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Photis Kontoglou, Christianity and Islam - Two related, yet different religions
From: Photis Kontoglou, Works, v. 6 (Mystical Flowers), Athens 1992, 4th edition, pp. 31-42.
Introduction and translation by Ellopos
WHEN the time of the Fall was near, and the Emperor was after Western help which he never received, Byzantines, people and clergy, were just saying that “we prefer the turkish turban from the latine tiara”, remembering what Byzantium suffered with the sack of Constantinople by papal crusaders in 1204; compared with that, a spiritual rather than material damage, even Turkish atrocities seemed better. Here follow excerpts from a text by Photis Kontoglou explaining some points of the aversion of Byzantium for papacy, and the relative sympathy for Islam, despite even islamic violence.
So long as Orthodoxy exists in the hearts of people, this aversion will increase as the Orthodox clergy (the genius heads of it) turn to a union with Papacy, a union that will end with the destruction of Orthodoxy and all Christianity as such, leaving faith to be an object of vain scientific observation and equally vain keep of some customs by the clergy, a living reality in the hearts of only a few, absent from society as such, as happens already in the West.
Kontoglou, Christianity and Islam
“Eastern peoples are more religious”, an ancient writes, wishing to say that Easterners are more religious than people in the West, in Europe. Note that East is also the Balkans together with Russia.
To an Easterner feeling is more intense than reasoning, while the opposite happens with a European; and since faith regards heart and not reasoning, Easterners are more religious than Europeans, and thus religions were born in the East, none of them in the West.
Westerners are rationalists, which is why they were devoted to positive knowledge, to sciences, and made a progress there, today leading the whole world to their way. Those among them that make a difference and they don’t believe only in their senses, turn to the East, because they discover there a spring to drink, who are thirsty for mysteries beyond the investigation of reasoning.
Cf. Pope Benedict XVI, The Papal Science * The union of Orthodoxy with Papacy : a discussion