On Orthodox Bridge’s Recent Switch

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.




About J. B. Aitken

Interests include patristics, the role of the soul in the human person, analytic theology, Reformed Scholasticism, Medievalism, Substance Metaphysics
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10 Responses to On Orthodox Bridge’s Recent Switch

  1. If (obviously this is a fantasy), you were invited to write a guest post on Reformed-Orthodox Bridge, what would you write about?


  2. JB Aitken says:

    Several topics:

    1. The history of the term “TULIP” and why it is irrelevant to the definition of being Reformed.
    2. Ectypal theology.


    • I’m really sorry, I should know what ectypal theology is. What is it?

      Would you believe I have a doctorate in historical theology and I don’t know what this word means!


      • JB Aitken says:

        Archetypal theology means the knowledge that God has of himself. Ectypal theology is the finite capacity humans have to receive that knowledge. It’s similar to, but not identical with Plato’s two worlds.


  3. Admin says:

    Who/what would you consider a good representative of “High Reformed Theology” that betrays the Orthodox caricature? Just asking….


  4. JB Aitken says:

    Such as TULIP = The Totality of Reformed theology

    Sola Scripture = scripture as the *only* source of theology. That is wrong. Scripture is the final authority, not the only one. I gave up trying to get them to understand that.


    • Cal says:

      It seems that some hyper-zealous Orthodox almost go as far to strip the Bible of any authority, that it exists merely in the storehouse of the Church. Without all the technical jargon, the essence of ‘sola scriptura’ was trying to recover a sense of canon.

      Sometimes I wonder if Anglo-Catholicism, Rome, and Orthodoxy inadvertently hide clusters of neo-liberal Protestants. Ones who trumpet ecclesial authority, and decry “right reason” (to sound Anglican), yet are rather choosy with how they do their knock-out polemics. I use to love Hauerwas until the magic wore off. Now I see him as a kind of neo-Con Ritschl redivivus.

      Anyway, a lot of them seem quite comfortable with biblical criticism, feeling protected within the parameters of lackluster bishops or unenforced conciliar decisions.


      • JB Aitken says:

        Yeah, that describes just how I feel about Hauerwas. Some of the Protestants who convert are still fundies, and good for them. Others react against everything they perceive as evangelical, and so yuo will see them embracing evolution, gay marriage, and the like


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