Is the Protestant Church Fragmented? A Response to Pastor Doug Wilson (2 of 2)

  In a 26 January 2013 canonwired podcast, Pastor Doug Wilson was asked about the fragmented state of Protestantism.  One frequent objection to Protestantism is the fact that it has over 20,000 denominations.  Pastor Wilson responded that if you look at the data in terms of tradition as opposed to independent polities, you will find Orthodoxy has 19 different traditions, Protestants have 21 different traditions (streams), and for Roman Catholics there are…

Is the Protestant Church Fragmented? A Response to Pastor Doug Wilson (1 of 2)

  In a 26 January 2013 canonwired podcast, Pastor Doug Wilson was asked about the fragmented state of Protestantism.  One frequent objection to Protestantism is that it has over 20,000 denominations.  Pastor Wilson responded noting that if you look at the data in terms of tradition as oposed to independent polities, you will find Orthodoxy has 19 different traditions, Protestants have 21 different traditions (streams), and for Roman Catholics there are 16…

Should Protestants Make the Sign of the Cross? A Response to Pastor Doug Wilson

  In a 30 December 2012 canonwired podcast, Pastor Doug Wilson was asked what he thought about Protestants crossing themselves.  Apparently, this question was asked because growing numbers of Protestants have started crossing themselves.  In short, Pastor Wilson’s answer was: “It’s lawful, but it’s not appropriate at all.” He elaborated that it would not be appropriate because it could cause confusion, that is, a Protestant making the sign of the cross might…

Defending Incense

A Response to David W.T. Brattston’s “Incense in Ante-Nicene Christianity”   Dear Folks, Burckhardtfan brought to my attention David W.T. Brattston’s “Incense in Ante-Nicene Christianity” which appeared in Churchman (vol. 117 no. 3) in 2003. The article is basically an argument against the use of incense in Christian worship.  Brattston opens his article with the bold assertion:   The ante-Nicene Christian documents that have come down to us indicate that ancient Christians did…

Crossing The Bosphorus

  With its many denominations Protestantism is no stranger to people changing churches, but there is something deeply unsettling about a Protestant family deciding to move over to a nearby Orthodox parish.  The phrase “swimming the Tiber” or “crossing the Bosphorus” alludes to the deep chasm separating Protestantism from the two ancient traditions of Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy.  Constantinople, the site of Orthodoxy’s leading patriarchal see, is located next to the…

Happy New Year!

  I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.   (Matthew 18:3 NIV)   Folks, Thank you for making the OrthodoxBridge an interesting and lively place for theological discussion in 2012.  May God grant you a blessed and safe 2013! May the picture of the cheerful boy dancing away and the quote from Matthew 18:3 be a reminder for…

Is Infant Baptism Biblical?

  Revised 3 March 2014               Martin wrote: I have a question. Baptists and Pentecostals say infant baptism is not biblical.  Do we find infant baptisms in the Bible? I heard someone say that this practice started around year 200. Where can I find the earliest teachings about infant baptism? When is the first time the early Fathers mentioned it? What does the Orthodox Church teach…