Eastern “Blind Spot” or “Cross-Pollination”? (via Orthocath)
For your consideration, I present an excellent post from the Orthocath blog about a fundamentalist, Protestant idea that things like the Eucharist and Liturgy were nothing more than apostate ideas spread from interaction. The blogger presents some fine arguments and shows how the Ancient Christian Churches, despite their separation in both doctrine and geography, each hold similar doctrines with regards to the Eucharist being the body of blood of Christ and the use of a liturgy.
I will add this to the debate, because it is worth consideration. There is a distinct possibility that the Ancient Churches–the Eastern Orthodox, Western Catholic, Oriental Orthodox, Assyrian Church of the East, and St Thomas Christians of India–each share there common ways because they had the same founders. The majority of primitive missionaries came from Roman occupied land in Palestine, many of the second generation missionaries and bishops had the Apostles as their teachers and overseers (such as St. Ignatius of Antioch) and it is not too far of a stretch to imagine that they shared a common set of beliefs. However, if the practices of the Ancient Churches spread through the Apostles then this would present new challenges to some notions of cross pollination.
Alright, enough of my amatuerish musings, go forth and read!