How They Love One Another by Thomas S. Buchanan

How They Love One Another

Behold how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity.
—Psalm 133:1

Occasionally I am out of town on week ends and have the opportunity to visit other churches. On one recent trip I heard an Orthodox priest give a homily on “Why Protestantism is Wrong.” Although the homily did not have that title per se, that seemed to be the heart of his message. Such homilies, I fear, are not uncommon in the Orthodox Church. In part they arise from an inferiority complex. The Orthodox know they are “behind in the polls,” and they know who their competition is.

I have never heard a Protestant sermon on why Orthodoxy is wrong. Protestants just don’t think about the Orthodox because they are considered to be insignificant (if they are considered at all). I have, however, heard Baptist preachers speak on “Why Catholicism is Wrong.” I believe that it is because I have only infrequently worshipped in Catholic churches that I have yet to hear a Catholic priest give a homily attacking one of the other two groups.

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Thomas S. Buchanan is the George W. Laird Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Delaware. He has studied at UCSD, Northwestern University, and MIT, and has held visiting professorships at the University of Western Australia and the University of Aix-Marseille. He has served as department chairman, deputy dean, and institute director, president of the American Society of Biomechanics, and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Applied Biomechanics. He is on the Board of Trustees of Saint Katherine College, the editorial board of Touchstone, and the board of The Fellowship of St. James.

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