The Church of the Imagination
I know I'm probably missing the mark here with my post, but I gave the article a quick read and nothing jumped out at me more than the conclusion, namely the writing on "the church of the imagination."
And, now, I'm using a certain tone, when I suggest a possible lack of awareness of the author of the article as he writes of the nature, limits, and boundaries of a church of the imagination in terms of a Western mindset. I don't know who the author is or what his affiliations are; but, it doesn't take long for one to find out that there is a church of the imagination in both the West and the East.
Maybe that is why I am attracted to the BOC, because the BOC folks that I have met here on this forum seem to be grounded in reality, tell it like it *is,* and best of all NO PRETENSE.
I think some, like myself were ignorant of certain aspects of Orthodoxy . . . we read books coming in and we would have to allow some room for the charge of "romanticized, idealized, etc." We thought we were reading about the way Orthodoxy *is* but after we got in we found out that that was incorrect. What we read about was the way it *oughtta be.* So how could some of us not come in with a high degree of idealism and unreal expectations? The travel brochure did not match the destination.
From what I know, from a distance, I would think that if there was an examination of this point, as it relates to the reality of the BOC, then we would find that the BOC would stand up very well in terms of not adding members to the church of the imagination or the church of pretense.