| As an Orthodox Christian
Interesting. I don't know anything about that. I once
read a history of Christianity, thinking that as a Westerner
I should know something about the background culture,
but it turned out to be sort of a genealogy backward
from American Protestantism. Eastern Orthodox was never
mentioned. Nor was any other branch. Not the mysterious
Cathars or even the seemingly unlikely mystical flowering
from people like Teresa of Avila, Hildegard of Bingen, John
of the Cross, etc. So I really didn't learn much other than
the political history.
| I think one of the things you missed in your wonderful
| exposition (are you a professional writer?) was that
| to me, and I presume other Christians, our faith is
| not a blind theoretical abstract. It is a living and
| defining part of me/us.
That's what I was trying to convey with the story of the
Catholics. For people who see themselves on a spiritual path
of some kind, faith is often more like realization than belief,
I think. But people who are not religious at all usually can't
see how it can work that way.