Other times, I’ve heard tell, some may have shopped around, joined ‘em all, then made Orthodoxy their final stop before … well, stopping. In other words, some give up on “church” entirely.
Having served as an Episcopal priest before converting to Orthodoxy, I was curious if there’d ever been a case where an Orthodox convert priest had gone back to the Anglican Communion. I asked a trusted Retread priest friend and he said, “I’ve only heard of one case … and when I asked him why he did it, he said, ‘I longed for sane conversation.’”
Recently, on the radio, I heard of a former Baptist minister who’d converted to Unitarianism. They said he was now full of doubt, but was so very adamant about it!
Anway … this leads me to the curious case of Fr Athanasios Wagner – or Tan the Man as he now calls himself. “Reverend Tan … the Man with the Plan … to help you make Right … to see the Light.” [At least that’s what was on his business card.]
But I’m getting ahead of myself.
Tan (whose given name is Willy) only lasted a few years in Orthodoxy – long enough to be catechized, baptized and ordained. This experience had apparently born some bitter fruit – for, so I’d heard, he’d started his own “church” out in the hills of East Tennessee called …
The Orthodixie Podcast on Ancient Faith Radio.