Day: February 4, 2016

Why do people say, “Call it pedophilia, not childlove” when the word “pedophilia” is Greek for “childlove”?

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Posted in categories: English, Linguistics

Just because two words have identical semantics, does not mean they have identical connotations. Pedophilia in modern society has extremely negative connotations. It didn’t have negative connotations when it was coined in Ancient Greece, because it was coined under different cultural norms. Words carry with them the connotations that a culture puts on them. Advocates […]

What is the difference between Orthodox Christianity and other forms of Christianity?

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Posted in categories: Culture, Mediaeval Greek

Oriental Orthodoxy and Church of the East have Christological differences from other Christian churches. The Church of the East (Assyrian) rejects the Council of Ephesus  (Christ–God is the same being as Christ–Man), and Oriental Orthodoxy rejects the Council of Chalcedon (Christ–God is a distinct nature from Christ–Man). This diagram in Non-Chalcedonianism  helps: Non-Chalcedonianism . The […]

Are Greeks an ethnoreligious group?

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Posted in categories: History, Modern Greek

Weeell… in the Ottoman Empire (and in the Byzantine Empire before it), identity was primarily credal, organised as Millets (Ottoman Empire). As far as everyone in the Ottoman Empire was concerned, there were: Muslims Franks (Catholic) Romans (Orthodox) Armenians Jews See Albanians or Bulgarians in that list? Me neither. In fact, Bulgarians were only able […]