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Updated 01.11.2012

Last time (04.10.2012) the people protesting the “blasphemous” play “Corpus Christi” promised to return with more support (some claimed that they would be complemented by Golden Dawn members; Greece’s resident ultranationalistic, if not fascist party). Yesterday afternoon they made good on their promise.

News agencies speak of a crowd of around 50-100 people gathering outside the theatre; among them the Golden Dawn MPs Elias Panayotaros and Christos Pappas (the same one who brought the Elder Pastitsios issue to Parliament). The reports speak of 4 MPs of Golden Dawn, but the other two are not mentioned by name and I didn’t see any of them in the videos.

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Heavily edited on 08.10.2012

Today we have the latest chapter in the rekindling of religious censorship in Greece, after the incident with Elder Pastitsios. You may remember this piece of news. It happened a couple of months ago, in June, when several actors that took part in the “Corpus Christi” play were arrested on charges of blasphemy. Well, there have been developments.

According to TVXS.gr yesterday (04.10.2012) the accused appeared before a court to defend the play, since the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece didn’t think their remorseful press release was enough and finally filed for a restraining order on the grouds of blaspheming against Christ and demanding the play be cancelled.

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Biblical Apocrypha
and Pseudepigrapha

Welcome to the second installment of the series on the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the christian and hebrew literary tradition.

This time we will take a look at the apocryphon called “The Ascension of Isaiah”, which as you will soon see, is a christian acid trip about a supposed prophetic vision by Isaiah about Jesus, just before he got turned into sliced salami.

“The Vision of the Prophet Isaiah” from an orthodox icon.
Source: “Ορθόδοξοι Ορίζοντες”

The text is readily available in English and the translation that is usually found is one published by Robert Henry Charles in 1900, based on several ethiopian, greek and latin manuscripts. The book is now in the public domain and can be freely read or downloaded at this address. Keep in mind that most transcripts on the web contain several errors, mainly due to sloppy copy-pasting and poor OCR in the PDF. I have made sure to correct all of them in my transcript and I have also modernized the language (Charles favours KJV English).

Links for the original texts can be found further down or accessed from the main index for the series.

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This post is a translation of an article I wrote in Greek back in 2010

Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) was a French mathematician and physicist and made great progress in the formulation of the laws of probability. At the same time he was also part of the dispute between Jansenites and Jesuits and for this reason he wrote his famous book “Thoughts” (Pensées) which contains the now infamous “Pascal’s Wager”

Typically the Wager is quoted as such: “If you bet on God’s existence and he indeed exists, you win everything; otherwise yoy lose nothing”. Needless to say that Pascal wrote a lot more stuff than a single sentence on the matter. You can read it below and I will make my comments afterwards (the numbers in square brackets are marked sentences to be used later for commenting). You can read the entire book at Project Guttenberg.

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Πριν από ένα χρόνο περίπου έγραψα αυτό το άρθρο σχολιάζοντας το απόκρυφο έργο “Αποκάλυψη Μωυσέως” που διηγείται τη ζωή του Αδάμ και της Εύας μετά την Πτώση που παραλείπει να μας διηγηθεί η Γένεση. Τον τελευταίο καιρό όμως αξιώθηκα να ξαναδιαβάσω προσεκτικότερα το κείμενο, ενώ έπεσε στα χέρια μου και ένα λατινικό κείμενο με παρεμφερές περιεχόμενο. Το αποτέλεσμα ήταν να αναθεωρήσω εντελώς το άρθρο που έγραψα.

About a year ago I posted this article with comments about the apocryphal book “Apocalypse of Moses” which narrates the life of Adam and Eve that is missing from the book of Genesis. However, I lately ended up reading the text again (and more carefully this time) and I also managed to find a latin text with similar content. So I decided to scrap the article and start from scratch.

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