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:: Thursday, October 16, 2003 ::

The Pot Calling the Kettle Black

Who do you think wrote the following three quotes?

"A Christianity not based on scripture, as well as the tradition of the church through the ages, is no Christianity at all."

"It offers the symbol and mystery and wonder of the faith without the annoying specifics, and as such, it is not Christian."

"If [they] want to continue to steal the outer appearances of a vibrant faith in Christ while maintaining a core of nothing more than Enlightenment individualism, fine, but they are not members of the historical faith called Christianity."

If your knee jerk reaction was to think that these are just the most recent musings of an Orthodox blogger triumphalistically trying to use Orthodoxy to beat western Christendom over the head, be careful. Things are not always as they seem.

Think about that for a minute and then go here to read the post the quotes actually came from.

My question for those involved in the discussion is this: Why is it that when it comes to morality so many Christians are more than ready to affirm the Church's teaching and Tradition, but when it comes to things like ecclesiology, sacramentality, and Christology we bend over backwards to affirm the exact hermeneutic that we first criticized?

What we fail to realize is that the very apostolic teachings we want to affirm are *directly* related to the ones we don't. Once you jettison one part of the Faith, the disintegration of the rest will follow. It is only a matter of time, but it is inevitable.

:: Karl :: 9:17:00 AM [Link] ::

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