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« Reply #45 on: August 11, 2006, 09:44:08 AM »

CORRECTIVE POST: TOPIC REMERGED. 

My personal apologies to all offended parties.

After looking at all the posts in context (which was not done prior to split), I honestly don't think there's anything to split.  Zebu made some inaccurate comments re: the OO communion, and EA and others corrected him; if he (zebu) is going to have reasons for choosing EO over OO, they need to be accurate ones.  And, in the midst of the accuracy of terms and intercommunion discussion, there were actually individual posts (iirc) that dealt with the OP.  So I agree w/EA here, really, y'all.  Embarrassing for me, I know, since I did all that out of ignorance.  I'm gonna make this call as GM to remerge it and leave it alone, continuing the thread as it was.  Again, I apologize for splitting what didn't need to be split; let's bring all this back to the OP now that terms have been/are being clarified.

Sorry, y'all.
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« Reply #46 on: August 11, 2006, 09:48:53 AM »

Like other posters here, I became EO because there were EO parishes around.  I personally like the Council of Chalcedon, so I'm pretty comfortable as an EO.  But, I don't think the OO's mean to say anything re: christology that the EO's don't also mean to say (and vice versa), so attending an OO parish would pose no problem for me.

Intercommunion is out until our hierarchs get back together--which is a necessary formality.  In my book, we (EO and OO) have already attained unity of faith.  Now we just need to recognize it formally.
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« Reply #47 on: August 11, 2006, 09:52:23 AM »


Intercommunion is out until our hierarchs get back together--which is a necessary formality.ÂÂ  In my book, we (EO and OO) have already attained unity of faith.ÂÂ  Now we just need to recognize it formally.

Indeed! The situation reminds me of when you're about to buy a house (at least, here in the US): both you and the seller have agreed upon the price and all other external details, but there is still a gap of time until you have a closing date, sign the papers, and get the keys.
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« Reply #48 on: August 11, 2006, 10:05:53 AM »

Pedro,

I appreciate your re-consideration to splitting/moving this thread. I'll be the first to admit that i've shamefully erred with respect to my approach and attitude to the issues in question on many occasions in the past such as to warrant my posts/threads being moderated, but I have sincerely attempted to rectify that approach/attitude for quite some time now. I thank you for your understanding on this occasion and apologise to you and all other moderators/administrators involved if I reacted inappropriately.
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« Reply #49 on: August 11, 2006, 12:18:57 PM »

Why not convert to OO?

All I can come up with is I like Greek food better.
And food is important.
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« Reply #50 on: August 11, 2006, 01:47:01 PM »

Why not convert to OO?

All I can come up with is I like Greek food better.
And food is important.

If you haven't tried Indian and Ethiopian food, then you haven't made an informed decision. Muy deliciosos!
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« Reply #51 on: August 11, 2006, 01:55:35 PM »

If you haven't tried Indian and Ethiopian food, then you haven't made an informed decision.

While I agree that Ethiopian and Indian food is great, I would hardly consider you as a 'paragon of informed decision making', Matthew.  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #52 on: August 14, 2006, 11:36:46 AM »

I ended up in the Coptic church mostly because my fiance' was already there.  He ended up there because a) it was in the neighborhood, b) it was Orthodox, and c) the Copts were warm and friendly.  It was a little more involved than that, but basically that's it.

As I was investigating Orthodoxy, like most converts I was learning from the Antiochians and visiting one of their parishes as well as my then-boyfriend's.  As others have said, I could have happily gone either way.

As for "why not the OO," I think the question itself reveals that the EO won the propaganda wars.  Smiley  Not to downplay the substance of Chalcedon and what came after, but a lot of what came after was politics and posturing.  There's still some of that today, and it does tend to cloud the real issues.  (Lord, have mercy on us.)  So I imagine for the inquirer who's just starting out and not too certain about things, the EO seems a safer bet.
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« Reply #53 on: August 14, 2006, 12:12:54 PM »

As for "why not the OO," I think the question itself reveals that the EO won the propaganda wars.

