Glory to Jesus Christ!
I have been wondering about this question for a long time and have discussed it with many people, Catholics, Orthodox and Protestants. In talking with them some have said that they find Orthodoxy more approachable to Protestants than Catholicism. It puzzles me a little bit. Even though I see Orthodoxy as the true, pure faith of the Apostles and believe it to be very open to people, I fail to see why Protestants would be more willing to approach it than the Roman Catholic Church.
After all, Protestants are “the daughters” so to speak of the Roman Church and I would think that they would be more familiar and comfortable with Rome. In some respects, Orthodoxy is tougher than Roman Catholicism in that we still maintain the strict fasting all the way back to the early Church, our liturgies are very long, we have our women cover their heads in Church, men are only allowed in the altar, some of our priests have ponytails and long shaggy beards, we may chant for lengthy periods of time (sometimes in other languages), there are many services to go to throughout the week, et al.
Please don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to discourage Protestants from looking at Orthodoxy, but it just seems to me like it would be much more foreign to them and harder to digest than Rome would be.
Why do you think that Protestants would be drawn to Orthodoxy? I’ll try to make the poll answers encompass many choices, but I’m limited in my ideas as to why. This thread/poll isn’t for polemical purposes or for intense debate, but rather discussion and perhaps, maybe, just maybe, some understanding between Christians.