We are all phyletists now

One of the more common criticisms of Orthodoxy is that it is ethnic and phyletist.  That it divides the faithful simply along ethnic jurisdictions.  Or even worse, when one church refuses communion with another simply based on ethnicity.  These are common criticisms of Orthodoxy but they are almost always made by people who have no clue about the situation.  The church that I considered going to was entirely Greek (which was why there were about eight members there) and really didn’t seem interested in making the faith intelligible to the outside community.   However, they were quite friendly to me and urged me to come back.

What is ironic is that American evangelical churches have their own phyletism:  go to an American church, especially a conservative one, on Memorial Day and July 4.  Tell me that it isn’t a crass celebration, not of Jesus, but of Washington.

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