Well, it Christmas time again and that means some version of Dickens' A Christmas Carol can be found somewhere on TV throughout the month of December. I just watched the 1999 version starring Patrick Stewart on Youtube. The story revolves around Scrooge's self awareness, repentance, and ultimate redemption (salvation?). This made me wonder: as Protestants many of us remember could remember a similar moment, or at least a period of time that we'd identify as conversion (getting saved, being born again).
It is my understanding that while this moment in our Christian life is not focused on as much in Orthodoxy, it is not anathema but is indeed revered. One of the first sermons I heard from my current Orthodox priest was that 'you have to make the faith your own.' Additionally, while I have never read many of his works I understand that Dostoyevsky's writings often alluded to a sort of Christian awakening.
I am curious to hear other people's insights.
Ian who has taken the Christian name of John the Apostle