It was a mass baptism, my whole family except my dad were baptised (my dad was baptized in a displaced persons camp in Austria, his family was running from Stalin
) That's it. My dads name was Kalitvensev, in Russian, it means, 'man who swims up current'. Which is really what his life was, he was swimming up current because he had PTSD from vietnam and he had to drink vodka almost every night in order to cope with the stress.
Mass baptism by an "Eastern Orthodox Greek Priest" - especially around the 1960's - 1970's, does not sound too unusual.
He is the only reason why I am Orthodox, and my mom because she found out about his baptism.
So I am half Cossack. That is why I am Orthodox.
Forgive me and I never heard the above argument that being a Cossack makes one automatically an Orthodox Christian.
My mom liked to move around the churches to find out which ones were the most fit, she did not like the churches for some reason, and so I never really got settled into a church.
These would be Eastern Orthodox Churches?
Everyone in my family thinks she's insane, It , but she's had a breakthrough this last year since I started reading the Philokalia, and I showed her the truth of the Theology of the Faith(which saved my life, b/c mentally I probably could not go on without finding the spiritual books that were 'lost in space' in our bookshelf, I picked up Elder Joseph the hesychast, and started reading that, and it changed my life, and then, to my surprise I found all 4 volumes of the Philokalia 'lost in space' in the bookshelf, from then on I was lit completely ablaze for Orthodoxy.
The Philokalia are rare publications. To have had them on your family's bookshelf is impressive. Bear in mind that reading the Philokalia is like a 5 year old reading the works of Stephen Hawking.
Metropolitan Jonah told me that St Maximus was way too advanced for me, 2 months ago - which is indeed true, but when I read about what St Maximus had to say about Christ and redemption it brought me great consolation to my soul)
I wish I knew my Metropolitans as personally as you know Met. Jonah.
This went a bit off topic but oh well.
Not necessarily. The Orthodox praxis has many built-in safety mechanisms to prevent fanatical actions.