First published April, 2009.
In presenting Orthodoxy to the West, it is important to emphasize similarities between the Orthodox and other Christian faith communities. For those who have a hard time determining what those similarities might be, here is a handy list.
- Pentecostals speak in strange tongues nobody understands. Orthodox worship in Greek and Slavonic.
- Calvinists use strange foreign words like “sola fides” and “sola gratis”. Orthodox use strange foreign words like “interjurisdictional” and “patriarchate.”
- Wesleyans believe in a warming of the heart that indicates salvation. Orthodox have a warming of hearty fare that indicates a potluck.
- Catholics have wonderful pilgrimage destinations in warm, sunny places like Spain and Italy. Orthodox have wonderful pilgrimage destinations in northern Russia and Alaska.
- Church-of-God-in-Christ women wear beautiful hats. Orthodox bishops wear hats.
- Lutherans have a warm and friendly informal spokesman in Garrison Keillor. Orthodox have Frank Schaeffer.
- Baptists have a tacit agreement to not recognize each other in the liquor store. Orthodox have a tacit agreement to not recognize each other in the cheese
aisle during Lent.
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