Oh, it’s fascinating for a lot of reasons. I was involved for six years with the Orthodox, learned a lot of theology and solidified in me what “the whole point” of Christianity is supposed to be as a religion. From that vantage point, I can see what other Christian groups do wrong and what they do right in attempting to adhere to a model of “How To Be A Human Well”. I can’t say I believe or even if I did, even at the time. But I dove in as deeply as I could to understand as fully as I could, at least on an intellectual level, and from that I can see its holding power, even when its in fractured form.

Oh, it’s fascinating for a lot of reasons. I was involved for six years with the Orthodox, learned a lot of theology and solidified in me what “the whole point” of Christianity is supposed to be as a religion.

From that vantage point, I can see what other Christian groups do wrong and what they do right in attempting to adhere to a model of “How To Be A Human Well”.

I can’t say I believe or even if I did, even at the time. But I dove in as deeply as I could to understand as fully as I could, at least on an intellectual level, and from that I can see its holding power, even when its in fractured form.

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The “essence vs energies” distinction is rightly linked in Wikipedia to:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potentiality_and_actuality

and it’s this very feature in Orthodox Christian theology that held me strongly into it for six years. Other christian groups ‘hint’ at it, but see it as a theoretical thing but in the Orthodox its held as quite real.

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