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Gloria Dei homo vivens – St Irenaeus
June 27th, 2015 by Joel Watts

the Treaty of Tripoli and some wise Orthodox words

 People are struggling with the Supreme Court decision yesterday. Many Christians who support it are not showing the grace Scripture requires of them. There is barely a calming voice in this. 

So let me point this out:  
And from David Dunn, and Orthodox Christian:

Such efforts demonstrate a fundamental – even idolatrous – misunderstanding of the meaning of “holy matrimony,” effectively denying Christ by vesting the state with divine authority.

Orthodox Christianity has survived far longer and far more antagonistic homelands than what evangelicals face today. 

They demanded nothing from their governments in regard to protecting their sacraments. And yet they survived and have grown and have lived and have worshiped God. Not even Stalin could destroy the Orthosox Church. 

Anyway, maybe people should actually understand the separation of Church and State… And be sure to read Allen Bevere‘s The Politics of Witness to see how badly both sides of the American political spectrum misuses the Church. 

Joel Watts
Watts holds a MA in Theological Studies from United Theological Seminary. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians, as well as seeking an MA in Clinical Mental Health at Adams State University. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).


2 Responses to “the Treaty of Tripoli and some wise Orthodox words”
  1. I agree with your overall point, but I would quibble with your description of Orthodox Christianity’s relationship with the state. My primary understanding of the history and theology of Eastern Orthodoxy comes from Adrian Hastings’ “A World History of Christianity,” which presents many examples (particularly Russia and the Byzantine Empire) of Eastern Orthodoxy falling into spiritual inertia and eventual overt decline because the “state church” was, in fact, too close with the state. Many would argue that this is what the Russian Orthodox Church is currently engaged in, cozying up to Putin to survive materially.

    Again, I agree with your overall point re: church-state relationships, and how the church should freak out in judgment because the state’s understanding of marriage is different (it always has been, it’s just more blatant now). But I thought your analysis of Eastern Orthodoxy was a bit too simplified.

    I also notice a lack of celebration on your part re: yesterday’s rulings…or maybe I just didn’t see that post? (haha)

  2. Know More Than I Should says

    A lot of this sounds a lot like the fallout after Engel v. Vitale (1962).

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