It's sad to see how they take science, history, and other human inventions as the basis of their faith, and even sadder to see those who call themselves orthodox christians, to do exactly the same thing.
Where is faith in God?
How can science and history and "human inventions" be a sad way to God? (God invented science not man)
That makes no sense. One of the reasons I'm Orthodox is because HISTORY points to Orthodoxy being the Church of Christ. And the reason I am no longer Protestant is because history totally disproves that they are the same Church Christ founded. (though Lutherans and Anglicans certainly have a spiritual lineage, but not Apostolic Succession)
The reason I believe the Bible is what it claims to be is because it is supported in history. Christianity is an historical religion, based in real history. God the Logos became Incarnate within time and history, and so it is subject to tests and "proofs" that science and history may ask for.
Thomas the Apostle said "unless I see I will not believe!" What was Jesus response? Did He say, "shame on you Thomas for not believing!"? No, He told Thomas, "look at my side and hands".....Jesus offered proof. Yes, Jesus did say, blessed are those who believe without seeing, but history and science can be and have ALWAYS been used by the Church to increase faith. The Church fathers used history, including the documents that traced the Church's ordinations back to the Apostles. This is historical, and they used it to "prove" the validity of the Church.
If we use the reasoning that we should never use science of history to support our faith, then how do you as an Orthodox Christian refute Catholicism's claim to Rome's supremacy? If it's all about what "I" believe even against the evidence, then why not be a Protestant? Why be Christian at all? There are people with just as much, if not more faith of other religions.....what makes your faith or my faith more "correct" than say a Hindus faith, or a neo-pagan's faith?
I agree with you to the degree we shouldn't reduce everything down to "proof", but God is not hidden from history, and this evidence only increases my faith, and I think it's a wonderful thing they ran these tests. instead of being critical I say glory be to God.