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Mystic Pizza (1988) — Don't Monkey With Tradition

Zeal that desires to uproot all evil is in fact the very worst evil.
— St. Joseph of Optina (1837-†1911)

Eastern Orthodox Church
Orthodox Christian Glossary
The Difference Between Orthodox Spirituality and Other Traditions
The Three Powers of the Soul and Their Curative Exercises
Therapeutic Treatment of the Human Nous
Nous | Orthodoxwiki

The Church and the Pope: The Case for Orthodoxy
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (4 ed.)

Contrasts Between Roman Catholicism and Orthodoxy

The Mystic & the Lawyer - the Nature of Redemption
The Orthodox concept of redemption may be briefly epitomized as follows: the meaning of "atonement" is really "to remove (or overcome) the cause of separation." In other words, man is alienated from God by sin (by his constant "missing of the mark"), and so he is in bondage to death.
Since man sins continually due to the power of death (which is held by Satan), sin alienates man from God, and death perpetuates the separation (and vice versa). By death, we fall short (again, by "missing the mark"—sin) of our original destiny, which is to live through unity with the Creator. We are ransomed by Christ from the power of death so that we can become partakers of the divine essence and share in immortality, which belongs to God alone. Being ransomed from the power and fear of death, we are thus redeemed from bondage to the Evil One, a bondage that has been affected and strengthened by our own sinful passions. Christ did not die to save us from God, as the neo-pagan doctrine of “substitutionary sacrifice atonement” teaches.

Ransom theory of atonement | Wikipedia

Liturgy and Mysticism: The Experience of God in Eastern Orthodox Christianity

On the Eighth Day

Traditional Christianity (Orthodoxy) in the West
Western Apostasy from Church Tradition


Inquirer‘s class - Met. Jonah | YouTube
Part I, Part 2, Part III, Part IV, Part V, Part VI, Part VII, Part VII (cont.), Part VIII, Part VIII (cont.), Part IX, Part X, Part XI
Other videos for inquirers
Orthodox Christian Catechism by His Eminence Metropolitan Jonah
Orthodox Doctrine & Spirituality
The Russian Orthodox Church, The KGB & Cold War Secrets
Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14, Part 15, Part 16, Part 17
Talks With Catechumens
Orthodox Apologetics
Confession in the Orthodox Church
The Epistles of St. Paul
Orthodox Sacramental Theology
The Ladder of Divine Ascent
Contemplative Prayer
Do Not Resent, Do not react, Keep Inner Stillness
Marriage and Family Life
The Jesus Prayer

These Truths We Hold - Reprinted! | Monastery of St. Tikhon of Zadonsk
The Longer Catechism of the Eastern Orthodox Church: The Catechism of St. Philaret of Moscow
Catechism of the Orthodox Church
An Orthodox Catechism
A New-Style Catechism on the Eastern Orthodox Faith for Adults

About - Orthodox Catechism Project — GOArch
Orthodox Catechism: Basic Teachings of the Orthodox Faith
An Online Orthodox Catechism
Catechism for the Orthodox Church
The Orthodox Faith - Orthodox Church in America
Orthodox Catechism - YouTube
The Ethos of Orthodox Catechesis: The Mind of the Orthodox Church | Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese
Fullness of the Faith Catechism Class – St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church
How to become an Orthodox Christian – Saints Peter & Paul Orthodox Christian Church
Orthodox Catechism - Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church of Rochester NY
What are we to do? | Saint George Greek Orthodox Cathedral
Catechesis Requirements at ASONA


Orthodox Youth & Young Adult Ministries (OYM)
OYM “Why” & Mission Statements
Orthodox Youth & Young Adult Ministries (OYM) | YouTube Channel
Orthodox Youth Directors in North America
Orthodox Youth Mission Team

Steven Christoforou

Steven Christoforou
Y2AM Finding God. Living Orthodoxy | YouTube
Bee the Bee Finding God in Everything, Everyday | Ancient Faith Ministries
Be the Bee video series with lesson plans | GOArch
Be the Bee | YouTube Channel
FOCUS North America
Effective Christian Ministry

Robin Amis

Robin Amis | Wikipedia
The Life of Henry ‘Robin’ Amis

Praxis Research Institute Praxis Investigations Into Christian Thought

A Different Christianity: Early Christian Esotericism and Modern Thought
Views From Mount Athos
Who Writes The Waves?: Poems

Church As Spiritual Hospital

The Difference Between Orthodox Spirituality and Other Traditions — Metropolitan Hierotheos Vlachos
The Church as a Therapeutic Center: The Curing of the Soul
The Ethos of Orthodox Christian Healing — Fr. George Morelli
The Church As Spiritual Hospital According to Chrysostom
The Church is a Hospital — Healing Addictions: The Orthodox Method of Treatment | Ancient Faith Ministries
The Orthodox Church as a Spiritual Hospital Constantine Zalalas (The Nous' Healing) | YouTube
The Church as a Hospital

