( Published on Monday, February 13, 2006 by CommonDreams.org: 'Confessions of Crimes Against the State,' by John DearCollapse )
In the Eastern (primarily Russian) Orthodox system, that is according to the Julian calendar, this is the New Year, новый год. Or, as some call it nowadays due to general adoption of Gregorian year numbering, Old New Year, старый новый год. But according to Christians who follow the Gregorian calendar, this is also Epiphany, which comes a week after Twelfth Night.
Because my mom is not ethnically Russian but still baptized Russian Orthodox, I occasionally celebrate this day as the new year with her and my brother (although I definitely work off the Gregorian calendar for pretty much everything else). Does anyone else here celebrate Orthodox holidays? What about Epiphany? If you celebrate Epiphany, what do you do? I just found out today about an old medieval tradition of writing a particular message over people's door frames to remind or inform them of the nature of Christ. Personally, I find that tradition a little obnoxious, as I'm sure some people would find Buddhists spraypainting a Sanskrit mantra on their lawn (if Buddhists were into evangelism). But does anyone do it?
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Wikipedia article: Christian view of marriage -- Liberal Christian Protestant View
I'm in favor of gay marriage, etc., not because it's "increasingly becoming the norm" but because I think that the "conservative" Christian interpretation is out of line with Jesus' teachings.
| You scored as Pelagianism. You are a Pelagian. You reject ideas about man's fallen human nature and believe that as a result we are able to fully obey God. You are the first Briton to contribute significantly to Christian thought, but you're still excommunicated in 417.|
Are you a heretic?
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| You scored as Amillenialist. Amillenialism believes that the 1000 year reign is not literal but figurative, and that Christ began to reign at his ascension. People take some prophetic scripture far too literally in your view.|
What's your eschatology?
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And "preterist" apparently is One who believes the prophecies of the Apocalypse to have been already fulfilled. The Temple was destroyed. Rome has fallen. So, yeah.
I joined a bible study group on Yahoogroups, and I've been writing down my thoughts on my religion journal. I'm a bit ahead of the others, for complicated reasons. But if anyone wants to follow along with my weird, heretical thoughts, they're in my memories.