They don't even know what the Roman Catholic Church really believes, how do you expect them to know about Orthodoxy."-
- Of course there must be dialog, that's assumed; however, lituratre is very important because we live in a day and age in which most people can read and write. We also have access to the press machines in which the average person can read books. This was obviously not the case in the days St. Patrick and so fourth. These are different times that we are living in and we must make the most out of the media that we have have in order to advance the gospel. To refuse this would simply be foolish.
It would be great if there were more orthodox tv and radio stations.
"Actually Rome's on her way to reclaiming those parts of the west we don't already have. Give us time, then we'll turn eastward. (I hope that didn't sound ominous)"
Immigrants sticking to their own ethnic boundaries and frowning on others isn't going to advance the gospel one bit. If Rome is, in fact, reclaiming the west and the orthodox are not, especially in this day and age, then there is a serious problem. There is no reason, NO REASON AT ALL, why the orthodox cannot reclaim the west NOW! Espicially with all of the resources that are availible to us today.
I believe that the Antiochian orthodox church in particular are leading the way as far as evangelizing the west goes. (Speaking of Patrick and Columba), God bless Metropolitan Phillip Saliba! & Fr. Peter Gillquist! If it wasn't for these men, and their liturature, I would probably not be orthodox today.
The Orthodox church is the true home of Rome and all of her protestant daughters, and until they return home they shall be homesick and searchingdeep down.
I have an optimistic outlook on the future of the west, inparticularly protestants, coming home to Orthodoxy, and I think that this is an attitude that we should all have.