Another catechism I forgot to mention is St. Nikolai Velimirovic's The Faith of the Saints
. Looking over it, I would say that it's the best of the shorter catechisms (as opposed to the big, comprehensive Law of God
One weird thing about it is that St. Nikolai chooses to translate "Catholic" (as in, "One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church") as "ecumenical"
. Other than that, though, it's a very well-written and comprehensive catechism for its size.
Also, St. Tikhon's is re-publishing their These Truths We Hold
, which is a large catechism comparable to The Law of God
. The text is actually online here:http://www.stots.edu/these_truths_we_hold.html
One problem I see with this catechism is its section on Holy Tradition, which borrows some problematic concepts from Bishop Kallistos Ware. It says:
As Orthodox, however, while giving it due respect, we realize that not everything received from the past is of equal value. The Holy Scriptures, the Creed and the dogmatic and doctrinal definitions of the Ecumenical Councils hold the primary place in Holy Tradition and cannot be discarded or revised. The other parts of Holy Tradition are not placed on an equal level, nor do they possess the same authority as the above. The decrees of the Councils since the Seventh Ecumenical Council (787) obviously do not stand on the same level as the Nicene Creed, nor do the writings of, for example, the Byzantine theologians, hold equal rank with St. John's Gospel.
Does this mean that the teachings of St. Gregory Palamas on hesychasm, the essence and energies of God, and the uncreated Light, can be "discarded or revised"? Does this mean that a large body of our hymnody can be "discarded or revised"? I'd say there's a vast amount of Tradition that is not contained in the definitions of the Councils, the creed, or (explicitly) in Holy Scriptures but which is nonetheless important. I don't think it's very helpful to rank Tradition this way.