In recent weeks, I have seen the terms “liberal” and “traditional” as specifically relates to the practice of contemporary Orthodoxy thrown around quite a bit on these forums, both by posters I respect and those I – uh – enjoy reading.
Such terms in their modern context are by their nature amorphous and subject to personal interpretation; I realize these words have dictionary definitions, but very few peo-ple actually stick to technical meanings in the discourse of the day. This is, after all, an open forum, and not a debate club.
Likewise, I have observed that often what people from one region or another define as traditional or liberal may well differ.
So, in order to better establish a baseline for what a given poster means when they use such words, what are your definitions of those words?
And, for the heck of it, if you feel like it you could also define “renovationist” and “ecumenist.”
Again, I am not looking for a board consensus, only for what you as a given poster mean when you use those terms.