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RAMADAN : “A Month of Calamity.”

By Paul Merkley.

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Last year about this time the U.S. State Department’s Overseas Security Advisory Council issued this advisory: “According to Islamic practice, sacrifice during Ramadan can be considered more valuable than that made at other times, so a call to martyrdom during the month may hold a special allure to some.” (more…)

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SOME REFLECTION DURING RAMADAN 2017: Essay One.

By Paul Merkley.

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How the Qur’an Fills the God-Shaped Vacuum.

That tiny minority of Christians who have actually read the Qur’an, in whole or in part, have had to struggle with its re-iterated assertion that it is Mohammad who alone ever understand Jewish and Christian Scripture. (more…)

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OUT OF EGYPT

OUT OF EGYPT

By Paul Merkley.

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On Palm Sunday of this year a local Egyptian acolyte of ISIS detonated his  suicide vest at St. George’s Coptic Orthodox church in the Nile delta city of Tanta, about 50 miles north of Cairo.  Then, a few hours later, a second of the same ilk joined the company of martyrs by carrying out the same mission at St. Marks’ cathedral in Alexandria. (more…)

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APRES MOI, LE ROI.

Is There a Monarchy in Russia’s Future?

By Paul Merkley.

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Not the least of the many dramatic ways in which President Vladimir Putin has transformed Russia is his restitution of the eminent  place in public life of the Russian Orthodox Church. This is by no means an unmixed blessing—either for them or for us. But it is a fact that we would be foolish to ignore.

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“PALESTINE”: ANOTHER ARAB STATE?

By Paul Merkley.

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Israel’s right to live as a nation-state  on the exact spot where she now stands follows from a two-thirds voted in the UN General Assembly, November 29, 1947. (more…)

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TO STAND OR TO CRAWL.

TO STAND OR TO CRAWL

By Paul Merkley.

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Here, in a nutshell (from the website Egypt Independent, October 13, 2010), is all the explanation that we need for the abject lives lived by Middle East Christians:

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A CENTENNIAL LANDMARK: THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION OF MARCH, 1917.

By Paul Merkley.

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A Philosophical Note:  How Long is a Century?

Our earliest encounter with the study of History ought to have occasioned a certain exaltation , but also a significant distress. (more…)

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