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« on: December 26, 2009, 08:06:39 PM »

Peace in Christ,

I'm a convert to Roman rite Catholicism but at the beginning of my conversion to Christianity, Orthodoxy played an integral part. Despite practicing Catholicism for several years now, the possibility of the Orthodox being right always rears its head up. I don't know what it is, but the ancient and mystical character of the Orthodox really draws me to it. I figure my search will either lead me to orthodoxy or make me a stronger catholic, either way the result is beneficial.

I don't really know where to begin so I'll ask you guys... is there some historical or theological point you'd recommend I start researching?


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« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2009, 09:11:33 PM »

Sojourn,

Welcome to the forum Smiley  I suppose you will get three handfuls of suggestions on what you could look into... but fwiw, my suggestion would be the Orthodox view of salvation. I guess that's a pretty broad area, though. Specifically, I mean the relationship between God and a person as they "work out their salvation" through a "life in Christ". Or, to use terms that Orthodox Christians sometimes use, I am talking about theosis or deification. Works that I have personally found helpful regarding this subject are...

The Deification of Man: St. Gregory Palamas and the Orthodox Tradition, by Georgios I. Mantzaridis
Deification in Christ: Orthodox Perspectives on the Nature of the Human Person, by Panayiotis Nellas
The Life in Christ by Nicholas Cabasilas
The Institutes and Conferences of St. John Cassian

If you're looking for something online, I'm sure I could find some articles on the subject.
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« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2009, 10:31:15 PM »

Something online that you can recommend would be really appreciated.
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« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2009, 10:40:10 PM »

You can find excerpts of Timothy Ware's "The Orthodox Way" here:

http://www.fatheralexander.org/booklets/english/history_timothy_ware_1.ht

It's a good primer on Orthodoxy and a "must read" for anyone wanting to learn more about the Church.
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« Reply #4 on: December 26, 2009, 10:43:08 PM »

You can find excerpts of Timothy Ware's "The Orthodox Way" here:

http://www.fatheralexander.org/booklets/english/history_timothy_ware_1.ht

It's a good primer on Orthodoxy and a "must read" for anyone wanting to learn more about the Church.

Two small additions:

1. The link you gave is broken, it should be: http://www.fatheralexander.org/booklets/english/history_timothy_ware_1.htm

2. Your link goes to The Orthodox Church, not The Orthodox Way. (Though I also highly recommend The Orthodox Way if the OP wants more book suggestions!)
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« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2009, 01:32:36 AM »

I am recommending The Orthodox Way as well.  It changed my life.
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« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2009, 12:42:02 PM »

Something online that you can recommend would be really appreciated.

Here are a few articles that I found...

Works and Faith in Orthodoxy
Theosis: Partaking of the Divine Nature
Salvation By Christ: A Response to the Credenda/Agenda
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« Reply #7 on: December 27, 2009, 04:23:21 PM »

is there some historical or theological point you'd recommend I start researching?


I would start from the chalice. Specifically, the practice of partaking of both species during communion.
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« Reply #8 on: December 27, 2009, 10:38:24 PM »

I'm not exactly sure what you're looking for but this may be of some interest to you. It's audio from an online Orthodox class. It kind of gives broad overviews of different aspects of Orthodoxy. They only have one more class left to go on Monday but you can listen to all the past episodes here:
http://www.acrod.org/multimedia/audio/conferences/orth101-mp3
This may give you some ideas to look further into.
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« Reply #9 on: December 27, 2009, 10:50:05 PM »

Something online that you can recommend would be really appreciated.

I would recommend "Orthodox Dogmatic Theology" by Father Michael Pomazansky.  This is a work that was instrumental in leading me to Orthodoxy.  Fr. Pomazansky does a pretty good job of treating the Roman Catholic (and various Protestant) beliefs fairly when comparing them to the Orthodox Church.  This work is also lacking the polemics so common in dogmatic works.  The book seems to me to be written to inform both those who are already Orthodox, as well as those seeking.
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« Reply #10 on: December 28, 2009, 12:04:14 AM »

Something online that you can recommend would be really appreciated.

I would recommend "Orthodox Dogmatic Theology" by Father Michael Pomazansky.  This is a work that was instrumental in leading me to Orthodoxy.  Fr. Pomazansky does a pretty good job of treating the Roman Catholic (and various Protestant) beliefs fairly when comparing them to the Orthodox Church.  This work is also lacking the polemics so common in dogmatic works.  The book seems to me to be written to inform both those who are already Orthodox, as well as those seeking.

I agree. My priest loaned me a copy of that book and it was instrumental for me as well.

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« Reply #11 on: December 28, 2009, 05:33:32 PM »

If I may, I'll recommend this article: http://www.antiochian.org/assets/asset_manager/da42e6049df1d08bff1865c1ac19e759.pdf, entitled The View of Sin in the Early Church. 
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