— but it’s too good not to share.
From a comment thread on John C. Wright’s blog:
The OFloinn says:
October 21, 2011 at 2:54 pm
Christianity to a Quaker is different than Christianity to a Southern Baptist, or a Pentecostal, or a Catholic, or a Methodist, or a Jew, or a Muslim, or an agnostic, or an atheist.
As if these were all equally empowered to define Christianity. The Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church (which always seems to get overlooked) are the two largest bodies of Christendom and together comprise roughly two-thirds of all Christians. Furthermore, they have been in continued organizational existence for nearly 2000 years and their foundational documents: the Epistles, the Gospels, the writings of Basil, Gregory, John C., Clement, Polycarp, Ignatius, Irenaeus, Justin, Augustine, et al. hammered out the details. The inventions of johnny-come-lately sects like Bill and Ted’s Excellent Bible Shack simply do not stack up. IOW, there are historical grounds for saying what Christianity has been for the vast majority of believers over the past two millennia.
The suppositions of those outside are no more meaningful than the suppositions of most Americans regarding Islam.
Incidentally, I think the Orthodox Church gets overlooked because they’re not so very big in the west.