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December 24, 2013

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Blaise Foret

This was very encouraging and very enlightening. Thanks for sharing your journey!

Adam

Brad,

Just stumbled on to this today! I am from Abbotsford and been impacted by how you have served and loved this community. Thanks for sharing your journey in such an intimate and yet succinct way.

I too identify with much of the insights and epistemological approaches to God within the Orthodox tradition. I value an apophatic approach and find the liturgical expressions within the tradition refreshing and deepening. Also, I have had some close friends recently join the Orthodox church in what seems to be a mini-exodus from low to high church.

As one who is also tired of the neo-Baalism, neo-Shamanism, and anti-intellectualism (because of a dependancy on a modern paradigm) prevalent in the Revivalist/Charismatic churches, I find myself deeply uncomfortable. Because I am not a minister my departure would be similar to my friends, and I wouldn't have to do a blog post like you, explaining it to everyone. Two things keep me in my current tension. In no particular order...

1) The exclusive eucharist - it would be hard to belong to a tradition that would not allow other confessions to the table, hence why I tend towards a more celtic version of the anglican church.

2) Much of my theological awakening has been navigating how I see and read the text. I wonder how many people after moving from the security of literalism towards an interpretation of tensions, gravitate towards the security of a magisterial tradition. I love the Tradition(s) and their liturgical expressions in the same way I love the story of God, creation, and god's people as recorded in the biblical narrative and would engage both with the same level of critique, contemporization, and re-integration. I am leery though of joining the low to high trend because I see that many joining the high church utilize it as a type of security blanket mechanism, and I wonder about my own desires for 'institutional' security. Note it is less about the 'what' and more about the 'how/why'.

If you have time I would love to hear your response...

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