you would agree that so-called "ritualism" and "minimalism" are equally neutral, so to speak?
Hmm... I'd have to think about that one. I'm not sure that two neutralities can be equal, as neutrality is, surely, the absence of something. Can two people be other than equally absent from church one Sunday? Also, I have never been to a 'ritualist' church for more than the occasional one-off visit, whereas I was sent to Methodist Sunday School as a child, and have attended church ever since I left there. I'm not the one to make an assessment or first-hand comparison. Obviously Protestants think there is more risk of entrapment in ritual (as explained in an earlier post of mine) than in an absence of ritual, but whether that's right or not would need to be judged by someone who's spent years in both, and indeed years as a sincere worshipper, not being dragged along reluctantly to one, and going by choice to the other.
Frankly I think the entire point is moot.
If someone is a Faithful follower of Christ, they are a faithful follower of Christ not because of the ritual or lack thereof, but because they love Christ.
Those on this forum who have converted from Protestantism to Orthodoxy didn't do so because they woke up one morning and said, "Ya know, I need more ritual in my life." They did so because they loved Christ and sought out His True Church. For some, they walked into Church, saw the burning candles, smelled the incense, and fell in love with the ritual. For others, it took time to accept and adapt. At any rate, in the end, they converted because they loved Christ and His Church.
You keep on saying that your Church doesn't include ritual for fear that people would just fall into the trap of doing the same ol' thing over and over, and would lose their zeal for Christ.
I want you to think for a second about someone in your church that is really "on fire" for God. Someone you know who's faith runs deep like a river, and has held fast to their faith through good times and through bad. Do you really think a few candles, some icons, and some incense would change this person's faith? Do you really think it would be a wet blanket on the fire of their faith?
My point is that both of our church's have people that are, what I like to call "Prayer Warrior's for God," and people who are just there because, well, they just are. I don't think ritual or lack thereof makes a person more on fire for God; I believe it's a personal choice. You are either going to hold fast to your faith because you believe in it, or you don't. It's that simple.