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« on: May 24, 2011, 06:12:25 PM »

Does anyone have any statistics on about how many people convert from Protestantism or Roman Catholicism to Orthodoxy annually?
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« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2011, 03:11:01 AM »

Balanced against how many people leave Orthodoxy annually for Protestantism or Catholicism or not?  Wink
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« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2011, 03:30:03 PM »

Balanced against how many people leave Orthodoxy annually for Protestantism or Catholicism or not?  Wink
Either will do.
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« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2011, 03:35:55 PM »

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The Encyclopedia Britannica yearbook has some data showing how many in natural increase, how many conversions from (but not what to) and conversions to (but not what from). Anything in particular you looking for?
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« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2011, 04:57:37 PM »

The Encyclopedia Britannica yearbook has some data showing how many in natural increase, how many conversions from (but not what to) and conversions to (but not what from). Anything in particular you looking for?
All of that sounds interesting, actually. If you have a copy, would you mind posting some of the statistics?
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« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2011, 06:51:10 PM »

Balanced against how many people leave Orthodoxy annually for Protestantism or Catholicism or not?  Wink

This is sad, but I have yet to learn a good reason for such a move.  Probably most Orthodox who become Catholic or Protestant were Catholic or Protestant to begin with and/or never really came to learn about, understand, or live the faith.  Or, they were raised in an Orthodox Church and never learned about the Orthodox faith, perhaps because services were always in a foreign language and their parents and clergy didn't teach them anything outside of the services.  We have countless stories of Roman Catholic and Protestant monastics and clergy that entered the Orthodox Church for reasons of faith and conviction after studying the Fathers and the early Church.  Have you ever heard of an Orthodox priest or monk becoming a Protestant or Catholic because he read the Fathers and Church history and was convinced of the need for Papal Primacy or of Sola Scriptura? 
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« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2011, 09:40:41 PM »

Have you ever heard of an Orthodox priest or monk becoming a Protestant or Catholic because he read the Fathers and Church history and was convinced of the need for Papal Primacy or of Sola Scriptura? 

Do you remember the thread concerning the TV show "The Journey Home"?
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« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2011, 10:54:48 PM »

Have you ever heard of an Orthodox priest or monk becoming a Protestant or Catholic because he read the Fathers and Church history and was convinced of the need for Papal Primacy or of Sola Scriptura? 
Several of the early American Orthodox clergy -- including both old world "cradles" and a couple of converts  -- eventually left the faith for Rome or Protestantism.
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« Reply #8 on: May 26, 2011, 09:28:43 AM »

Have you ever heard of an Orthodox priest or monk becoming a Protestant or Catholic because he read the Fathers and Church history and was convinced of the need for Papal Primacy or of Sola Scriptura? 

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