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A Quickie Definition of Orthodoxy

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  • Christopher Orr
    The following is a suggested emendation of a brief introduction to Orthodox Christianity on the back of the wedding program of good friends, most of whose
    Message 1 of 2 , Sep 1, 2008
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      The following is a suggested emendation of a brief introduction to Orthodox
      Christianity on the back of the wedding program of good friends, most of
      whose friends and family are not Orthodox. Thoughts?*

      *Christopher*
      *

      *
      About the Eastern Orthodox Church*

      Orthodox Christianity � most familiar to Americans as the traditional
      Christian churches of Russia, Greece, Serbia, Georgia, Jerusalem, etc. �
      became seen as a distinct branch of Christianity after the 11th-century
      'Great Schism' between the bishops of the Eastern Mediterranean - led by the
      bishop of New Rome-Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul) - and the bishop of
      'Old' Rome (the Pope).

      The Eastern Orthodox Church is often described as a 'mystical' church less
      interested in dissecting and defining dogmas *about* God than in
      prayer *to*and worship
      *of* God the Holy Trinity. While true to an extent, the Orthodox Church does
      not set doctrine over and against personal spirituality; she simply follows
      the ancient dictum that "the law of prayer is the law of faith" (not vice
      versa) and is, therefore, zealous in maintaining her ancient, apostolic
      traditions (cf. 2 Thess 2:15).

      Religious authority in Orthodox Christianity is not centered on an
      infallible bishop, as in Roman Catholicism. Instead, the Orthodox Church
      considers Jesus Christ himself to be the present and active head of His very
      own Body, the Church. Orthodox bishops - especially when they meet in an
      ecumenical or universal council - together with the entire Church (clergy,
      monastics and laity; living and reposed) are responsible for guarding and
      keeping "the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints." (Jude
      1:3)

      Salvation is the purpose - "the one thing needful" (Luke 10:42) - of
      Orthodox Christianity. But, salvation is not seen as the mere forgiveness of
      sins or as the satisfaction of God's 'justice' or 'honor'. Salvation to the
      Orthodox Christian is the deifying of the human person, i.e., the process
      whereby we are united with God becoming more and more like the God-man,
      Jesus Christ, in whose image we are created (cf. Genesis 1:26).

      http://orrologion.blogspot.com/2008/09/quickie-definition-of-orthodoxy.html


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    • Travis (Constantine) Stolz
      Who wrote this?  Have you looked to see if there is something you could use from your priest or bishop?  At our son s recent Baptism, the priest made a few
      Message 2 of 2 , Sep 3, 2008
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        Who wrote this?� Have you looked to see if there is something you could use from your priest or bishop?� At our son's recent Baptism, the priest made a few brief remarks while George was being dried off.� Most of the people at the Baptism were non-Orthodox as well.� His remarks were brief, winsome, and just the thing.� A potential problem with something on the back of a bulletin is that it will be overlooked.� More important, it's more "personal" to engage people, to talk to them rather than have something on the back of a bulletin that they probably won't read.� �

        For what it's worth, I'd suggest�not using "branch"-type language as it flirts with all sorts of ecclesiological problems.� The Orthodox Church is, put simply, the Church and my humble opinion is that one can easily obscure this with language that tries to be helpful and explanatory.�

        Yours in Christ,
        Travis (Constantine)��

        _______________________
        Travis (Constantine) Stolz
        travis.stolz@...

        --- On Tue, 9/2/08, Christopher Orr <xcjorr@...> wrote:

        From: Christopher Orr <xcjorr@...>
        Subject: [LutheransLookingEast] A Quickie Definition of Orthodoxy
        To: LutheransLookingEast@yahoogroups.com
        Date: Tuesday, September 2, 2008, 2:57 AM

        The following is a suggested emendation of a brief introduction to Orthodox
        Christianity on the back of the wedding program of good friends, most of
        whose friends and family are not Orthodox. Thoughts?*

        *Christopher*
        *

        *
        About the Eastern Orthodox Church*

        Orthodox Christianity � most familiar to Americans as the traditional
        Christian churches of Russia, Greece, Serbia, Georgia, Jerusalem, etc. �
        became seen as a distinct branch of Christianity after the 11th-century
        'Great Schism' between the bishops of the Eastern Mediterranean - led
        by the
        bishop of New Rome-Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul) - and the bishop of
        'Old' Rome (the Pope).

        The Eastern Orthodox Church is often described as a 'mystical' church
        less
        interested in dissecting and defining dogmas *about* God than in
        prayer *to*and worship
        *of* God the Holy Trinity. While true to an extent, the Orthodox Church does
        not set doctrine over and against personal spirituality; she simply follows
        the ancient dictum that "the law of prayer is the law of faith" (not
        vice
        versa) and is, therefore, zealous in maintaining her ancient, apostolic
        traditions (cf. 2 Thess 2:15).

        Religious authority in Orthodox Christianity is not centered on an
        infallible bishop, as in Roman Catholicism. Instead, the Orthodox Church
        considers Jesus Christ himself to be the present and active head of His very
        own Body, the Church. Orthodox bishops - especially when they meet in an
        ecumenical or universal council - together with the entire Church (clergy,
        monastics and laity; living and reposed) are responsible for guarding and
        keeping "the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints."
        (Jude
        1:3)

        Salvation is the purpose - "the one thing needful" (Luke 10:42) - of
        Orthodox Christianity. But, salvation is not seen as the mere forgiveness of
        sins or as the satisfaction of God's 'justice' or 'honor'.
        Salvation to the
        Orthodox Christian is the deifying of the human person, i.e., the process
        whereby we are united with God becoming more and more like the God-man,
        Jesus Christ, in whose image we are created (cf. Genesis 1:26).

        http://orrologion.blogspot.com/2008/09/quickie-definition-of-orthodoxy.html


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