Friday, May 28, 2010

Will there ever be an American Orthodoxy?
Asks Rod Dreher about his church, writing about squabbles between ethnic jurisdictions (denominations in communion with but little to do with each other, which is perfectly normal in their church life; Orthodoxy itself is not a denomination) nothing to do with faith, morals or liturgical practice and (hooray) all well to the right of both the mainline and the American RC establishment. The usual stuff. Would an American Orthodoxy even be desirable? Possible bad result: Byzantine AmChurch. Another: the byzantinised evangelicalism Owen doesn’t like. I like the Slav version of the people Arturo knows, relaxed, traditionalist and not fundamentalist, in rust-belt parishes where it’s more or less still 1962.

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