Divine Liturgy

Healing of the senses through which the passions (sufferings) are inflamed and manifested, the animal skin with which God covered humanity after Adam & Eve turned away from Him (sinned, broke comm-union by doubting, losing faith in Him, believing the lie of satan that slandered God and called God a liar) (Gen 3:21); —
Sound — bells (and sematron), chant, scripture reading, homily
Sight — icons, vestments, interior temple architecture, flowers, bay leaves, palm fronds
Smell — incense
Touch — kissing icons, sign of the cross, prostrations, vestment, water, oil
Taste — eucharist, antidoron

Byzantine Chant

Ancient Faith Radio English

The Divine Liturgy in English | YouTube
Hymns of the Nativity of Christ | YouTube
O Give Thanks Unto the LordHoly Transfiguration Monastery| YouTube
Vigil of St. Anthony | YouTube

Spiritual Warfare

We Christians Are Not Of This World
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
— 1 John 2:15-17
If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. 
If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.
— John 15:18-19

The Emperor's Club Trailer 2002

The Emperor's Club Trailer 2002
"Like young emperor's, they were born to power and privilege. ...But if they were to become the leaders of tomorrow, I would have to inspire them. ..."

The Emperor's Club | Wikipedia

The Palace Thief
The Palace Thief | Amazon

Surely Springboks No.8 Pierre Spies has no need to be this ripped | Photo
Pierre Spies is physical icon (image) of Orthodox Christian unseen spiritual warfare; his ripped flesh is an icon of how strong the spiritual Christian soul can and should be.
His post on Instagram reads just like Orthodox Christian spiritual warfare —

Pierre Spies | Instagram
Watch your thoughts, for they become your words. Watch your words, for they become your actions. Watch your actions, for they become your habits. Watch your habits, for they become your character. Watch your character, for it becomes your #DESTINY.

Orthodox Christianity vs. Modernity

Vitruvian Man | Wikipedia

Christian Doctrine Matters!
Precursor of Modernity —
Roman Catholic apostasy from God-Man (Jesus Christ) to anthropocentric "man-god" (papal supremacy, later infallibility) of pagan antiquity (Babylon, Rome), leading to rebirth (Renaissance) of classic (Roman) culture replete with it's "man-god" emperor dressed in guise of vestments of the Church of Rome captivated by the anthropocentric “spirit” of pagan Rome, leading to "church" as city-state (eventually shrunk down to The Vatican), replete with armies, bank, art museum, and hoarding of countless riches, and to gradual, continual apostasy (falling away) to modernity today

SeeWestern Apostasy from Church Tradition

Vitruvian Man | Wikipedia

Man is the measure of all things
Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man and the Measure of All Things
Jesus Christ: the 'Vitruvian Man' on the Cross

Orthodoxy Modernity
Theocentric (God-centered) Anthropocentric (Man-centered)
Spiritual-Material — Theanthropos (God-man comm-union) Materialistic — Capitalist and Communist
Dispassionate (apatheia) for union with God Sensual (passionate) for pleasure in material abundance, wealth, power
Humble — repententance, confession Proud — self-esteem, self-justification
Unmercenary — serves neighbor (others) Mercenary — self-serving
Corporeal — Humanity as Body of Christ, Church as Family of Man Individualistic — provides Corporatism a mobile labor force, increases Consumerism
Theosis — comm-union with God, relation of Humanity (and all Creation through Humanity) to God Sin — separation from God, proliferation of fallen lack of comm-union with Divinity
God is source of everything Self-centered; selfish exploitation of Creation for self-fulfillment
Submission to will of God: “Glory to God for All Things”, “All things work together for good to them that love God” Rom 8:28. Self-willed, will to power
Paradise, Joy in God Utopia, enjoyment in material things, amusement, entertainment
Reliance on infallible Divinity Reliance on fallible human science and technology
Divine Attributes:
1) Omnibenevolent (all good)
2) Omnipotent (all powerful)
3) Omnipresent (all present) — Everywhere Present and Filling All Things
4) Omniscient (all knowing)
5) Holy, Oneness, interconnectivity of everything with God
Human Technological Usurption of Divine Attributes:
1) Proliferation of 'goods' for convenience and luxury — material (not spiritual) “good”
2) Technology, advanced weaponry (atomic bombs, nuclear warheads) — creative destruction
3) High speed transportation and communication — faster is “better”, more instantaneous, almost everywhere present, but still failing to hit the mark
4) High speed internet (proliferation of 'information') — pretentious, falling short of actual knowledge, much less Divine Wisdom
5) Internet of Things
Divinization by God Self-seeking to be god without God; usurpation of the Divine by man
Temple for worship of God Tower of Babel (industrial urbanization) striving to reach heaven (achieve Divinity) by self alone
Worship of the One, True, Living God Idolization of fallen, selfish humanity
Loves and serves God who is spirit and truth Loves and serves materialistic Mammon (lie of the Father of Lies)
Remembrance of God, Remembrance of Death God denying, Death defying
Resurrection Anti-aging, Transhumanism
Truth about God, Man and the World Living the Lie, Illusion-Delusion
Illumination, Vision of God who is Light, Life and Love Rationalistic Enlightment, spiritual blindness, temporal life of darkness
The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine.
— Isaiah 9:2 (Prophetic Revelation of the Messiah promised by Yahweh to the Children of Israel)