"Seek out the society of your boon companions, drink, play, talk bawdy, and amuse yourself. One must sometimes commit a sin out of hate and contempt for the Devil, so as not to give him the chance to make one scrupulous over mere nothings…" –Luther

FT, I was sick with the flu yesterday and today, so I can’t give a detailed response. Anyway, here’s some bullet points.

  1. The original quote was a joke with a kernel of truth. It was not a detailed discussion of liturgical history.
  2. Anyone who says that the Orthodox liturgy never changes at all is misinformed or lying.
  3. Nonetheless, there are changes and then there are changes. The Orthodox liturgy has never been subject to a revision even as significant as that which the Roman Rite underwent at Trent, to say nothing of the various Protestant liturgies.
  4. Generally speaking, the Orthodox are more comfortable with gradual evolution and accretion in the liturgy, and less comfortable with deliberate revision. I expect that Lutherans feel the opposite, but we’re not going to solve that problem here.