuclear weapons museum in the city. Patriarch Kirill is deeply interested in science; as a young man, he wanted to be a fighter pilot (sources tell me that he couldn’t because he was a priest’s son and refused to abjure his religion… it was the time of the Khrushchyov persecution). Some years ago, he visited the cosmonautics centre at Star City… he even “suited up”. In short, the Church doesn’t believe in “Young Earth Creationism”… one could even say that such a view is heretical and Unchurchly. The rightwingers amongst us who trumpet ignorant opinions on science and morals are what the Apostle called “loud clanging gongs”. Follow HH, as always. Remember what he said on morals, “The Church respects all human decisions, including those of sexual orientation. However, we reserve the right to label sin ‘sin’”.

The above is more of the same from HH. You may follow him or you may follow the loudmouth “conservatives”… choose wisely…



2 August AM Sitrep Briefing: DNR Military Command Reported Junta Forces Fired 216 Shells at DNR Territory During the Evening and Early Morning Hours

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Today, the DNR Operational Command stated:

In the period from 20.00 to 03.00, enemy forces fired artillery and mortars at populated points in the DNR, firing 216 shells at us. Enemy units fired 85 12.2-cm and 27 15.2-cm artillery shells and 104 8.2/12-cm mortar rounds. They struck Kuibyshev and Petrovsky Raions in Donetsk, Spartak, Veseloe, and Zemlyanki in Yasinovataya Raion, the suburbs of Yasinovataya, and Sakhanka and Kominternovo in Novoazovsky Raion in the southern DNR, firing from positions in Avdeyevka, Vodyanovo, Novoselovki Vtory, Pesok, Shirokino, and Talakovki. Night bombardments on residential areas in the western outskirts of Donetsk injured two civilians. Information about damage will be forthcoming.

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DAN Donetsk News Agency


Jill NOT Hill… Jill at 44 Percent in PA Poll

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We do raise an eyebrow at national polls that put Jill anywhere between 3 percent and 6 percent when we see local results like this one from Fox43 in Pennsylvania. We think national polls will catch up with local sentiment in 3 or 4 weeks; you’ll see a big jump in Jill’s numbers… that’s how fast the campaign, and the buzz about Jill, is moving. Let’s give Hillary the biggest challenge of her life. A smart-as-a-whip, compassionate, Harvard-trained doctor with more good ideas for solving our jobs-and-climate-crises than 100 obsolete (think Democrat and Republican) political parties combined!

Gloria Mattera

Campaign Chairman

Jill Stein for President

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Jill Stein for President Committee


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