It’s been said that fundamentalism is the flip-side of liberalism–both are creations of modernity. Every Christian tradition has its own form of fundamentalism. Protestantism has its biblicism. Catholicism has its Denzinger manualism. And Orthodoxy has its patristic florilegia.
”…one thing I do, forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14).
I found the article by Dr. Pantelis Kalaitzidis Director of Volos Academy for Theological Studies, “From the ‘Return to the Fathers’ to the Need for a Modern Orthodox Theology” in Volume 54, Number 1 2010, of the ST. VLADIMIR’S THEOLOGICAL QUARTERLY to be one of the most uplifting and exciting articles I have read in years (I haven’t used the word exciting with an Orthodox writer for a long time!).
Orthodoxy’s efforts to define itself by adopting an absolutist and oppositional attitude Western Christianity has caused the Orthodox to become exclusivist and even sectarian, despite proclaiming in the creed a belief in a universal/catholic church. “Oneness” in much of current Orthodox interpretation…
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