How do we know we have a soul?

How do we know we have a soul?   If you think about it, there is nothing we can be more certain about than the fact the we are aware of our own existence, that we have our own first person perspective, that we have feelings and we are aware that we have these feelings, or that there is a certain “inner feel”, a “me-ness” about us. The vast majority of people believe that this is due to our soul; indeed this seems very obvious to most of us, it is “primordial data”. One has to admit, however, that there [...]

By | 2018-04-14T09:20:37+00:00 April 14th, 2018|Comments Off on How do we know we have a soul?

Does Hades exist?

Does Hades exist?   In ancient Greek mythology, Hades was the god of the underworld. When people died, mourners would place a coin under the tongue of the deceased to pay Charon, to take them across the river into the underworld. There they were assigned to one of the different areas of the underworld, ranging from the pitch darkness of Tartarus, where the souls were being punished for their sins, to the Fortunate Isles, where the souls lived in eternal bliss. Hades, as the ruler of the underworld, would maintain a relative balance, and ensure that no one escaped or [...]

By | 2018-03-04T20:07:07+00:00 March 4th, 2018|Comments Off on Does Hades exist?

How do we preserve our Orthodox Faith in a multicultural society?

How do we preserve our Orthodox Faith in a multicultural society?   Collectively, Australians speak over 200 languages. Other than English, the most common languages spoken today are Chinese, Italian, Greek and Arabic. So many cultures and so many beliefs! Christianity is the most commonly reported religion (52.1% of the population). The Islamic population with 2.6% of the total population is the second largest religion, closely followed by Buddhism (2.4%). However, as many as 30% of Australians reported that they had ‘no religion’. How can we preserve our Orthodox Christian Faith in such a multicultural society? In a MONOcultural society, [...]

By | 2017-12-08T09:49:13+00:00 December 8th, 2017|Comments Off on How do we preserve our Orthodox Faith in a multicultural society?

How is it possible to believe in God in the 21st century?

How is it possible to believe in God in the 21st century?   Many do not understand the concept of faith. They think that Christians are weak intellectually, believing with insufficient evidence. Atheists often adhere to an unproven underlying assumption, that reason is the highest way to find truth. They have not understood that faith is actually a very positive attribute. Jesus thanked God the Father for not just revealing His truth to the intellectuals, but for sending His gift of faith to the humble. He said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden [...]

By | 2017-10-12T14:10:53+00:00 October 12th, 2017|Comments Off on How is it possible to believe in God in the 21st century?

How can we reduce anxiety in children, and can the Church help?

How can we reduce anxiety in our children, and can the Church help?   It appears that anxiety in children is on the rise. Whereas as recently as a generation ago, childhood was considered a carefree age, today, many children are frightened, stressed or anxious. Anxiety can look very different from one child to the next. Some children get physical symptoms such as a racing heart, palpitations or shaking. Others just have a sense of dread that something bad will happen. In severe cases, children are not able to go to school or get out of the house. Reasons for [...]

By | 2017-09-08T10:38:04+00:00 September 8th, 2017|Comments Off on How can we reduce anxiety in children, and can the Church help?
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