opinion is that the East is more interested in displaying a resurrected Christ instead of a suffering Christ.
However, I am not a theologian, so I am interested in what they have to say about this.
I'm not a theologian either, but I have thought about that many times. I recall that Billy Graham when preaching in Russia, was told by the Metropolitan that he should put more emphasis on the resurrection.
Since then he has, but it never came out with the same 'triumphalism' towards the resurrected Christ, as in the East. Somehow the sorrows of Christ tend to touch us more. It softens our hearts, and fills it with compassion.
From that, I decided that the Eastern culture must be more triumphalistic, so that they in turn, reacte more to the truth of the ressurection.
Well, I then came to the conclusion, and decided that this is probably the reason our motives are so misunderstood in non-Western parts of the world. It could be that these people are perceiving as triumphism, everything we accomplish or try to do.
Just a simple observation, from a very 'limited' person.