`Secularism' Church's Greatest Threat

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Toronto

The greatest challenge for the church is the growth of "extreme secularism," said the new leader of the Armenian Orthodox Church on a recent visit to Toronto.

His Holiness Karekin I, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, speaking here on his first visit to Canada as head of the Armenian Church, said that people are drifting away from human values.

"People, because of technical domination of the modern world, are gradually seeing human values with less importance than the value of high technology."

Quoting from The Seventh Enemy, a book by English author Ronald Higgins, the patriarch pointed out six threats to the world: poverty, hunger, nuclear threat, environmental pollution, scarcity of natural resources and the extreme advance of technology. The seventh, he said, was human beings' incapacity to solve the other six.

"We don't have any kind of structure - global structure - to deal with them," he said. "If we deal with them nationally, people are going to drift away from human values in our faith as a Christian church."

The patriarch added that people no longer recognize standards of absolute truth in their current permissive society. …