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November 2014

Orthodox Christianity

Orthodox Christianity Now, why do I relate this vignette to you? I tell it to you because it illustrates, in a concrete way, something that’s crucial for us as Christians—and particularly as Orthodox Christians—to understand. It’s important for us as Christians, living in this modern Western culture, this bizarre and confused culture, to understand this thing. It’s important because there’s a teaching, a doctrine of the contemporary worldview, that’s very much at odds with our Christian understanding, with the understanding of the Church. But for most people this contemporary doctrine is hidden. It’s unnoticed by most people, and so they may fall prey to the lie upon which so much of the modern worldview, modern culture, rests. The lie is called “relativism;” and it says that any man’s understanding of reality, any man’s “truth,” is as good as any other man’s. Relativism was articulated by Friedrich Nietzsche, a German philosopher who lived in the nineteenth century, and whose thinking has been immensely influential. Relativism says that there’s no final standard of truth: there’s no final reality. It says that there’s no real truth. That there’s no transcendent beauty. That, ultimately, life is without meaning. So we’re all free to interpret the world in any way that seems good to us. Further, because life is meaningless, Nietzsche says—and he says this very plainly—while morality and religion are okay for the little, inferior people, to keep them complacent; the superior man, the man who really understands life, is not bound by such foolishness. Such a man ought to spend his life in pursuit of the expansion of his personal power and the gratification of his desires. Because that’s all that’s left to us in a world that’s meaningless and, finally, absurd. Fr. Seraphim Rose, a contemporary Orthodox monk, wrote a strident little book about this whole topic, about Neitzsche and his teachings and their vast influence on this culture in which we live, and the damage they have inflicted on people. Nietzsche, incidentally, died by suicide. Today, in this relativistic culture, in which all sorts of worldviews coexist; in a culture that has become an emporium of world views—just pick the view that suits your fancy, or make up your own—we are expected to tolerate (and even encourage) all sorts of things that (to speak plainly) are outrageous and foul. Things that are forbidden by our Faith. Things that our Faith tells us are abhorrent and damaging to our souls. Things that have been understood in our Tradition from the beginning, for thousands of years, to darken our souls and dull our spiritual vision. Part 3 Next Month The Treasure Hunter “Don’t do it... without checking with me first” Milton Sawyer 252-722-6078 Cash Buyer Gold & Silver Jewelry & Coins Inquiries to St. George’s Orthodox Church, Edenton, NC. Telephone 482-2006 The AT reaches 60k readers each month in printed and social media Ken and learn how. Question of the Month Email your thoughts to and we will publish the most interesting ones in our next issue! Last Month’s Question: Do you think people on flights from countries that have ebola should be quarantined? Do you think that ISIS is in the USA? I do believe that there is ISIS here in America. My mom’s ex-husband’s brother’s wife is named Isis. She is probably not a terrorist, but she does sell beads and other crafts at pike place market, and she smokes pot. But that’s not a crime anymore in Washington state. Case, Houston I think they are here. It is easy to sneak into this country so who knows how many sleeper cells are waiting to act. We need to wake up in this country and start protecting what we have beforeit is taken away. Bob, Camden 8 Albemarle Tradewinds November 2014

1992 Fleetwood New fridge, Micro, A/C & Stove Phone # : 252-267-6460 $10,000 Trucks In The 252 - Spare Parts Spare Parts Mud Racing team consists of a group of close friends and families that have a passion for mud racing! These friends, men and women, love the sport and family oriented action that mud racing provides. They all have enjoyed playing in the mud with everything from golf carts, four wheelers, trucks, and even derby cars and tuff trucks. By: Robert Heikens Spare Parts started out building a purple Chevy pick-up truck pulled out of the woods by Eddie and Sherry Wissman, Paul Garrenton, and Tom Bowen. The truck was built with “spare parts” lying around Eddie’s shop! This truck started it all and soon other friends wanted to do the same, they all came together and built several other trucks. Now the team consists of Eddie & Sherry, Paul Garrenton, Casey Carr, Chris Connie, J.P. & Jen Marshall, J.R.Rishel, and Tom Bowen who has since moved to Michigan but still comes back to race and visit. Spare Parts runs several trucks that include their famous “pink truck” called “Save a Rack” which is a square bodied, stock 350 ci. motor running 4.88 gears with lockers in the street class. Casey Carr’s truck,”Down To The Wire”, is a white ‘88 Chevy truck with stock suspension, Dana 60 front end,14 bolt rear on 44 inch tires. Sporting a Buster Melson Racing engine big block Chevy motor, this truck has plenty of power for the super street class. Paul Garrenton occasionally runs a ‘87 Suzuki Samari with a self proclaimed 1.6 liter motor of Pure Fury, running tractor style tires but is also building a new, four link truck with a Buster Melson Racing engine in it for next year. J.p. & Jen Marshall salvaged a ‘96 Suburban from Obx Chevrolet and have competed at Monster’s on the Beach and five tuff truck competitions with Jen driving over Mother’s Day weekend at Monster’s on the Beach! Chris Connie has an ‘80 model Jeep CJ 5 with half ton running gear that he runs in tuff trucks. Tom Bowen and his ‘89 leaf sprung Dodge, Big block, one ton running gear truck still runs in Michigan but is in the middle of rebuilding his truck now. These friends have been hunting, fishing, competing in bbq competitions, racing, and hanging out together for fifteen years. Spare Parts Bbq has completed in several competitions and placed 7th out of 68 competitors at their first event in Little Washington, N.C at the “Smoke on the Water” event! Hometown, hard working, life loving, redneck, back yard racers with hearts of gold sums up this group of friends. They work and play hard and always have a good time together! That’s what the sport of mud racing is all about! Albemarle Tradewinds November 2014 9