As I previously wrote I would give an answer as to my reservations regarding the writings of the late Father John Meyendorf.
He was a professor of Patristics at St Vladimir's Seminary and wrote extensively. For many non-Orthodox and for those who had grown up in an eastern Europe where religion had long been suppressed he was a window on the Orthodox Church. For this he is owed a debt, which I am happy to acknowledge.
However, he was a modernist and his writings distort our understanding of Orthodoxy. Indeed he appears to have been greatly influenced by western understanding, thinking and ecumenism. This is not simply my view but has been written or said of him by others.
Recently there were reports of the (Russian Orthodox) Bishop of Yekaterinburg ordering students in a school to burn all books by the the heretical writers, Alexander Schmemann, John Meyendorf and Alexander Menn. Of the three I have no knowledge of the writings of the third but have read some of the writings of the first two. Most recently were some of those of the late Father Alexander Schemann. While I tend to stick warning labels in books that deviate from Orthodoxy, where appropriate in my library of books, book burning is not my fort+Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬.
Such are my reservations. I do not intend to get into some debate on this. If others want to and are so minded, fine.
If you don't want to debate these questions, then perhaps you shouldn't post your opinions here at all. This board is precisely such a place to discuss these issues. The statements you make here are very provocative to some of us, and you do not back up your claims with many arguments, except to say that one bishop and other people who are not named call Schmemann and Meyendorff heretics or close to it. I have quite a different view, and consider them to be articulate and creative spokesmen for Orthodoxy.
"He was a modernist." Says who? It's so easy to dismiss someone by throwing out this term indiscriminately, and I see nothing in his writings to support this. Of course, he interracted with the West and western thinkers. Some people who do this sometimes go too far, I am sure. In today's western academic world, it is very difficult to remain isolated and to not interact with your western colleauges, and I am sure that it is possible that he may have fallen into the temptation of interracting too much at some points. For myself, I wish that we Orthodox in the West had stronger monastic communities present to keep us closer to the straight and narrow path. You yourself are interracting with the West by posting things on this website that people of western communions read and respond to. Should I therefore now accuse you of ecumenism? I suppose your thoughts expressed here may mean that you consider me and all of my ilk to be "modernist." This makes me sad. Of course, I would also criticize things written by Schmemann and Meyendorff. They are not perfect, far from it. Neither, I am sure, are any of the theologians that you may care to champion, since all of us humans fall short of the glory of God.
If you could tell me why you think such things about Meyendorff or Schmemann, I might even agree with you on some points. Please do correct me if I am wrong, but the message I am getting from your post is that me and others like me are beyond discussing things with, since we are somehow less than Orthodox in your estimation, and have nothing of any intrinsic value to say. If this is truly your attitude, perhaps you should only post on traditionalist web sites, where all the other posters will reflect your views.
I consider myself no less traditionalist than anyone of one of the traditionalist groups who post here. I am not a "modernist", and I would frankly resent being styled as such by those who are unwilling to even deign to discuss issues with me or others.
Sincerely In Christ,