THE GOD CONNECTION
____IS GOD REAL OR AN ILLUSION?
My father, named Elias after the Hebrew prophet, was born to Greek Orthodox parents living in Kiutahia, Turkey, in 1899. He followed the faith of his people until he grew up to become a tall, thin young man with high forehead and eyeglasses, a young “logios,” intellectual and literary. He read Plato, Aristotle, Nietsche, Schopenhaur, and Bergson, published stories and articles in Smyrna magazines, and along the way lost faith in what the priests taught. Elias remained dryly kind, compassionate and charitable all his life, but stood aside in the practice of religion. He declared himself an agnostic, non-believer.
“Infidel!” my mother Georgia called him when she was mad at him. She was born and raised in Sampsous, Turkey, of Greek parents, and was short, plump and ebullient. She was a devout Greek Orthodox like her mother before her.