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Talk:Responses to OCA autocephaly
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01:26, May 20, 2008
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: I also agree with your observations on the POV sentence. [[User:Seminarist|Seminarist]] 16:53, May 18, 2008 (UTC)
In hopes that this may provide a bit of focus in this discussion:
*Remember that article titles are not to make some sort of statement or represent anyone's official position.
*Article titles should use the most common term in English-speaking Orthodoxy (with some allowance made for extremely common usages outside Orthodoxy in certain cases).
*The point in titling articles is to help the reader find what he's looking for. An article with an obscure but "technically correct" title is less likely even to be read.
All that being said, I honestly don't think there's a single term which groups the churches in question in this article (EP, Alexandria, Antioch, Jerusalem & Greece) all together in a way which is technically correct and yet also meaningful in terms of what they have in common (something which Fr. John Romanides terms ''Romanity'', which is a lovely term but meaningless to most readers). ''Byzantine'' is the best I can come up with, but I acknowledge that it's not accurate in all possible ways. Just how '''does''' one describe with a single term those multi-ethnic, multi-national churches which share a heritage arising from a shared history in the Eastern Roman Empire and the strong liturgical influence of the typikon of the Great Church? "Mediterranean Orthodox" might work, but it's altogether a bit too fanciful and not remotely clear in what it refers to.
What does seem to be clear is that there was a united front which opposed the OCA's autocephaly when it was declared and that that front has a great deal in common. How one describes what it is they have in common in a single term which is recognizable to the non-specialist (i.e., 99% of encyclopedia readers) is the question for the titling of this article.
Please, folks, make sure you read the [[OW:SM|Style Manual]], because it addresses most (though not all) of the arguments put forward here thus far, and it does represent official OrthodoxWiki policy. Policy is of course always negotiable, but you'll have a lot of convincing to do of the entire administration.
Anyway, I'd be willing to settle for ''Response to OCA autocephaly'' with redirects from ''Byzantine response to...'' and ''Greek Orthodox response to...'' I don't think it's the best option—since it leaves out entirely the very '''something''' ("Romanity?") which these churches share, and it also then necessitates a major reworking of the article to include the positive responses, as well—but if it's the consensus favorite, I'd be willing to run with it. —[[User:ASDamick|<font size="3.5" color="green" face="Adobe Garamond Pro, Garamond, Georgia, Times New Roman">Fr. Andrew</font>]] <sup>[[User_talk:ASDamick|<font color="red">talk</font>]]</sup> <small>[[Special:Contributions/ASDamick|<font color="black">contribs</font>]] <font face="Adobe Garamond Pro, Garamond, Georgia, Times New Roman">('''[[User:ASDamick/Wiki-philosophy|THINK!]]''')</font></small> 01:26, May 20, 2008 (UTC)
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