08 August 2006

Seperation of Church and State, the Orthodox view

"I recognize two authorities, priesthood and empire; the Creator of the world entrusted to the first the care of souls and to the second the care of men's bodies. Let neither authority be attacked, that the world may enjoy prosperity"
--Basileus John Tzimikes

Finally, in a heated encounter, the praetorian prefect lost his patience and threatened Basil with confiscating his goods, with exile, torture, and even death. Basil responded, "All that I have you can confiscate are these rags and a few books. Nor can you exile me, for wherever you send me, I shall be God's guest. As to tortures you should know that my body is already dead in Christ. And death would be a great boon to me, leading me sooner to God." Taken aback, the prefect said that no one had ever spoken to him thus. Basil answered, "Perhaps that is because you have never met a true bishop."
--The Story of Christianity, Vol. 1, Justo L. Gonzalez, HarperSanFrancisco, 1984, p. 185

"The Milosevic regime does not support the Christian values we are fighting for and want to preserve."
--Fr. Sava, Serbian priest quoted by BBC in regards to the situation in Kosovo in 1999

For the President of the United States and all civil authorities, and for our Armed Forces everywhere, let us pray to the Lord.

Kyrie Eleison

That He will aid them and grant them victory over every enemy and adversary, let us pray to the Lord.

Kyrie Eleison

For this city, and every city and land, and for the faithful who dwell therein, let us pray to the Lord.

Kyrie Eleison

--Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostum, as translated into English and adapted for use in the United States. Original wording referred to the 'God-fearing Emperor' by name.


Blogger A Soldier's Girl said...

I love you, although you know that we disagree on how much interaction church and state should have.

4:32 PM  

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