Friday, May 26, 2006

This Week's NATIONAL ETIQUETTE AWARD goes to... Armenia!

Armenian Page in Wikipedia

World Factbook: Armenia

Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs


I hereby grant the National Etiquette Award to Armenia, as it is the norm in that country to remove shoes in homes.

Hitler once sneered, 'Who remembers the Armenians?' Indeed, most people in the west know little of Armenia. What is most known about Armenia is the applling genocide that was carried out by the Turks against the Armenians between 1915 and 1918. Over a million Armeninas are thought to have died according to some. The Turkish government officially denies this was genocide, maintianing that it was the inevitable consequence of civil war. Armenians have been campaigning for 30 years to secure recognition of the genocide. The majority of historians maintain that documentary evidence supports the Armenian claim.

Armenian was the first officially Christian country. The Armenian Apostolic Church is distinct from the Orthodox Chruches of Greece and Russia, being part of the Oriental Orthodox tradition. This goes back to the Monophysite controversy in the early centuries of church history. Armenia gave America one of the more controversial Reformed theologians of our time in the form of Rousas Rushdoony, the great advocate of Theonomic Reconstruction.

Armenia has an ancient tradtion of wine-making and other alcoholic beverages are very popular in Armenia.

The Armenian disapora is very large; there are Armenians living all over the world, including the USA.

10 comments:

The IBEX Scribe said...

It's not just the Turkish government that denies the Armenian genocide - the Turkish people do, too, vehemently (my university has a relationship with some Turkish universities and there are a lot of exchange students). They claim that there weren't even that many Armenians living in Turkey at the time. What is apparent in history is that a lot of people died, and one side had an army. If you dare make reference to any such "genocide" in print in Turkey you can expect to pay for it. There is an Armenian Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem, and when I was there they had posters up everywhere reminding people of the Armenian genocide.

There were a handful of Armenians at my high school, as I recall.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Very true, Angie. It touches on Turkish national pride.

God Bless

Matthew

Redeemed said...

Yayyyyy for Armenia. I always have to cheer!!!

There is a small population of Armenians in Lebanon. As for the genocides that occured, that is most horrible. I think you nail it, the Turkish will never take up responsibility, it touches national pride.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Sarah, I would have been very surpised if you did not know some Armenians.

God Bless

Matthew

Ryan S. said...

I don't care for Arminian theology ;-)

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

If you are talking about Wesleyanism, I certainly hate that theology. I read Wesley's 44 Sermons. There was barely a paragraph of grace in it. It is mostly just about what the Christian must do.

Every Blessing in Christ

Matthew

Redeemed said...

I know a few armenians here also (Mtl)!

My mother attends an Armenian Bible study once a month. Incidently, it's tomorrow night. It's in English, but mostly Armenians attend. Pretty neat, eh!?

Armenian food is quite good. Mommy usually brings me back some left-overs from her study!

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

That sounds good.

It must be very strange living in a country where there is so much ethnic diversity.

We have loads of Pakistani people in Worcester, but they tend to keep to their own community and do not mix much. Apart form that, it is just some Chinese and Eastern European labourers.

Every Blessing in Christ

Matthew

Redeemed said...

Think of it as a big UN summit. lol

It's not strange, or maybe I don't find it strange because I have grown up with it. I mostly enjoy the ethnic diversity you find at the church.

English Canadian, French Canadian, Americans, Portuguese, Greeks, Italians, Lebanese, Latin Americans, and some Chinese, all come together as a big fat happy family of the Lord. I love it!!!!

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Yes, that must be nice.