Some notes I jotted down listening to a Carl Trueman lecture on the Medieval Church:
Greek Orthodox/Eastern Orthodox:
- High view of the Trinity.
- Highly-elaborate ritual and liturgy.
- Importance placed on icons, with theological arguments made for why dieficiation is given to these (vs. perceiving them as graven images)
- To Eastern Orthodox, icons are an idealized, divinized portrait of what they represent, with a theosis present, or a taking of God's power. With relics, there is something ontalogically transforming the item (similar to the human body of saints, hence why relics are important.)
Of course I disagree with their view of relics, but I did find it interesting to understand a little bit more of the background as to why they believe this. I visited a Greek Orthodox church ages ago, and noticed the elaborate ritual. I was impressed by the importance placed on head coverings, as this was something mandated for all women visiting, as the church adhered to a very high-view of I Cor. 11 (in many ways this was important for me in researching deeper into the head covering issue - that, and Sproul's comments on the topic.)