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Offline wgw

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Mutable and Immutable Aspects of Orthodoxy
« on: February 11, 2016, 10:19:33 AM »
It seems to me, in light of the thread in Christian News we should differentiate between the immutable Orthodox dogmatics, and mutable aspects that pertain to the specific work of the Church in a given era or culture.  For example, faith in the Trinity, the canonical scriptures and so on, are immutable, whereas the languages used for instruction and liturgy, certain aspects or implementations of canon law, and so on, are mutable.
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Re: Mutable and Immutable Aspects of Orthodoxy
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2016, 11:28:20 AM »
What do you mean by 'the canonical scriptures'? Both Oriental Orthodox and Eastern Orthodox not only allow for, but in practical fact also have, several canons.

Anyway, but this is the whole 'Tradition vs. tradition' thing, in more helpful language, though it still suffers from the same sort of problems (or benefits, depending on your perspective). Part of the problem going forward here is that, looking back, there isn't a whole lot of guidance on how to differentiate or categorize. That leaves it up to case-by-case judgments, with progress probably coming slowly. I'm ok with that, but many seem to be uncomfortable with it, confusing it with some sort of rudderless 'relativism.' We see this play out, for example, with the (council) canons themselves, where EO World Orthodox point to the bishop as the interpreter and applier of them, whereas EO traditionalists sometimes speak of them as though they are axiomatic/dogmatic in character.
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