@Hong Wu ;
Well, I'm not sure that I can agree with you on some of this.
It appears that it's likewise with me, I'm afraid.
It does broach another related subject though that I have been thinking about recently. If I am understanding Orthodox Christianity correctly, the Logos refers to Christ and the Bible (the word of God), correct? In western philosophy, Logos is often interpreted as being reason itself.
They're not exclusive, for Reason, as it turns out, is the Supra-Personal Triune God of the Christian Faith, and nothing that is True is alien to Truth Himself.
I was thinking that the decline of the west might be explained like this: if the Logos is both God and reason, yet reason has become materialism, this would mean by its own terms that God is no longer God. This is why "God is dead".
The ''god of the philosophers'' happens to not exist, to not be the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Nobody could truly believe in their hearts and souls in the ''God'' of Deism and Pantheism, practically it's the same as belief in no god at all.
Relatedly, I've argued for a form of didactic materialism which I believe might preserve the western Logos and which I think is prevalent in new right argumentation, yet due to widespread hostility within western academia and leftist censorship, it cannot progress beyond the edges of the internet.
Yes, sorry, unfortunately I feel compelled to not go for that set of concepts either.
Getting back to the debate as specific to Orthodox Christianity. As Noemon mentioned, Sophia seems to be explicitly female and I view this as an acknowledgement of pagan philosophical concepts.
It isn't an acknowledgement of any such thing, for that which is false is parasitic on that which is true and real, and ''Sophia'', meaning ''Wisdom'', is specifically the Second Person of the Christian Godhead, as both St. Paul and the Orthodox Fathers agree. Whatever nonsense from Gnostics and Pagans presents itself in an attempt to detract from that is really not my concern, as I hew to the truth revealed and preserved in Holy Tradition, Holy Scripture.
A similar issue exists in early versions of the Qur'an where they originally allowed worship of some Arab pagan Goddesses but then they changed it later after they realized it was inconsistent with monotheism. Yet Islam is also obviously influenced by Arabian pagan philosophy, as well as apparently by Platonism.
Apples and Oranges.
This is also where I typically split with Christians. I have no problem with viewing Christianity as a development of western metaphysical philosophy but most Christians (both western and Orthodox) want to view it as a perfect revelation.
I think there's a certain special kind of outrageous temerity in having non-Christians try to tell Christians what form and content their ''Christianity'' should be. I'm not abiding by that. No, Christianity is personal, relational, salvific. to take away from that is to take away all It's meaning.
No thanks. So it seems that our conversation then is at an obligatory standoff at this point, as we're living and thinking in two worlds, only one of which is real however. I'm taking Pascal's Wager and then some, and retaining my Faith.
But man is a fickle and disreputable creature and perhaps, like a chess-player, is interested in the process of attaining his goal rather than the goal itself.