From the Christian Science Monitor comes this interesting opinion:
A short quote:
Western suspicion of Eastern Orthodoxy can be traced back to before the Great Schism that divided the Christian Church in 1054. One hundred and fifty years later, it fueled the Crusaders' zeal for the sacking of. In the 18th century, it became a main theme of 's influential interpretation of the Roman Empire, which was later echoed in the writings of Oswald Spengler and Arnold Toynbee. And in modern times, Samuel Huntington, among others, has warned direly of the potential for clashes between "Slavic-Orthodox" civilization and the Catholic-Protestant West.
With the exception of, this sad legacy has made Western Europeans notoriously slow to accept countries with large Orthodox populations into pan-European institutions. In the current expansion eastward, however, it is inevitable that the values and mores of European institutions and alliances will be shaped more and more by the traditionalist views of Orthodox Christian believers and less and less by the modern, secularized Protestant assumptions of Western European democracies. Orthodox believers already far outnumber Protestants across Europe, and by some estimates they may eventually even surpass Roman Catholics. If 21st-century Europe ever develops a religious complexion, it will be predominantly Eastern Orthodox.
The entire article is worth a read.
RLCC Comment: This represents a mirror image of Church as Empire—The Romans were selfishly imperialistic and the Orthodox have fallen into that before as well. While the author of the Christian Science Monitor article downplays the dangers, we say the real Church has no part in the worldly state and it has no place in the Church. We remind our readers that the real Church and real state are one and not of the current false state of this world. The current state is upside down. It lords it over the people, which is antichrist, per Jesus himself.