That makes sense.
Or as one of the reviewers on the amazon page says:
Father Trader makes the point not that tongues is silent, but rather that it does not consist of inane babbling.
I would like to talk about the charismatic issue with you on another thread.
I won't be argumentative. Would you be OK with that?
Once upon a time, we were already discussing the issue here
, but then the discussion petered out when you declined to answer my direct questions to you in this post:
RE: discussing the essay and reading it.
This is not to be hurried. It is a serious, but very sensitive discussion, critically analysing Christianity, the early Church, Charismaticism, etc. and considering the Orthodox view.
May I ask why this subject is of interest to you? Do you have loved ones in the Charismatic Movement? Have you spent time up close and personal with its adherents? Is this merely an academic issue for you? Are you interested in developing a comprehensive polemic against Charismatism yourself? Or an apologia for certain aspects of it?
It's no requirement. I only want a patient talk, not the kind of thing we had on the
Kind of trailed off there, but you may fix that in editing. I'm guessing your referring to our interaction in the thread about the Ethiopian Church and marijuana? If that's the case, you needn't worry about our having a similar interaction here, unless you're going to contend that the Oriental Orthodox Church already accepts some form of Charismatism and that is as it should be. I don't think that will be the case though.
I am happy to resume the discussion there with you answering that question. In that thread, you also linked to an essay you authored here
. So this is your essay then? You managed to get it published to AFR? If that's the case, I would also appreciate answers to my questions above:
I'm curious as to the author's qualifications. Is he a historian? An anthropologist? A theologian? Just a hobbyist? What qualifies him to publish an article on this subject?
So again, if you want to answer all of those questions above, I am happy to resume our dialogue here
and not in a new thread. Let me know.