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Topic: Theosis (Our Religion)

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Public: Women with Icons
Posted by: LanceMcLain on Friday, March 16, 2007 - 10:31 AM
Interesting slideshow I came across today here:


which links back to an artfully wonderful blog


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Public: Vegetarianism and Christianity
Posted by: LanceMcLain on Sunday, April 09, 2006 - 10:25 PM
I was recently asked about any connections between vegetarianism and Christianity and so I dug up an old email I composed on the subject a while back:

Abstaining from meat has historically always been considered a form of fasting. Some of the early 1st and 2nd century Christian texts (for ex The Didache) show that fasting from meat was done every wednesday and friday by the earliest Christian churches. (Incidentally, the Didache of the Apostles, an early (1st century?) Christian manual on morals and Christian practices - also forbids abortion and infanticide)

Generally, full vegetarianism was not practiced in the church except by monastics, however periods of fasting from meat were not only required, but one could even suffer excommunication in some instances from not following the fasting rules.

I might add that the original commandment that God gave to our ancestors Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden was a fasting commandment: eat of the fruit of all the trees but this one. This may point to the origins of fasting in the Christian church. I know this doesn't fully address the idea of Christians being vegetarian, however it might go a long way toward understanding the history of meat eating in the Christian church.

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Public: On Mary - God Bearer
Posted by: LanceMcLain on Saturday, October 08, 2005 - 02:48 PM

I agree that God did use Mary's egg and her DNA and took flesh from her. She was more than just a receptacle for the Divine God. She gave flesh and blood to Christ and truly was the bearer of God. In some miraculous, mystical, unknowable way, Him who could not be contained was contained within her womb. What a great and wondrous mystery!

As for her virginity, I wouldn't be so hasty to dismiss it. I believe that it is clear from the scriptures and from the early church fathers that Virginity is a *higher* calling, so in a sense, by choosing a Virgin, God sort of confirmed the sanctity of that calling. There are some really interesting essays by some ancient fathers on this.

This one (http://www.ccel.org/fathers2/NPNF2-05/Npnf2-05-31.htm#P2642_1797990)
by St. Gregory of Nyssa is pretty good.

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Public: Some thoughts on Church "hipness"
Posted by: LanceMcLain on Tuesday, May 03, 2005 - 01:21 PM
On the topic of Church worship, I am amused to see more churches incorporating
traditional aestetics in their services, things like incense and candles and chant
and such. I do suspect that this is no intentional return to traditional worship, but
rather just the latest round of "hipness" to entice an increasingly mystical new-agey youth

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