To my less theologicaly inclined readers:
As anyone who has read this blog with any regularity knows I engage in an ongoing dialogue/debate with Roman Catholics and Orthodox, and also am on the whole fairly positive on both.
What I would like to address is the reasons why I think the theologicaly uninclined and those less familiar with the nuances of the Christian landscape why they may in fact be of interest to you. Or in the least why I post on what may seem to be just so much spliting hairs.
I post my own search within the Christian landscape in part because that is what a blog is for, but I am also aware of the public nature of a blog and so I do think about having a diversity of readership (at least in theory.) I post things like this post and this post because there is in the very argument, agreemnts and disagreements shown in these topics a demonstration of what Christianity is.
Christianity has its existence because of a person at the center of an event twothousand years ago. The ideas about this person and that event are important, but not for themselves but because this person and event is seen as not only revealing to us who God is, but because that person was and is God, as a human fully embodied. In short the question of continuity with that person and that event through time is essential to whether or not a particular idea about that event is true. Continuity is essential to Christian faith precisely because God became a human person with a body, and gathered arround himself a particular group of people. If one is going to fully undestand Christianity and that entity called the Church one must grasp the way in which Christianity has this attachement to a particular person and a particular group of people.
The continuity with this person and the group of people gathered around that person is usually articulated as "apostolicity", because those Jesus Christ gathered around himself as the foundation of a particular community called the Church, are called apostles. Legitimacy from a Christian perspective then is bound up with that continuity, "orthodoxy" is the another way of speaking of this continuity. In any case while these discussions may seem abstract they are in fact profoundly concrete in the desire to show continuity with the advent of the person Jesus Christ who is God in human flesh.