Agree. I do love myself a beautiful church with great Architecture and stain glass windows. It says something positive that churches were the most beautiful buildings constructed. A protestant can go to church at a community centre or any building, which is fine, but kind of brings me down.infowarrior1 said:I think Baptists and a lot of the Protestants did throw out a lot of the baby with the bathwater. Architecturally and liturgically.NoMoreTO said:….
So while I think the Baptists focus on understanding the bible is admirable, I think that the Orthodox value on tradition and ceremony has a spiritual element to it that should not be under estimated.
The liturgical concept feels very normal to me, but I am not sure we can ever know if this is 'how' a Christian is supposed to worship.
The idea of people participating in an act such as palm sunday that represents something , or burning of incense, I find this fine. Some protestants think it is idol stuff, but I feel that is a little extreme.
On the other hand, I do feel that there is sometimes a history of the clergy not wanting or encouraging laymen to understand the bible. This is one thing that some protestants do well, they explain the bible as they preach, and encourage people to read the words.