I thank you for your post and for clarifying many issues in you reply.
I think the differences remain, mainly in the councils and saints, and I will not debate it as it will be just rephrasing of previous arguments from both sides and out of respect for your request.
However, I think with your posts, the debate ended on a positive note, from such statements:
Demetri commenting on theology: I will quote you no further here. The above statement of yours should be enough unless one is looking for reasons not to re-unite.
Demetri commenting on my opinion about Fourth Council:I will not bring up similar issues from our side as neither argument can be settled by anything less than mutual forgiveness.
I agree and you are right, we sometimes get tangled in a discussion on who is right and who got it wrong, but we forget the basic christian values like forgiveness, love,.... . We agree on theology, there are no heresies or false dogmas on both sides, so the union should be realized rapidly, I hope.
Demetri:I do find it strange, however, that when I sit down with my Coptic friends here and converse over a cup of coffee, our dialogue sounds nothing like these exchanges.
The dialogue took a heated turn, and I am sorry if my posts contributed to that. I really wanted to make clear why OO have issues with the councils and saints.
We don't think it should prevent the union anyways.
As for your coptic friends, I am glad that you are aquainted with some brothers
and you have a rather positive impression about them.
The Coptic Church has made positive steps towards the union, and clarified the issue that the EO have a sound theology. Here in the US, in places where there is no OO churches, Copts are allowed to take communion in the EO parishes, if they allow. Most of them (EO) are very inviting and we appreciate this very much.
I hope we see a full union soon.