As one who was often accused of convert-syndrome for the past four years, yet ultimately never converting, it is nevertheless interesting to watch how “converts” adapt parts of their theology and politics to distinguish themselves from their evangelical pasts. As a disclaimer, I understand that many Protestant communions are liberal. So what? By the same reasoning, we can say that EO leads to Communism, but in both cases it is a logical fallacy.
I’ve been watching some EO apologists online and on facebook. One in particular–D.W.–has come close to advocating state socialism. He praised the Supreme Court’s decision on Obamacare. This decision, mind you, effectively negated freedom in America. He has elsewhere attacked the idea of national borders as “racist,” never mind that Marx attacked the very same thing. He and others have embraced evolution (and by implication, rejected what the Bible, the Church, and the Fathers say about the image of God in man. Presumably we must now find such an image in squirrel monkeys, from whom we descended).
But this isn’t representative of all Orthodox, is it? Who knows? Is the Episcopal Church USA representative of all Protestants? If yes, then my above criticism applies across the board. If no, then one is no longer allowed to run genealogical critiques of Protestantism.
So how does the average Orthodox believer line up on the liberal scale? It’s really difficult to tell because, as Orthodox theologian Bradley Nassif concedes, few really know what the church teaches on this matter. Are there Presbyterians who are ignorant? Sure, but they belong to liberal communions. Baptists–by their own admission–do not count as Protestants. Corollary: the so-called “20,000” protestant denominations are almost entirely Baptistic, hence, they can’t be used as evidence of Protestant splintering. I’ve been in quite a number of conservative Presbyterian churches over the past decade and the biblical knowledge, if not always outstanding, is still impressive.
Another question: who is the real representative of EO: Cradle Christopher or Hyperdox Herman?
And to prove I am not bashing anyone, Joseph Farrell said as much fifteen years ago.
I also write this because I plan to do a future essay on the likelihood of Armed Covenanting in America’s Future, and the socialist tendencies of some will no doubt figure in as an antitype of the Anglicans who persecuted the covenanters.