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Today we give an energic primer on some basic theological and philosophical principles and paradigms, as we look to flesh these out more in the future. My friend Anthony joins and shares his conversion story as he came to Orthodox Christianity. We discuss the real world consequences of what many people in the modern age see as semantic non-sequiturs.
I tried to keep this as accessible as I could, because I know there are listeners and viewers with varying degrees of knowledge and experience, and we want to be as inclusive and understanding of all of that. However, we're not here on this channel to spew trite platitudes and talking points. We're here to be honest with everyone and provide a path to Truth. This channel exists almost entirely to provide information.
We never criticize what it is in the heart of any individual human being, but rather we critique ideas and systems. It may be the case that you, personally, adhere to one or many of these ideas and systems. That in NO way means that I or anyone else knows what is in your heart or what your intentions are. We need to break free of these dialectics and understand systems =/= individual beliefs. There are many Christians, and even non-Christians who may and do hold beliefs contrary to my own, but actually end up being more Holy and Christian than I am.
Again, understanding this, we understand that is in SPITE of the systems, paradigms, and ideas, and I can respect that as well as continue to flesh out those systems, paradigms, and ideas.
Ultimately, if anyone feels compelled to inquire about Orthodox Christianity, they should visit or contact a local Orthodox Church, and speak with the priest. I am not qualified to, nor do I either care or intend to, provide personal spiritual advice.
Hopefully you will find these conversations illuminating, informational, as well as entertaining. Thanks be to God.