- Pathfinder

Reply To: Are there elements of ancient and/or modern Near Eastern Christianity that are present in your own church/faith life? If so, what are they? If not, would you be open to implementing any?

Max Prowant

I was particularly interested in how some of the Eastern Christians believe that the whole of human sensation is activated during worship. Eastern Christians do not simply listen to the word, they do not just hear the gospel read to them, but incorporate sight and smell and presumably physical touch as well. Raised in the Catholic Church, this was present to some degree. The priest would spread incense, for example. There was beautiful choral music and the great beauty of catholic cathedrals is unparalleled. Now atteneding a Baptist church, these elements are absent. They are absent, I think, to the detriment of the practitioners who could stand to benefit from a fuller experience of God.