Jason Zengerle at The New Republic has an interesting article on evangelical converts to Orthodoxy (via Rod). I had not seen it before Rod mentioned it. It is worth reading (and not because it quotes me), and I think it presents a fair picture of Orthodoxy in America. Evangelicals may be less pleased with the portrayal they receive, but nothing glaring leaps out at me as an unfair description.
There is understandably considerable geographical overlap among the people interviewed for the article, but this story is very focused on one very specific region in the west suburbs. My Scene colleague Alan Jacobs teaches at Wheaton College, which is literally down the road from my parish, and the Antiochian parish Holy Transfiguration is fairly close nearby. In fact, several families from Holy Transfiguration have been visiting our parish lately, and I realised with a sudden shock that the priest they have been telling me about is none other than the subject of Mr. Zengerle’s article.
Update: I hadn’t noticed the title of the article: “The Iconoclasts.” As an eye-catching title, it works, but I wonder if Mr. Zengerle appreciates just how much Orthodox Christians dislike the historic Iconoclasts? We anathematise them every year. My guess is that most Orthodox converts would find the title annoying at best.