Apr 10, 2020, 9:47 AM
Probably not obvious, but the eastern orthodox church has succeeded by knowing its place and function, having smaller numbers, and so being less diverse, being a state religion and by proximity to hostiles (islam, turkey, the stans.).
Catholic church doubled down on (a) rule, (b) bureaucracy, and (c) dogma, and (d) they failed at both rule at home and colonial rule abroad, and (e) the dogma which while elegant could not reform.
The protestant churches couldn’t reform.
The evangelicals reformed and restored christianity to it’s origins as folk religion not a political religion.
Islam can’t reform.
judaism needs pressure to reform.
Buddhism hardly needs reform.
Shintoism is perfect as it is, and a lesson for us all.