I get told that I know little of Orthodoxy. It’s hard to know what to make of that claim. Certainly with regard to Triadology, the Fathers, and Christology I know as much as the next EO apologist. I certainly know more than the average Babushka. Presumably, that’s not what they have in mind. Usually it is with regard to criticisms I make of EO on tradition and praxis.
What is interesting is that from 2010-2013, both when I was pursuing Orthodoxy and later critiquing it, Orthodox converts and apologists were emailing me and asking for my articles on Trinitarianism, Scripture, Vladimir Putin, Slavic Monarchy, and Holy Russia (unless you can find those on archive.org, I have no idea how to access them). But now that I disagree with EO conclusions, I suddenly “don’t know anything.” Wisdom is justified by her children! It’s kind of funny, actually.
I taught myself the basics of Russian. I can still read the alphabet and basic news headlines. My vocab is rusty, but that’s because I decided to focus on Hebrew instead, seeing it would pay more dividends. I then read all the Russian masters–not just the theological ones, but Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Pushkin, and Gogol. In fact, I even look like Pavel Tsatsouline! We have the same receding hairline and facial structures. Which of the convertskii can say that?