Does anyone want to discuss the new book on Eastern Orthodoxy by Dr. Robert Morey?
A to-the-point reply which I was sent..
I'm not. I barely have time to read things that make sense, and that are by people who know their philosophy, their theology, and their history. I might read it to make fun of it, but I'd rather read Walker Percy: at least he has something worthwhile to say about the Faith. I read the far more irenic book by Letham, "Through Western Eyes
" (actually, I critiqued it for him before it went to press) and found that a better basis for discussion.
To be honest, though, just from the review, Morey is potty, if not out-right addlepated. Anyone who can indict the Cappadocians of Neoplatonism, or who somehow thinks the
whole Eastern church was highjacked by some Alexandrian vagantes of Hermes Trismegistus, which cancer than overtook the whole of the Greek Church, has been drinking out of Mormon canteens. In short, he seems none too different than so many Reformed poseurs, who having obtained some form of MDiv or Dwhatever, go foaming at the mouth about things they are patently ignorant of (e.g., messrs. Jordan and Kineer); and being a former Presbyterian elder in the Philadelphia presbytery of the PCA, I have met many of the same.
Morey seems the dispeptic type, whereas aside from thinking him wrong, Letham at least did do a good bit of homework. Further, he is not out to convert the Orthodox to
"Christianity" (he also has a better pedigree, actually possessing a real PhD from either St. Andrews or Edinburgh--I can't remember which). For dribble like this from Morey I would fail my freshmen Western Civ students. It takes enough energy to read their papers, so why should I waste my time and energy on someone who doesn't know
enough to right an educated book (that tripe about Buddha as an Orthodox saint-you should read what the forward to Lossky's book actually says-certainly tears it for me). I see no difference in his argumentation than that used by liberals to attack that which we call The Faith of the catholic Church.
If you have questions about Orthodoxy, go to some people who actually know about it, such as those at Monachos.net, or at energeticprocession.com. Granted, if you think
Morey is worth reading, and he somehow floats your boat, you may not have the wherewithal to keep up with the likes of the fellows at those sites.
All the best,