Unlike many who have “looked into” Orthodoxy and for whatever reason decided not to join, I don’t have an axe to grind with that communion. For the most part I am quite appreciative. Further, many of the Protestant critiques of Orthodoxy are quite bad and do more to convince the seeker to join EOdox.
For my own part, my take is simply to relativize a lot of Orthodoxy’s claims and approaches. The goal is not to show that EO is wrong. I know I am quite stupid for the most part and in all probability, I am the one in error. Stupid though I may be, some things I can see clearly. I am more interested in showing difficulties that warrant justification against joining now. In other words, in light of the difficulties below (and there are more to follow). Let’s consider:
1. Many traditionalist communities (Rome and EO) say we can’t “know” the bible “truly” unless we are part of that communion. That’s not a far-fetched claim. If the church “produced” the Bible, then the church, so the argument goes, has the right to interpret the Bible.
~1. If that’s the case, why do you quote the bible in apologetics against the non-Orthodox, since they can’t understand it anyway?
2. People like myself who ask logical questions are accused of importing a Western, rationalistic framework onto theology instead of just “beholding the mystery.”
~2. Yet these same people will write very logical and cogent arguments.