Monday, September 22, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
On the Differences of Western Religious Art and Orthodox Iconography by Paul Azkoul
"I would like to discuss, as an Orthodox iconographer, why the religious art that comes from Western secular societies seeks to simply portray images of Christ, Mary, the Theotokos, and His saints as naturalistic beings, bereft of any special dignity, or divinity, that is, their depiction of these holy men and women, ignorance of the true theology of what Christian art really is and how it is achieved... ."
Friday, September 12, 2008
"St. Louis businessman Nicholas Karakas donated $1.5 million to the University of Missouri-St. Louis to endow a chair in Byzantine and Orthodox Studies that will allow the university to offer a comprehensive study of the history, culture, politics and individuals of the Byzantine Empire in Europe. UMSL said an international search is currently underway to fill the position.
"The idea of establishing the chair of Byzantine and Orthodox studies was to expose this era of world history, a span of some 1,000 years, providing an inside view of the society and culture during that period of state and church," Karakas said in a statement.
Over the past 15 years the Greek philanthropist has contributed to Greek language scholarships and the establishment of the Nicholas and Theodora Matsakis Hellenic Cultural Center and the Sam Nakis Memorial Lecture in Greek Studies. Karakas is a member of the Chancellor's Council and serves as chairman of the Greek Professorship Advisory Committee. He was also chair of his family's business, Marcus Distributors, which distributed candy, tobacco and grocery products. He served as president and board member of the Missouri Association and the National Association of Tobacco Distributors, and has served on numerous community organizations' boards, including the Mathews-Dickey Boys' & Girls' Club of St. Louis. "
See: http://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/stories/2008/05/19/daily24.html and