Dear Fr. Gregory,
The site being referred to is one which advertises itself as a scholarly one dedicated to Patristics, and our purpose in being there is precisely so
Quote:about a desire to understand the other, and to be understood.
The frustration came not from the intolerance, but from the insistence that only one, very partial, reading of Patristic texts was allowable; and yes, I fear that I am partial to a good intellectual argument!
I suspect that at certain levels of interaction things are easier, and the internet certainly brings its own strange dynamic to bear. Dialogue does, indeed, require a willingness to listen to others, and to try to understand what it is they are saying; very often it is more similar to one's own position than the language they are using might lead you to think. The injunction to love one another is, alas, too often ignored.
In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (1 John 4:10)