Some Ortho blogs have been advancing criticism of Calvinism for several years now. Very little is new or different than the typical Romanist criticisms, except there is a heavier emphasis on “person,” “union,” and eucharist. Much attention is paid to problems that some Protestants might have on Unity and Scripture. These same guys invite “dialogue” from the Protestants. Translation: Come listen to us tell you how screwed up you are. I started focusing on some questions they don’t like asked. Here goes:
- What about the True Orthodox? Honest reader, you tell me if they answered me as of 8:51 PM? I remember four years ago when this same commenter sent me and a number of Reformed a question on why the Apocrypha shouldn’t be canonical. I responded with the typical answer that Judith and Tobit are historical nonsense. He deleted my response and told me it was “irrelevant.”
- Ask about how God can be both being and beyond being at the same time. I then asked a few basic questions on how the Orthodox can say God has “energies” (plural) when Chalcedon only predicates one energy per nature. Read the responses and tell me if they actually answered the questions. I got a lot of quotations from Palamas on foreknowledge, but nothing actually dealing with the question. I think this is why Jay Dyer mopped the floor with these guys four years ago. For all of Jay’s faults, he actually thought through the issues.
- Ask if Pseudo Dionysius introduced neo-Platonism into the faith once delivered to all the saints. I have demonstrated here that they hold to the same NeoPlatonism that they accuse the Filioque of. You can read their responses and see if they gave anything close to an actual answer.
For the longest time many Orthodox have been bullying Protestants on a few key issues (which, btw, we have answers for. They just don’t like them). Turn the tables. Ask the above questions.