Modern Trials to Our Ancient Faith : When Cynicism is ‘Sin-a-cism’

Modern Trials to Our Ancient Faith : When Cynicism is ‘Sin-a-cism’


Cynicism was once a school of ancient Greek philosophy that promoted virtue and living in simple agreement with nature. Like many words that once held a different meaning, cynicism today means skepticism, jaded negativity, and a general distrust of the integrity and motive of others. Sin means to “fall short” or “miss the mark.” How do the two relate? What about modern cynicism can cause us to think and live in a way that makes us fall short of how we should think and live? What is the difference between skepticism, or healthy skepticism, and cynicism? How does cynicism affect the mind and heart? This week we will address these questions and more as we explore this prevalent attitude of much of society.
Start Time: 11:30 (class typically runs until 12:30 but people are free to join and leave whenever they wish
Suggested Readings
· John 1:43-51
· 1 Corinthians 1:22-25

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About author

Michael Haldas

Michael Haldas is the author of Sacramental Living: Understanding Christianity as a Way of Life, and Echoes of Truth Christianity in the Lord of the Rings. Michael’s focus is on understanding and applying our faith to everyday living, which supports OCN’s mission to provide material “to provoke discussion and contemplation about the issues we face in daily life.” His work has been featured in Theosis Magazine, The National Herald, Pravmir, and other publications. He is a member of the Orientale Lumen Foundation and the Orthodox Speakers Bureau. He teaches adult religious education at Greek Orthodox Church of St. George in Bethesda, Maryland and his classes are Live-streamed through OCN’s Facebook page each Sunday September through June. He has also worked with the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Religious Education Department to create educational lessons and materials.