For many in the western world today, Orthodox Christianity is a wholly new or unknown thing.
Over the past few decades, Orthodox Christians in the Americas, Australia, Canada, the U.K., and elsewhere have worked to spread both the beauty and truth of the Orthodox faith in the English language. On this page, I have brought together some helpful resources and links that can aid in introducing a person to the Orthodox Church. As always, if you have any further questions, contact your local Orthodox priest, or send me some feedback, and I’ll try my best to help point you in the right direction.
Discovering Orthodox Christianity
This is a wonderful series of videos that were produced in 2013 by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North America. You can see all of their videos on their YouTube page, but I have included the first few introductory programs here for your convenience.
What is Christian Orthodoxy?
Worship and Life
The Bible in the Orthodox Church: The New Testament
The Bible in the Orthodox Church: The Old Testament
The Orthodox Faith
Originally a collection of four published volumes meant to introduce the history, theology, and practice of the Orthodox Church to both inquirers and high school students, this series by Fr. Thomas Hopko is now available online for free. This is probably one of the best and easiest to read introductions to all aspects of the Church available in English.
- Volume I – Doctrine. Volume 1 contains three sections: the sources of Christian Doctrine, the main doctrines of the Orthodox Church present by way of commentary on the Nicene Creed, and an explanation of the doctrine of the Holy Trinity.
- Volume II – Worship. Volume 2 contains five sections: the Church building, the Sacraments, the Daily Cycles of Prayer, the Church Year, and the Divine Liturgy.
- Volume III – Bible and Church History. Volume 3 contains one section on the contents and interpretation of the Bible, and one section on the history of the Church, emphasizing the main theological, liturgical and spiritual development of each century.
- Volume IV – Spirituality. Volume 4 deals with the main themes of Christian Life: prayer, fasting, repentance, the virtues, witness in the world, and communion with God.
What is Orthodox Christianity?
Have you stumbled upon this blog and found yourself asking, “What is Orthodoxy, anyway?”
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