In another thread, Seraphim has been making a lot of unsupported assertions. He replies to arguments against his position or requests for documentation of his claims with comments like the following:
"LOL, its in the tradition."
"Obviously, Arianism is something Orthodoxy is well aware of. So how can that be a good argument?"
"The Jews are big into veneration anyway. They kiss everything, their doorposts when they leave the house, their prayer shawls, their scrolls and so forth. There's no doubt in my mind Orthodox inherited veneration from the Jews. The alternative is your mysterious force which changed Jews and Christians alike."
That's his level of argumentation.
At one point, he criticized Protestants for not having held a council within the last ten years in order to settle their disagreements. Supposedly, the failure to hold a council within ten years proves a lack of concern for unity. After I explained that the church fathers didn't hold councils within ten years to settle their disagreements, nor has Eastern Orthodoxy, he replied:
"Let's say 100 years then."
As you can see, Seraphim doesn't give his arguments much thought, and he'll change his standards in the middle of a discussion without even attempting to offer any justification.
He equated historical evidence with Eastern Orthodox Tradition. I cited some examples of portions of the historical record that can't be equated with Eastern Orthodox Tradition, such as archeology. He replied:
"Archeology is the study of history via artifacts as far as I know. Orthodoxy is big on artifacts."
How does the fact that "Orthodoxy is big on artifacts" interact with my point that archeological evidence isn't equivalent to Eastern Orthodox Tradition?
His posts are largely characterized by comments like the ones I've cited above. He makes threads significantly lengthier by posting such comments over and over again. Thus, it's probably less likely that people will read the threads, and the threads are significantly more difficult to read for those who choose to do so. It's my judgment that Seraphim's presence is doing more harm than good. I've deleted his latest post in the thread linked above, and he's now banned from Triablogue.