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I grew up saturated in Western religious thought, which is something I didn't realize until relatively recently. But of course a fish doesn't realize she's in water until she's taken out, right? I only began to realize my bent when I started researching Eastern Orthodoxy prior to our move to Romania. I then realized how much of our beliefs are simply taken at face value, without ever exploring their foundations. One aspect of Western thought which was highlighted most significantly by a comparison to Orthodoxy is the juridical nature of our doctrines. Western thought is extremely juridical - which means it's very logical and law-like. You can tell you're immersed in that type of thinking if what I just said sounds like a positive to you, as that statement has little to no value in and of itself. In fact, there are a number of downsides to being juridical.
*The views and ideas on this site are in no way affiliated with any organization, business, or individuals we are a part of or work with. They're also not theological certainties. They're simply thinking out loud, on issues and difficulties as I process things.