OCP Publications- Brief Review of The Orthodox Dilemma- 14/5/16
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The ‘Orthodox Dilemma’ echoes innocent and rightful questions on the unity of the One, Holy, Catholic & Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ and gives mature reflections, suggestions and an honest call to global pan-orthodox Christian conciliar unity” – Brief Review by Dr. Wa’el Adnan Jabbour – Medical Lab Diagnosis Specialist & Faithful of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch & All-East (Latakia- Syria).
“Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the Kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it” (Mark 10:14-15).
If you let a little child attend an Eastern or Oriental Orthodox Church, he will not notice any differences, except three things: language, vestments, and choir. These two temples of God are places where he finds peace and love. For him, they will be nothing, but two different editions for the same beautiful” toy”.
But when you push this innocent child to consume the forbidden fruit of details (historic church schisms), the sin will be upon you, not upon him. Because the child’s immediate response will be crying and asking loudly:” Why the schisms? You are the same!! I will not attend your church anymore “.
The Orthodox Dilemma by George Alexander echoes the same innocent rightful question of that little child mixed with the deep knowledge of the past of the One Holy, Catholic & Apostolic Church and Theological, Christological and political conflicts throughout the history. The Orthodox Dilemma doesn’t stop there. It gives us mature reflections, suggestions and an honest warm call to global pan-orthodox Christian conciliar unity. The author invites every true orthodox faithful and clergy to open their hearts with love and humility to the other side, and to sit together for a ‘cup of coffee” which is the simple yet convincing expression used in the book.