Part one of my quote from you is true, but is only part of the truth. Sadly, there are very few Protestants on the forum, even though the title (Orthodox-Protestant Discussion) might lead us all to hope for an approximately equal balance. I have tried to get people interested in participating, both in Britain and in Albania, but people are not interested in theological discussion forums, or are too busy with other activities, or have hardly heard of Orthodoxy and cannot imagine the relevance of such discussion. If there were an even balance between participants, the number of posts saying what I say and the number saying what you might would presumably more nearly balance each other out.
You know, I was just struck by this all of a sudden. You say this kind of thing all the time, as though it is our fault. Admittedly, we should be evangelizing more, of course. But, how do you explain the fact that Catholics are WIDELY aware of our presence? From my understanding and experience (my mother was raised Catholic, went to Catholic school, etc), Church history and the existence and beliefs of Orthodoxy are widely taught in Catholic seminaries and in Catholic Sunday Schools and Catechism classes. Of course, it's not true of EVERY Catholic Sunday School, but they are much more broadly aware of us. This is evidenced also by the strong Catholic presence on this forum. It is also evidenced by the strong Ecumenical movement (which is a topic for another thread, should anyone feel the need to attack this statement) between the Orthodox and Catholic churches.
Could it be, instead, that the responsibility lies with the Protestant churches? The Catholics are, generally, fairly well educated in Orthodoxy. Orthodox are, generally, aware of and educated on at least a very basic level in the faith of Catholics and Protestants. Maybe the Protestant churches should start teaching church history. My experience has been that Protestants skip everything between Acts and the Reformation. Why? Why haven't they thought, "hmmmm... I wonder what happened in those 1500 years?" Why haven't they gone to a bookstore and bought a book on church history? It's not as though they're not available. If books are really that hard to come by, we have these wonderful things called computers now, too.
And when the DO mention Orthodoxy or Catholicism, it's only to teach that we're not Christian, pagans, Canibals, etc. Take your pick. Obviously, this is not only wrong, but disingenuous and academically dishonest. This comes from one, who, by the way, spent years of my youth in the Episcopal church, half of my family is Southern Baptist, and of course, I live in the Bible belt, with Protestant friends who have dragged me to their Church functions for years in order to convert their heathen friend.
Sorry, I couldn't let this one slide anymore. It just really irks me.