Now I don’t know much about the Orthodox faith and I am still learning it. But it seems to me a lot of understanding of the faith and how everything is built up is based on a political environment and culture that is more secular than the West. Take for example marriage, which is one of the few things I have learned so far. It seems that the Eastern understanding of marriage is separate from the secular understanding so much so that it can co-exist side-by-side with a secular view on marriage without affecting how Christian marriage is viewed. But in the West it seems the view on marriage is that it’s either a Christian marriage or its not a marriage at all. I think this is a product of a Church that has had a higher authority than the secular powers for a long period of time, as opposed to the East where the secular powers have never bowed down to the Church completely.
Is this an accurate understanding? And what do you guys think of my conclusion, which is the subject of the thread?