Kinda...but I had never heard of OO Churches until a few years ago.  Also, it seems like only the past several years that many EO and OO seem to agree on the Christological issues.
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« Reply #54 on: August 15, 2006, 01:35:53 AM »

While I agree that Ethiopian and Indian food is great, I would hardly consider you as a 'paragon of informed decision making', Matthew.ÂÂ  Roll Eyes

I am when it comes to good food, my friend. Smiley
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« Reply #55 on: August 15, 2006, 01:37:49 AM »

It's quite possible that many converts to Oriental Orthodoxy from Protestantism or Catholicism still believe in Chalcedon, maybe without even knowing it.
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« Reply #56 on: August 15, 2006, 02:00:59 AM »

It's quite possible that many converts to Oriental Orthodoxy from Protestantism or Catholicism still believe in Chalcedon, maybe without even knowing it.

That doesn't make any sense.  I'm sure many Prots/Catholics have no idea what Chalcedon is.
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« Reply #57 on: August 15, 2006, 02:16:54 AM »

That doesn't make any sense.ÂÂ  I'm sure many Prots/Catholics have no idea what Chalcedon is.

But they still believe, unlike the non-Chalcedonians, that Jesus is two natures united in one person. Even in converting to Oriental Orthodoxy, many will still hold to their previous Christological position.
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« Reply #58 on: August 16, 2006, 06:59:14 PM »

Kinda...but I had never heard of OO Churches until a few years ago.ÂÂ  Also, it seems like only the past several years that many EO and OO seem to agree on the Christological issues.
And your first phrase proves my point.  Smiley

It is in the past 20 years or so that the churches have come to realize that they always have essentially agreed on christology.  It doesn't represent "new christology" for either side, but a different historical understanding.
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« Reply #59 on: August 16, 2006, 07:08:20 PM »

It's quite possible that many converts to Oriental Orthodoxy from Protestantism or Catholicism still believe in Chalcedon, maybe without even knowing it.
This is possible for those who are converting simply to marry an OO person, but otherwise I would find it highly unlikely.ÂÂ  As with all converts, we are catechized, and it can scarcely escape the notice of a person that we are in communion with other OO churches but not EO.ÂÂ  I have talked to cradles in our parish who didn't know it, but converts are more likely to be aware of the differences and of what caused them.

Of the converts in our parish, a couple of us converted to Orthodoxy and chose the Coptic Church for practical reasons (considering it essentially the same as EO), a couple converted specifically to Oriental Orthodoxy because of the Chalcedon issues, and the rest converted from various backgrounds in order to marry cradles.

BTW, your sentence rather awkwardly assumes that EO still "believe in Chalcedon."ÂÂ  They do, but only with the anti-Nestorian clarifications that came in later councils, which arguably brought the EO closer to the same position the OO held all along.
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« Reply #60 on: August 18, 2006, 12:58:13 AM »

BTW, your sentence rather awkwardly assumes that EO still "believe in Chalcedon."ÂÂ  They do, but only with the anti-Nestorian clarifications that came in later councils, which arguably brought the EO closer to the same position the OO held all along.

Where is there Nestorianism in the Confession of Chalcedon? It looks like a middleground between Nestorianism and monophysitism to me.

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« Reply #61 on: August 18, 2006, 03:11:40 AM »

Matthew, please read Fr. V.C. Samuel's book, The Council of Chalcedon Re-Examined.  In spite of its size, it is actually an interesting, quick read.  It can't hurt, and I think you'll enjoy it.  It will give you more insight into the issues surrounding Chalcedon.  You can find it on amazon.com.


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« Reply #62 on: August 18, 2006, 07:02:27 AM »

Yes, that is something that I could consider. But what of the Chalcedonian Confession itself is there for which to have disagreement? If you'd rather PM me on the topic, that's fine.

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« Reply #63 on: August 18, 2006, 07:57:15 AM »

Matthew,

This thread already came close to being moved due to certain exchanges being misinterpreted as discussion of the sort that you are attempting to induce here. I recommend you take Salpy's advice; Fr. V.C. Samuel's book has the answer to all your questions - it's a rather thorough treatment of the general subject.
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