Since this blog is less polemical as my other ones, I try not to attack other traditions. And this post isn’t an “attack.” It is a critical observation, though. A very critical one.
As readers know from past experience, I was very harsh with the old website Orthodox Bridge. They deserved it. They deserved it because they advertised their site as a “bridge” for Reformed and Orthodox to meet and understand each other’s tradition.
What actually happened was that Reformed were supposed to comment on how ignorant they were of EO and start getting a conversion story ready. When I started pointing out that the High Reformed Theology never believed what they said it believed, they got mad
But still, the site had a wide readership but not a wide interaction. If you go back and read the old posts (or better, don’t; just look at the number of comments) you will find a common theme. Where I am allowed to comment, the comments will range from 50-300 (and most of them aren’t even by me, since I was usually outnumbered 10:1. By the end of those conversations I would be “banned” or blocked.
And then the next 5 posts would have about 8 comments total. I was the only reason that site was remotely interesting.
Now Ancient Faith is hosting that site. I’m not sure if that is a good or bad move. Mind you, at the end of the day I don’t really care. The good news for the site is that Ancient Faith is a top-notch media outlet and it will get more viewers. And admittedly, the new look is aesthetically pleasing.
The problem is that the site is aimed to bridge the gap for Reformed readers. How many Reformed readers go to Ancient Faith? Well, a few certainly do. But how many Reformed readers who are sympathetic to both Geneva and where Orthodox come from and wouldn’t mind clearing up some straw men? Very few.
But they were never welcome in the first place.