Predating christian philosophy

25-May-2017 18:37

Contrast these with the popular images of much of the approach to God and worship in the Western church.

At one end of the spectrum, you have the cerebral, coldly formal, extremely wordy and ritualised worship; at the other end of the spectrum you have the extremely emotional and shallow worship which focuses on the experiential, the fleeting and the here and now.

Eusebius, Bishop of Caesarea, in his Ecclesiastic History states that Saint Mark first came to Egypt between the first and third year of the reign of Emperor Claudius, which would make it sometime between AD 41 and 44, and that he returned to Alexandria some twenty years later to preach and evangelize.

The average Westerner finds the popular images of Buddhism and Eastern mysticism extremely appealing – the meditation which seems to promise a retreat from the stress and strains of life, the ‘quietness’ and apparent inner peace that appear to offer a refuge from the frenetic pace of life, and the seemingly inner spiritual depth and harmony that provide an anchor in the storms of life.“Atheism is, of course, a Greek word,” he explained.“It started out as a negative term but I think there is evidence that people positively identified as that, using that word.Does it not seem eminently sensible, and wise even, to incorporate the best elements of Buddhism into Christianity?This, however, is unfounded optimism and ultimately leads to a practice of Christianity that bears little resemblance to historic Christianity.

The average Westerner finds the popular images of Buddhism and Eastern mysticism extremely appealing – the meditation which seems to promise a retreat from the stress and strains of life, the ‘quietness’ and apparent inner peace that appear to offer a refuge from the frenetic pace of life, and the seemingly inner spiritual depth and harmony that provide an anchor in the storms of life.“Atheism is, of course, a Greek word,” he explained.“It started out as a negative term but I think there is evidence that people positively identified as that, using that word.Does it not seem eminently sensible, and wise even, to incorporate the best elements of Buddhism into Christianity?This, however, is unfounded optimism and ultimately leads to a practice of Christianity that bears little resemblance to historic Christianity.“Nothing great is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig.