disagree: it is the whole fun of the thing. If I think the
universe is triangular, and you think it is square, there cannot
be room for two universes. We may argue politely, we may argue
humanely, we may argue with great mutual benefit; but, obviously,
we must argue. Modern toleration is really a tyranny. It is a
tyranny because it is a silence. To say that I must not deny my
opponent's faith is to say I must not discuss it.
It is absurd to
have a discussion on Comparative Religions if you don't compare
~G.K. Chesterton: "Illustrated London News," 10/10/08. ============== “What kind of participation can a believer have with a disbeliever, and Christ with Belial?” What kind of association can Christ’s Church have with the heresies that warp the Christian faith and thus lead souls into perdition? Christ made it clear: “Whosoever is not WITH me, is AGAINST me. And whosoever does not gather together with me, SCATTERS.” It is therefore imperative that we have the correct outlook and attitude towards those who exploit the name of Christ. This section aspires to uncover and expose every attempted anti-Christian merging of the “Orthodox” with all sorts of heretic or schismatic congregations. ==============
"Indeed, Ecumenism - in the manner that the meaning of this term has prevailed - is certainly a heresy, because it denotes a renunciation of basic characteristics of the Orthodox faith; for example, the acceptance of the "branch theory" - i.e., that each Church has a portion of the Truth and therefore all "churches" should unite, by placing on a table all the segments of the Truth in order to complete the whole. We believe that Orthodoxy is the One, Holy, Catholic (=overall) and Apostolic Church. Full stop. There can be no argument about this, and subsequently, whosoever believes the opposite can be called an ecumenist, and as such be a heretic."
Archbishop of Athens, Christodoulos (†)
From an interview at the Radio Station of the Church of Greece, on the 24/5/1998.
File published in English on: 8-10-2005.
Last update: 21-11-2008.