Saturday, September 16, 2017

Rapper Rick Ross Shoots "Santorini Greece" Music Video Inside Orthodox Church Without Permission, Local Metropolis Reacts to the Desecration


Rick Ross is a successful rapper and entrepreneur who was the first artist signed to P. Diddy's Ciroc Entertainment. He founded his own music label Maybach Music Group in 2009. A few days ago he dropped his latest music video for the song "Santorini Greece", depicting his lavish lifestyle while on the Greek island. In the song he gets political and reflects on today's racial climate, which brings him to a church on the island, saying, "These niggas don't believe in God, from this very moment, you should believe in God."

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Anton Chekhov: Atheist, Agnostic or Struggling Orthodox Christian?


By Father Robert M. Arida

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The question of Chekhov’s Christianity and his relationship with the Orthodox Church continues to be debated. Even those such as Father Alexander Schmemann, who lauded Chekhov’s deep insights into the complexities of the human person brought about by his religious and medical backgrounds, could not confidently state that he was a man of the Church.[1]

This paper does not pretend to provide the definitive answer regarding Chekhov’s faith and piety. However, it does attempt to draw attention to his passionate struggle for the meaning of human existence and how, through his characters, one encounters a doctor and writer who tenaciously wrestles with Christ, the Church and the Gospel.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

How the Forgotten Byzantine Empire Rescued Turkish Cinema


Emrah Güler
January 18, 2016

Trust Turkish filmmakers to resurrect the Byzantine Empire to play the much-needed enemy once every decade. Satirist and writer Gani Müjde returns to directing, satirizing where he feels at home, the depiction of Byzantines in Turkish cinema. Müjde’s “Bizans Oyunları: Geym of Bizans” (Byzantine Games: Game of Byzantine), released this week, pokes fun at the historical-action films from the 1950s to the 1970s which established the Byzantines as the ultimate enemy, a uniquely fictitious empire save its name.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Movie: "Anthropoid" (2016)


Directed by Sean Ellis
Produced by Sean Ellis
Written by Sean Ellis

Starring:
Cillian Murphy
Jamie Dornan
Charlotte Le Bon
Anna Geislerová

Release date: 1 July 2016
Running time: 120 minutes
Language: English

Anthropoid is a 2016 British epic war film that tells the story of Operation Anthropoid, the World War II assassination of Reinhard Heydrich by Exile Czechoslovak soldiers on 27 May 1942.

The film was shot entirely in Prague, and where possible, at the actual locations of the events they depict. Director Sean Ellis stated in interview that scenes in the Orthodox Cathedral of Saints Cyril and Methodius were filmed on an exact replica of the church on a studio backlot, so as to make the location recognizable to Czech viewers. Gestapo and Czech contemporary reports allowed Ellis to recreate the film's final act (the assassination and church siege) with extreme accuracy, and the film has garnered praise for its commitment to realism and true events. Intense planning was necessary to allow for the assassination itself to play in real time, with each resistance member's movements researched, planned and tracked in order to reflect actual events.

The film can currently be viewed On Demand and is free to subscribers of Amazon Prime.

Read also:

The Incredible True Story Behind World War Two Film 'Anthropoid'

Holy New Hieromartyr Gorazd of Prague, Bishop of Moravia and Silesia (+ 1942)

A Prague Church That Defied Nazi Rule




Monday, August 28, 2017

Consequentialism, the Moral Philosophy of the West

Jeremy Bentham, a founder of Consequential thought

Since the 1960's Western society, hitherto Christian in foundation, has come under the influence of a school of moral theology known as Consequentialism. Consequentialism, essentially denies objective truth and leads to moral relativism. Ultimately it leads to a culture of death that today sanctions everything from contraception to abortion, homosexual activity, sex outside of marriage, divorce, sterilization, in-vitro fertilization, pornography, embryonic stem cell research, euthanasia and even false notions of a just war.