Monday, October 20, 2008

Two on the Eastern churches
  • Fr Philip Najim: Iraq has become a place of death for Christians, which regular readers here already knew. In secular Iraq Christians were free to practise. The occupational forces in Iraq... contribute to destabilizing the country. From John Boyden.
  • Probably too little, too late but a London exhibition on the eastern Roman Empire’s art tries to set the record straight, correcting Gibbon’s lies. Renaming it Byzantine centuries afterwards was a way of obscuring it. It was the Roman Empire, in the end in about the same sense that Taiwan is the Republic of China. The Pope’s attacked today but the Orthodox are ignored or worse partly because of Gibbon, or anti-Eastern European bias is older than the recent Red Scares/Cold War. From LRC.

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