S.C.A. vs. E.O.

I’m afraid there’s some confusion about the difference between the Society for Creative Anachronism and Eastern Orthodox Christianity. I hope herewith to clear it up.

“You will frequently hear SCA participants describe the SCA as recreating the Middle Ages ‘as they ought to have been.’ … However, a better description is that we selectively recreate the culture, choosing elements of the culture that interest and attract us.”

That’s a good analogy to guys like Joseph Smith, Alexander Campbell and sundry other schismatics and heretics of the early 19th Century. From what I hear, the “recreating” aspect may be a good description some aspects of today’s “emergent (or emerging) church.”

Orthodox Christianity, in contrast, is that faith “handed once to the saints,” passed on in Holy Tradition to the apostles by Jesus Christ, and then handed down from one generation to the next, without addition or subtraction. It doesn’t select, or hand on just bits and pieces. It doesn’t recreate because it doesn’t need to; what others long to recreate has been passed down in Orthodoxy essentially unchanged for centuries.

That’s about it.

You’re welcome.

One thought on “S.C.A. vs. E.O.

  1. The word that Smith and Campbell latched-on to was “restoration.” Campbell’s heirs (Churches of Christ, independent Christian Churches and the Disciples of Christ) would all be aghast if they realized how similar his plea was to Joseph Smith’s. But there is no danger of that as most are (for different reasons) extraordinarily ignorant of their own history. The “Restoration Principle” will not stand much scrutiny.

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