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2011-07-02 06:04:23
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Athens; riots, fir, desperation. Look at this photo and write a caption/speech bubble/thought bubble or anything else that captures your imagination.


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Emanuel Paparella2011-06-30 14:46:34
Rome (the power of the state and the bankers) and Jerusalem (religion transcending mere material considerations)meet in an agora in Athens. What will ensue: a dialogue based on reason or a conflict based on real politik? We shall soon find out.

Christos Mouzeviris2011-07-02 14:00:53
The Church is walking away unscathed from all that the common citizens suffer and have to endure...They preach us not to have a bond with the material world, yet they hold vast property and wealth in Greece and all over Europe...Perhaps they preach us to give up our wealth, so they can get a hold on it..?? The Church is not taxed in Greece, and it did not so far offer any help to the state and its citizens, although they hold so much wealth that it could easily erase Greece's debt...!!!

Emanuel Paparella2011-07-02 16:36:01
Indeed, as the ancient Greeks have well taught us, in the public agora we can do two things: either engage in an authentic dialogue by allowing all voices and all points of views, none excepted, or we can engage in a diatribe (verbal violence and demagogy insisting on one’s “enlightened” point of view and contemptuous of all the others), or even physical violence which usually solves precious little. I’ll take the former anytime and I would hope that all Ovi readers would opt similarly.

Come to think of it, I have written at least two articles dealing with the issue of religion (a primordial institution) and the Church vis a vis Western civilization and suggested repeatedly that to build a union based on ignorance of one’s heritage (which is and remains Christian even if most “Christians” do not practice their religion any longer), is to build on sand. We are seeing that unfortunate result of a fragile union in the streets of Athens presently. It may not take long before we see it also in those of Rome, Lisbon, Madrid or Dublin or even Brussels which seems to be no longer the capital of a united Belgium but continues to pretend that it is the capital of the EU.

Be that as it may I attach below the two articles mentioned above, for those who wish to engage in a dialogue, that is. The others will no doubt opt for descending in the public agora to promote destruction verbal or physical violence.



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