Mystery & Wonder

Kalistos Ware has thrown a bridge spanning east and west. More specifically, he’s helped Western Christians understand Eastern Orthodoxy. The West tends toward analysis while, at its best, the East stands in awe. The West tries to figure things out while the East embraces mystery .

That’s a caricature, of course, and both traditions have enough weaknesses to keep all humble. Nevertheless, it seems we could yield to the wisdom of the East: We place our faith in a person, not a concoction of philosophical concepts. We’ve got a relationship with a living Being, which means mystery is inevitable.

And that’s good.



About Charles Redfern

Charles Redfern is a writer, activist, and clergyman living in Connecticut with his wife and family. He's currently writing two books, with more in his head.

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