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Offline Red A.

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My brain hurts.
« on: June 02, 2011, 08:58:45 PM »
I'm on Catechetical lecture 11 and I'm in so far over my head I'd have to change planes twice to get a breath of air.

Walking into the Orthodox church I thought I was passingly adequate in my knowledge of the bible but every moment I move forward in my lessons here I feel like such a neophyte.

Often segment of the lecture seems to repeat itself, but there is often just a subtle change of tense or even paradigm that hints at a new look at what was to me an old concept. 

For a person that regards himself as passingly intelligent this is a humbling experience.

No point, just venting.

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Re: My brain hurts.
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2011, 10:00:07 PM »
For a person that regards himself as passingly intelligent this is a humbling experience.

Story of my life...  ;)

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Re: My brain hurts.
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2011, 10:02:18 PM »
For a person that regards himself as passingly intelligent this is a humbling experience.

Story of my life...  ;)

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Re: My brain hurts.
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2011, 10:04:27 PM »
I'm on Catechetical lecture 11 and I'm in so far over my head I'd have to change planes twice to get a breath of air.

Walking into the Orthodox church I thought I was passingly adequate in my knowledge of the bible but every moment I move forward in my lessons here I feel like such a neophyte.

Often segment of the lecture seems to repeat itself, but there is often just a subtle change of tense or even paradigm that hints at a new look at what was to me an old concept. 

For a person that regards himself as passingly intelligent this is a humbling experience.

No point, just venting.

One often finds the truth humbling... I was chrismated almost a year ago and there is plenty I do not know, I learn more every day. It is very humbling indeed to think that you know so much only to find you never knew it at all.

For a person that regards himself as passingly intelligent this is a humbling experience.

Story of my life...  ;)

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Re: My brain hurts.
« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2011, 10:19:12 PM »
For a person that regards himself as passingly intelligent this is a humbling experience.
I feel like this every day. The other OC.net posters put me to shame. Utter shame.

Humbling indeed!
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Re: My brain hurts.
« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2011, 10:47:39 PM »
Thanks everyone, I am now done with 11. I always suspected it went much deeper than I was getting outside the Orthodox Church, but I had no idea how tough it would really be. This is every bit as tough to digest as the first time I read zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance, but this time I have to turn in a book report at the end of each chapter. Nice to hear others have had the same experience.

It is very humbling indeed to think that you know so much only to find you never knew it at all.
This is exactly where I am right now. Each door opens to a new concept with yet more doors, each horizon leads to a new view of many other horizons. My trouble that adds to this experience is that I want it all right now. I feel I was deprived for too many years of this instruction and I feel I am playing catch up to get where I feel I should be.

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Re: My brain hurts.
« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2011, 10:56:08 PM »

Isn't Orthodoxy beautiful?!?

It's infinite...the more you learn...the more you realize there is still to learn.

There's no end to it!

I love it!

Orthodoxy truly is Eternal in every sense of the word!

...and Eternity is always humbling.
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Re: My brain hurts.
« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2011, 12:53:10 AM »
I think the best approach to take to learning about Orthodoxy is always one of the Catechumen, there is always so much more to learn. Obviously this doesn't apply to how one should approach the chalice though.  ;)

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Re: My brain hurts.
« Reply #8 on: June 04, 2011, 04:57:45 AM »
Catechetical Lecture Number 11? Book report after each chapter? Sounds like ... I'm not sure what that sounds like ... is it an entire class? when its all over a mass baptism? or ... ? that sort of thing is outside-waaayyyy outsdie of my experience with Orthodoxy! not saying its bad or good - just something i have never seen ... awfully organized .... it seems ....

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Re: My brain hurts.
« Reply #9 on: June 04, 2011, 03:46:44 PM »
Catechetical Lecture Number 11? Book report after each chapter? Sounds like ... I'm not sure what that sounds like ... is it an entire class? when its all over a mass baptism? or ... ? that sort of thing is outside-waaayyyy outsdie of my experience with Orthodoxy! not saying its bad or good - just something i have never seen ... awfully organized .... it seems ....
Nope no class, this is done on an individual basis. There are classes on the history of the church and there was a class given on the Divine Liturgy. For the Catechetical lectures, each lecture is broken up into small segments and we are required to give our thoughts or interpretation of each section. Lecture 11 is broken up into 24 sections, lecture 12 has 34. It is sent to me via e-mail on a word document and I send my report back the same way.