Orthodoxy: Unbruised by the Culture Wars
Why aren't Orthodox Christians fighting over gay marriage, women priests, and more? Because we accept the wisdom of the past.
02/12/2010 05:59:31 PM
Good article. The only thing is, I bet if you looked hard enough you could find unorthodox Orthodox who want to make the Orthodox Church unorthodox... However, Catholicism is by far the biggest Church in the United States with roughly a quarter of the population. That menas that if we said that 1 percent of all Catholics are nuts, that would be A LOT of nuts. Where 1 percent of Orthodox are nuts, you end up with few nuts... Also, a lot of people infilitrate the Catholic Church to sabatoge it, because it is a powerful institution. Orthodox Church in America is not so worldly powerful, of course you have true power where it really counts, in Christ. With all that being said, I think it is important to realise that the Catholic Church is like the Orthodox Church in that it cannot change the faith once handed down. This means, simply, there will never be women ordination or gay priests etc. As a matter of fact, the Orthodox and Catholic Church are, in my opinion, identical in faith. Some claim that they hold differnt beliefs about certian things but in truth these teachings that are supposedly at odds with each other are tiny compared to the outlandish things protestants believe. My point is, the Catholic Church never changes its teaching either. We do develop a greater understanding of a teaching. This is not the same as changing a teaching or inventing a teaching. For example, at the council of Jerusalem Peter and James did not teach the wrong faith but they didnot fully understand it. This is evident because Peter and James refused to eat with gentiles etc. Paul pointed out that that action was not in line with orthodox teaching so Peter and James gained a deeper understanding of what it meant to be Catholic. This essentially happened at every council.
03/20/2009 11:19:53 PM
This is an excellent article. I'm surprised no one has commented on it since 2005! Is the Orthodox Church in the same state as it was in 2005?
10/12/2005 12:01:31 AM
As a member of a smaller Orthodox church (Armenian Apostolic), this was an interesting article to read. In the late 1990's (I can't remember the exact year, our equivalent of the Catholic Pope (we have 2) from Antelias, Lebanon made his first visit to America since his elevation. One interesting thing about that trip was a community meeting of sorts that allowed the young people to ask questions of him. Abortion was a topic that was brought up (though I don't remember the specifics of the response).
08/29/2005 11:07:56 AM
"My one regret? That I didn’t do it sooner." That's me all over.
08/24/2005 12:57:21 AM
The lady's right. We should be focusing less on this stuff like gay marriage and abortion and focus more on our own spiritual lives and beings.