Orthodoxy and Community
- You wrote:
<<One more quick thing...I mentioned in an earlier letter that I have been
really thinking about Orthodoxy...some close friends have converted and I've
had a lot of time and opportunity to scrutinize the Orthodox way (not to
pimp Timothy Ware's title). I've actually found their approach (their blend
of mysticism and holistic theology)to be the most immediately suggestive of
a solution...I am not advocating mass conversion to Orthodoxy, or trying to
cast dispersions on other denominations, I just like their principles and
love their worship. Obviously though, aligning with a particular church
needs to come after I can reconcile with God, lest I form yet another
relationship with the institutions which represent God rather than the
Author of Life personally. >>
Many evangelicals have been switching to Orthodoxy and I believe at least
part of the reason is the evangelical addiction to the left-brain and the
loss of mystery. So many evangelical services just seem like business
seminars or classroom sessions. Yet when you experience the richness of
liturgy in Roman Catholic, Episcopal, Anglican, and Orthodox services, it
can make you aware of a hunger you didn't know you had! But some in those
traditions feel that all that is there (and *certainly* it depends on the
specific local church in question) *is* liturgy with little left-brain
content backing up a right-brain religious experience.
Frankly, Matt, this seems to be a good thing to me that you are considering
this! I see it as a movement away from the "rational vanity" you alluded
to. I think it could put you in a place to experience God rather than just
grinding away in ceaseless cogitation.
I can also appreciate your wanting to keep the focus on God and not on
institution. But I would encourage you to seek community as you seek God.
That is one of the helpful insights from the postmodern writer Richard
Rorty - that we discern truth best in community. And - actually - you are
doing that on this listserv.
Cedar Ridge Community Church