marc hanna Wrote:You are correct in saying that the statement is reactive, as is most of our doctrine.
I think I am speaking in my post more to the "mindset" behind the reactiveness of the statement, and the reactiveness in most of our doctrine, as it relates to some factions found in Orthodox today.
It is what some in Orthodoxy today call "the Orthodox Mind" that I would like to better understand. It seems like the ones who use this expression the most appear to be characterized not so much by a spirit of love; but, by a spirit of "defensiveness and divisiveness." Possibly, as you may agree there is a good kind of divisiveness and a bad kind. I am wondering if the bad kind of divisiveness (that may resemble more a separatist or isolationist mentality) has its roots in some of what we are discussing now. Some, including myself, feel that there is a good kind of ecumenicalism and a bad kind. I guess I am wondering about the possibility that what we see in Orthodoxy today, in terms of say, relations between my church and yours, as well what we see in terms of Orthodox Evangelism . . . may have it's roots in the reactiveness/defensiveness that characterized it from these times.
I don't think this is something to dismiss quickly. I think there is a correlation here.