ransom over at saturated spaces has been looking into Orthodoxy lately. It’s a difficult journey that’s sometimes is quite painful. but as she stated in her last post,
Regardless where i decide to go with this i can’t deny that i’ve learned too much to be content where i am.
Once you get to a certain point you realize that’s there’s no going back. the proverbial blue pill if you will. :) anywho… here’s some things that are nice about Orthodoxy featured from the Christian Century, May 18, 2004 article featuring Eastern Orthodoxy.
There are good reasons why Western Christians have difficulty communicating with Orthodox Christians, says Ellen Cherry.
**The East had no Pelagian controversy, so the Orthodox could pursue the perfection of monasticism unhindered;
**Theology never became scholasticized there, so they don’t have the West’s preoccupation with theological method:
**They experienced no reformation, so doctrinal differences are not for them the engine that drives institutional maintenance;
**They never had to confront modernity, so doubt about God never shook their theological verities.
**Salvation for the Orthodox was never seen as an individualistic escape from hell, but as participation in God’s restoration of the world, just as it had been understood in the patristic era.
**Orthodox theology is not captive to the academy; it is directed toward the life of the church, especially prayer and worship.
**Without having gone through the Enlightenment, the Orthodox are more confident about the human possibility of knowing and obeying God, and of God’s restoration of the world (Theology Today, April).