It’s been a long time since I last posted here, mostly because I’ve become ridiculously swamped by annoying things like ‘work’ and ‘education’ (fatuous, empty pursuits that they are). But I’ve been sitting on this one for a while – a brief list of some interesting Coptic blogs. I’ve been putting off publishing it because I keep stumbling across yet other great Coptic blogs, but I can always do a follow up post later with some more. So here, for your enjoyment, is a brief (and far from comprehensive) tour of the Coptic Blogosphere:
What happens when you take an ancient Christian community like the Copts and sprinkle its population in countries which are entirely alien (culturally, linguistically, socially, religiously) to its two-thousand year history? Do the Copts form an impenetrable bubble, draw themselves in and cut themselves off from the evil forces of the strange, new world around it? Sadly, sometimes the answer is yes, and the result is a community which is strong as iron internally, but totally incapable of speaking to the world around it. The bubble becomes a tomb. But the Copts would never have survived 2000 years if they didn’t possess something stronger than the winds of cultural change; we clearly have something which can withstand even the most violent and hostile intellectual and cultural environments. I don’t just mean that Copts are able to survive radical cultural changes by retreating into bunkers; I mean that no matter where you place them, they will find that they have something to say to the culture around them which is relevant and important. And that is no small feat for a two-thousand year old community that has its roots in a time when the Roman Emperor still ruled Egypt and the main alternative to Christianity was not atheism, but paganism.
The best evidence for this is the ‘Coptic blogosphere’. In this post, I’ve collected a sample (by no means comprehensive) of some of the most interesting and informative Coptic blogs from around the world. I am bound to have missed some good ones though, so please put forward any that I have missed (either your own or blogs that you like) in the comments. I should note that because I’ve limited myself to Coptic blogs here, I’ve left out all the really fantastic blogs from the wider Orthodox world, which would require another post altogether. I’m also immensely proud to point out that there is an equal number of male and female bloggers in the list that follows. So without further ado, here is my whirlwind tour of the Coptic Blogosphere – for each blog, I’ve included one post which I think sums up why their blog is worth reading: Continue reading