Several times I've read and even participated in discussions concerning the differences between Orthodox and Catholic theology. Too often I see that these differences are boiled down to "East vs. West." For example, it is simplistically implied that to become Orthodox is to reject Western philosophical categories or Western theological approaches, upon which is blamed every heresy (real or imagined).
I think, however, the differences in
Eastern and Western Christian approaches are too often overdrawn. Differences in approach have
existed since before the schism and, too often, they are
magnified out of proportion. When this is done, acceptable distinctions
become seemingly inseparable differences. A regrettable result is that
these differences are laid at the foot of the West generally or a
Western approach; or vice versa. The problem, in my view and in the view
of some Orthodox and Catholic theologians, is not the West or the East
but these distorted magnifications which overwhelm or skew or (in a few
cases) negate these different but acceptable approaches. The solution is to eschew the simplistic tendency to blame the West, and to embrace the good which both approaches offer.