Friday, July 20, 2007

Armenians and Arminians

Oh my, this is good. Read the headlines for Tuesday's 'news': Armenians protest being called Arminians. An excerpt:

YEREVAN, ARMENIA - "No more slander!" "Stop the confusion!" "We aren't going to take it anymore!" and "Speak and write more precisely!"

These were some of the slogans being shouted at a non-violent protest in the capital city of Armenia last week. This protest is the first in Yerevan since its struggle for independence following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. While that struggle was political, this one is theological. Some people would say this is no big deal, but for the citizens of Armenia, this is a matter of truth and integrity.

Armenia is a small, landlocked country located between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea. It is an ancient society that has faced much hardship over the years. Armenia's latest battle is one for its very name.

The leaders of the Armenian Apostolic Church, which was founded in the first century, told TBNN, "Our church was founded by two apostles of the Lord. Armenia was the first country in the world to adopt Christianity as its state religion, in the year 301 AD. We have no historic connection with the Roman Catholic Church or any of the Protestant churches of the west. Why, then, do people constantly refer to us as Arminians?"


Read more about it here

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