Thursday, August 25, 2005

From Pontifications
A classic Catholic answer to Protestant heckling
From an Eastern Orthodox priest, I think of the Paris school of exiled Russian Orthodox thinkers, as told by an Archbishop Chrysostomos:
In the course of a certain lecture [at Princeton], a seminary student — frustrated, I suspect, at the philosophical depth of Father Georges Florovsky’s discussion of a certain Patristic point (in fact, he was, as I recall, discussing Origen) — raised his hand and rather boldly asked, ‘What does all of this have to do with accepting Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior?’ There was a long pause, after which Father Georges, with a piercing glance, looked up at the student and said, with the frail voice that in those days betrayed his advanced age: ‘Young man, I was converted to Jesus Christ, not to Protestant Evangelical piety’. He then continued his lecture, without another comment. He no doubt thought that the matter was closed; his clumsy student, no doubt, understood nothing of what Father Georges had said.
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