[quote=Stylteralmaldo]Yes, we will be one again!..
…With the Orthodox, re-unity almost seems like pulling teeth…we’re so close to being the same…yet why the hold up? Because of the similarities, they feel that they are already following how the early Christians did…so why is it important to make that leap?
It’s important alright…it’s just convincing them why that is the challenge.
Whatever else one might think, I admire the Orthodox for their own zeal in preserving the Apostolic Faith.
One must remember that the Protestant reformation began in the West, under conditions unique to the West. Protestants and Roman Catholics very nearly speak the same language, even in their disagreements. The two groups always know what the other means when they state something, the ground rules of discussion are set.
For example, disputes about the nature of justification derive from the Western notions of Original Sin among other things. We could place Augustine, Anselm, Aquinas, Luther and Calvin together in a room (might as well include Erasmus, John Knox and Cranmer) and they could probably go round and round debating in classical Latin indefinately. Imagine a big food fight with haggis, baguettes, salamis and bratwurst all flying across the room!
This isn’t true for Eastern Christians. Many Orthodox have come to believe that the Roman Catholic church is the first Protestant church! :eek: As shocking as that sounds it might explain some of the reticence the Orthodox have toward cozying up to Rome. The thinking is so different that the East and the West often do not share the same frame of reference.
From the Eastern point of view, the teachings of Anselm, Aquinas and Luther really have no place. It would take a whole lot more than I could say in this thread to explain all of this, and I am not quite the man for the job.