An unworthy Deacon, named for the brother of God: James, striving to "work out his salvation with fear and trembling" within the Tradition (paradosis) of the Eastern Orthodox Faith. It is a strange and marvelous journey, and I am accompanied by the fourfold fruit of my fecundity. My wife, the Matushka or Diaconissa Sophia, is my beloved partner in the pursuit of Theosis, and she ranks me in every way.
Astonishingly enough, it's true that ideas have consequences. World views have HUGE ones. Interesting article on The Dehumanizing Impact of Modern Thought: Darwin, Marx, Nietzsche, and Their Followers The Expelled film got a great deal of flack for associating Darwinism with the Nazis, but I'm not sure anyone stopped to think what changing world views were evolving at that time that might have inspired ideas of a master race? Not to mention a certain little dash of humanism that was also not lacking - as I am learning - in Soviet communism.
Yes, friends, when secularists like to bring up issues such as crusades, inquisitions, and witch burnings...you may wish to remind them that people living in glass houses ought not to start throwing stones. Alas, nothing in humanism, darwinism, or atheism has anything to say that would dissuade one necessarily from any particular Hitler-esque final solution. Amidst such parties anyway, Hitchens is right: Religion poisons everything.
In AA, we learn that religion (in the sense of the vain attempt to appease an "angry' Deity via human effort, ritual, etc.) is for people who are trying to avoid Hell. Spirituality, on the other hand, (in the sense of actual mystical/etchical PRAXIS) is for those who have been there.
I realize that this can sound kind of generic, but when you listen to people for 12 hours a week or so who have been raised from the dead (almost literally), it begins to sink in, even into a Celtic blockhead like me.