Hey easy there, fella! Don't forget that "Faith" is about finding the things you like from each religion and customizing it to suit your own individualistic taste(s). Just jumble it all together! It's basically a postmodernists wet-dream.TheMathematician said:In the earliest Christian Church, as you put it, what need would there to be icons? The death of Christ was still recent, and many of the disciples still knew Him firsthand, so why write icons of someone that way in your midst(as a living breathing person, ignoring everything else).
In that respect, it's perfectly reasonable to assume that the things you don't like about Orthodoxy, never really happened at all! After all, if something really happened, there would be well documented evidence to support it. This is especially true for the first century Church, which had plenty of time and resources to leave a detailed, secure record of all their practices and the meaning behind them. If they wanted us to venerate icons, they wouldn't have left it to mere Tradition, right?
Oh yeah, and the Church has no authority to introduce other forms of worship that were not around in the first two centuries.