I figured that those of you who were originally Roman Catholic would have no issue with our Orthodox understanding of the Theotokos but still it is a good lecture series to listen to because Fr. Tom does mention how the RC and Orthodox view of her diverge. I have been Orthodox my whole life and there were many things he spoke about which shed light on my perspective.
But I am really hoping this series reaches all of those evangelicals and other types of Protestants who were raised to basically ignore her. I remember asking an ex-evangelical friend what she learned about the Theotokos or the Incarnation as a Protestant. She told me they NEVER discussed her. The focus was on Christ. As Protestants they were taught the Virgin Mary was just an instrument and any woman could have been chosen. Well, if you listen to lecture series, Fr. Tom lays that idea to rest very quickly. Also, I had another ex-evangelical friend mention how hard it was for her to sing the prayer,"Theotokos, save us!" even after she had become Orthodox.
I am so happy to hear that a few of you have listened to this series and it was beneficial. In the past, I can't remember how many times I have heard various Orthodox lectures and wished I could share what I heard with my friends. I am so grateful that we now have the ability to record and then archive this information so that anyone can access it. Thank God!
I am very grateful to John Maddex for archiving these lectures at AFR. He then decided to create a whole section for Fr. Tom's lectures on the archive so even after Fr. Tom is no longer with us we will still be able to listen to his words.