@Political Interest , regarding your contributions;
Thank you. I hope it can be of some service.
No problem, it helps more than you know perhaps.
And regarding the identity of the Muslim leader you spoke of, you replied;
That is him, yes. Sheikh Imran Hosein has opposed the conversion of Hagia Sophia into a mosque and also criticised the janissary institution. It seems he is also open to dialogue with Christians.
Yes i've seen several of his videos online, and it appears that he is not of the sort who engages in a false ecumenism, which clergy of different faiths engage in when they begin to believe in none of them, but rather that he sees a definite unfolding of Islam's eschatological dimension-in which the Muslims have an ally for a time at least in the ''Romans'', and is applying it to present and ongoing events.
You commented in response to my concern that things in the West became dire after the Roman Schism in 1054 AD that;
Sadly I think such trajectories were established in the West well before the Schism.
The history of heresy as it falls away from the true Catholic Church of the Orthodox faith is such that it can last in an indefinite state attempting to overcome the Faith for a good 50 to 300 years, as with the heresy of Iconoclasm. Then it dies out or becomes something else, with the older assembly hanging on for a little while. So that is what happened with Papism, it started around 800 AD as a tendency or cluster of Western tendencies which fully developed and became clear in 1054 AD. Protestantism started up as the full expression of this really in the 1400's with the Hussites and John Wycliffe, then later Martin Luther and John Calvin in the 1500's. Some 300 years later give or take, from Protestantism grew Mormonism as the theological end state of the Western spiritual culture.
Regarding Western morals and social responsibility;
Apparently it is a custom in the North Caucasus that you stand when an elder enters the room. The moral universe is simply too different.
I'd say, an immoral universe. It was more like the Caucasian standard in my grandfather's time, and it may return somewhat to that type of respectful behavior, but I think it'll take some severe shocks to the system for that to happen.
It is very much cultivated over the generations and it is almost as if it has established itself into the DNA of people.
Seems that way, that's why I get frustrated at places like PoFo, where I feel like a stranger in a strange land, and so many conversations feel like a mutual incomprehension or aversion even to the idea of absolute truth itself on the part of some.
Mormonism is a quintessentially American religion.
Yes it is, which is why I think it is successful to an incredible degree in the Western world where other beliefs struggle to survive. It has a myth and a narrative that appeals to the natural man of the Western world, a narrative that they already tend to believe about themselves and about reality, the historical details alone being a slight hindering to their conversion, in an age in which many people in the West know very little history to begin with.
Anyone who opposes this social contract can be met with very aggressive opposition. Individual autonomy and free choice are held up as almost scared principles. It's like a secular religion.
Yes, and when you can transpose those ideas into a religion like Mormonism as if they had divine sanction, those principles are seen as literally sacred scriptures. To Mormons, the American Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights, are Sacred in the same sense they hold the Bible and the Book of Mormon and other documents, as being holy also.
Regarding my belief in the power of prayer;
And for this I am grateful.
Thank you, I do believe that it works and is answered in some fashion.
But man is a fickle and disreputable creature and perhaps, like a chess-player, is interested in the process of attaining his goal rather than the goal itself.