In the Russian circumstance, they drew their understanding largely from Socratic and Platonic idealism and from the early Christian Gnostics. These ideas embody a dualist vision of life and a natural (not-man-made) hierarchy:
Matter manifests out of free creative expression (Logos); it is a shadow or abstraction of the spiritual Ideal.
Spirit is apriori; it exists before, after, and eternally in continuum with more ephemeral physical expressions such as matter.1 “…It is neither perceived nor is it perceptible.”
Viewing Christ to be a teacher, an example, and not some separate God to put on a pedestal, the Spiritual Philosophers thought that Godmanhood was possible for all human beings.
What the heck? Are they saying that “human beings” are “Gods”?
Jesus Christ is quoted as stating: “I am in the Father and the Father is in me and the … Continue reading
As we approach Independence Day, July 4, 2015, we reaffirm those powerful words of the American founders…
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, … Continue reading
Heirs to 1917 revolutionary-era emigrants appeal to EU: ‘Stop blaming everything on Russia’
When over 2 million people had to flee war-torn Russian following the Bolshevik takeover in 1917, it seemed that all of the once-great empire’s nobility, culture, and grandeur had been lost forever. The cities of Europe, especially Berlin and then Paris, became the somewhat reluctant recipients of this diaspora: both enjoying a massive influx of great painters, writers, artists and ballet dancers, yet also at a loss of what to do with the accompanying sea of impoverished army officers, noblemen and other refugees. And over time, it appeared that the famous dynasties–Shakovskoy, Romanov, Tolstoy, Pushkin, Trubetskoy,Vinogradov, Yuriev, Ignatiev,…–had been relegated to the history books (or the occasional journalist byline).
This year, on Nov. 26, 2014, over 100 descendants showed the First-wave emigration was alive and well, raising their voices in defense … Continue reading