And so, when St. Maximus was exiled for speaking the truth, he was being pathological?No he wasn't. Thats the point. He didn't stand outside Agia Sophia carrying placards with the web address of his blog- the modern equivalent of "LOOK AT ME! LOOK AT ME!"
Do you know for sure that he's not trying to get people to pay attention to the issues he's raised? If so, how? Do you know whether or not he's already lost friends in Church because of this, yet continues doing this out of conviction and (tough) love for the Church? If so, how?
I would say that the big difference between this man and St. Maximus is that at least St. Maximus had a spiritual father that he listened to, as well as the arguments of others.
Do you know for sure that this man doesn't have one?
No as a matter of fact I do not know for sure. Neither do we know for sure that he does have one.
It seems on this man's blog that nothing anyone says has daunted him, and he only posts things that he agrees with, or has comments on.
The Feedback page has some folks who disagree with him. He also seems to have reflected (though he doesn't go into specifics) regarding some conversations in the News page.
The issue still is that the people who disagree with him do not seem to daunt him, change him, or skew his "warpath". This is not someone who wants to dialogue to change, he wants to do what he wants to do, in the way he wants to do it. if he picks up some things along the way, great, but that's about it. I havn't seen evidence of anything other than this. Maybe you would like to make a case for him.
How many hundreds of anti-placard/demonstration emails do you think he's gotten? has he responded to them? is he willing to listen to reason, and how do we know?
We don't. I don't. You don't. 1? 1 million? Does it matter?
Sure it matters. If he's not willing to listen to others that is an anti-christian, and very ignorant position to have. megalomania comes to mind. And, if he is going to proclaim Christ to people, and is approaching it in this way, and he doesn't respond to people's criticism or feedback...well...that's a problem. I have no other way to explain myself right now...sorry.
All we know is that whatever anyone says he's going to do what he's going to do.
I'm sorry--was a word left out here? I didn't understand the sentence.
I was just trying to say that no matter what anyone says to him he will do what he plans on doing (no matter what).
Has this man seen a priest about what he wants/needs?
No one seems to know, and he has not given that information.
Yah...highly suspect to me.
Is he open to the idea that what he is doing just isn't orthodox or christian?
Speaking what he believes to be the truth is living without hypocrisy. He is not yelling at anyone, it doesn't seem. He seems to be having good-natured conversations with the people who stop by him. Why would this not be "orthodox" or "christian"?
Well in christian history I can't think of a single example of someone with a sign "christ is the best" or "the lord of abraham jacob and isaac is the man" or such. In fact, people were dialogical beings, and we also have those who showed their faith through their actions and not their words. this man is in a weird in the middle type of ministry, that really makes no sense to me. So as far as i'm concerned, the ball is in his court to prove himself.
Realistically I think this man is on a crusade no matter what the cost, or no matter what the argument.
Do you know this for a fact, or have you projected it on him? Do you know what arguments he's actually heard? Or not? Do you know whether he's altered his beliefs about any of this in the past?
My point is, he raises some valid points. It is very difficult to get peoples' attention these days, so he's doing this to help raise awareness. I think he's wrong for attending an Evangelical church one Sunday (even though the priest apparently got sick and they closed the church without warning on Sunday morning), and it's obvious that he's dealing with frustration and (I don't know, perhaps) anger at some of the things he perceives as apathy and wildly misplaced priorities in the Church at large and his parish in particular, and those feelings need to be dealt with an replaced with a spirit of peace and humility, but again -- I think these points need to be made, personally. Islam does need to be spoken against. We do need to focus more on external ministry, service, and evangelism. We do need to make sure our youth grow up knowing Holy Scripture and giving of themselves to serve other people in the name of Christ.
If you felt that people needed to start paying attention to these needs, how would you
go about getting their attention? Thinking out loud, I suppose I would ask Father if I
could start something up (and in fact I did this though a series of classes over nine months at our parish to stress biblical literacy and knowledge of the workings of the divine services, which I felt were needed; the classes received a good response, thank God). We should be the change we wish to see, though perhaps (I don't know this, of course) he's been stonewalled by the priest there. If one is still convinced of the need to address these things, what should one do? What would you
What would I do? I would do any number of things. If I truly believed that Islam was at the top of the list of things to preach about, I would firstly: preach about it. I would offer the priest sermons which I would painstakingly spend time reviewing and preparing so that they were worthy of being proclaimed to people. I would enlighten people about the theological issues at hand, and always point to christ. I would also hold a 3 month lecture series (the time has been shown in studies to be a good amount of time for lecture series), beginning with what History, for 3 months, Theology for 3 months and modern day issues for 3 months, all relating to islam and orthodoxy.
After that I would analyze and provide people with surveys to analyze themselves how the lecture series went and etc. i would bring in a guest speaker who is an expert, one for each series, and etc.
I would supplement that by involving myself in local ecumenical dialogue with islamic groups, so that I can have a deeper appreciation of their theology and position, so that it's not just a "bash" session or the like.
These are some preliminary thoughts.