Why should it bother you that the idea of different denominations is foreign to a Christian country?
It depends who you ask. If you asked an Orthodox Christian in Greece, they would say "no", not because they intend to be rude, but because they identify themselves as "Christians", so therefore, to them, only those in Communion with them can possibly be Christians. And this makes perfect ecclesiological sense- a Christian is a member of the Church, and you can't have more than One Church. The idea of "denominations" is completely foreign to Greeks- they don't even have a word for it. They simply identify as "Christians", and therefore, a "Roman Catholic" or an "Anglican" is someone with a different religion to the Christians.
So are Italian Catholics, French Roman Catholics, Ruthenian Eastern Catholics, Ukranian Eastern Catholics, Christian or not?
So according to Orthodox beleif, Roman Catholics and Eastern Catholics are not Christian? Is this just your own crackpot opinion, or how many Orthodox actually believe such? Calm down stanley. This may simply be a cultural thing.
I have just returned from Greece, and over there, when they use the word "Christian", they automatically mean "Orthodox Christian". Hence, they would say "The Russians and the Serbs are Christians and the Italians are Catholics."
That bothers me. Although, to be fair, it also bothers me that Catholic Answers promotes the idea that Catholicism, Orthodoxy, and Protestantism are different religions.
That part doesn't bother me. Just the part where 'a "Roman Catholic" or an "Anglican" is someone with a different religion to the Christians'.
There is no allowance for "different takes on Truth" in Orthodoxy.
There is Truth. There is everything else.
Alter Truth, even a bit, and it ceases to be Truth.
We've got fundamentally different views on Christ and Salvation.
Either you are right or we are, we cannot both be.
That's not how this is played.
In Byzantine days, if you changed doctrine and taught it, they'd throw you into a fire (As per The Alexiad).
That's how serious it was.
It's just as serious today.
I'm not advocating throwing anyone into a fire, mind you, but I'm not going to back down on Orthodox Truth in order to satiate the feelings of someone who otherwise might actually start asking questions about their faith and not go on thinking everything is ok.
Because it's not. Salvation is on the line.
You only get one soul.