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Sunday, 15 November 2015

15 November 2015. A Thought from Fr Sergei Sveshnikov

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Saturday, 7 November 2015

7 November 2015. Science and Theology… A Harmonious Duet… Not a Tusslin’ Twosome

Sergei Yolkin. To Science Day! 2010


I made this comment on FB:

My commitment to the findings of natural science doesn’t harm my faith at all. Evolution was simply the means of Creation… not the Source! Once one clears that (nonexistent) hurdle, it’s easy-peasy… theology and science are but two snapshots of the same situation… taken with different cameras. In like manner, you consult a doctor about medical matters or a lawyer on legal matters, never an elder! Conversely, don’t ask your doctor or lawyer about your soul’s health… that’s the elder’s job. Why are people making such a fuss about this? Here’s another analogy… science is the music… God is the composer. That’s an old chestnut, really… why have we forgotten it? However, there are those amongst us who buy into sectarian rot… they don’t know what Professor Andreyev said or what Vladyki Averky taught or what Fr Vladimir lived… but they insist that we enshrine heterodox fancy as fact. Our Faith is afraid of NOTHING… why don’t we act likewise?

I find that I need add nothing to the above. Any addition would be superfluous; it’d muddy my intent and meaning…


Sunday, 18 October 2015

18 October 2015. A Thought from Fr Sergei Sveshnikov… The Mystery of the Holy Liturgy

00 Ilya Glazunov. The Return of the Prodigal Son. 1977. sveshnikov. liturgy. 181015


Friday, 21 August 2015

21 August 2015. No Comment Necessary… Good on You, Fr Sergei… I AGREE

00 a real man doesn't hurt a woman. 10.03.15


I use the word “mankind” throughout to refer to all humans, both male and female. I also use “man” and “he” to mean “human” and “he/she”. I don’t do this from a position of male chauvinism… my writings on the equality of males and females in Christ speak for themselves. I do this out of concern that linguistic acrobatics might distract from the main points of the study. My Greek professor once told a joke. Someone noticed that there was “man” in the word “woman”, so they decided to change it to “woperson”. Then, someone noticed that there was “son” in “person”, and so they changed the word to “woperchild”. My goal here is to no longer be distracted by whether the words “wo-man”, “fe-male”, or “s-he” are inherently offensive and how we can change them, but instead to focus on the main points of our study.

Fr Sergei Sveshnikov

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