As Iron Sharpens Iron

An ongoing and online discussion between: an Orthodox informed Ecumaniac without a denominational home, an ordained Baptist youth pastor with an open mind, a Calvinist worship leader/seminarian with a staggering vocabulary and ability to make a point, and a cradle Catholic with a love/hate relationship to Rome.

Sunday, September 04, 2005

The East and the West

I once hear a tale of a man
who split himself in two.
The one part never changed at all;
the other grew and grew.
The changless part was always true,
The growing part was always new.
And I wondered, when the tale was through,
Which part was me, and which was you.

This poem makes me think of many things. Conservatives who are stale and liberals who have no base. The Eastern Church which is closed and the Western Church which has no identity or continuity. Dead Latin, which is seldom used, and living English, which bears no resemblance to its roots. Which is better?

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