I have something that has been bothering me for some time, I suppose I should be happy that things are moving along so quickly for me in becoming Orthodox, but I'm not, I'm concerned.
I became involved with an Orthodox parish near me, and the priest is an absolutely wonderful, engaging, kind person. We've had many long chats about theological issues (he knows my entire background with Orthodox Judaism, Traditional RC, etc)...we've discussed issues such as RC pre-V2 moral theology, the Divine Liturgy, the Eastern Catholics and their history with Orthodoxy vs Rome, the LXX vs the Masoretic, modalism, the Talmud, the Zohar, early Jewish and Christian differences, notably Justin the Philosopher's Dialogue with Trypho the Jew...and a lot more. He knows all the books I've read on Orthodoxy (The Orthodox Church; A Second Look at the Second Coming, the Catechism of the Orthodox Church, the Orthodox Study Bible, lots more)....and he is very eager to chrismate me ASAP.
Shouldn't I actually go through a course in Orthodoxy first? Isn't that what catechumens do?
When I became a (Traditional) Roman Catholic, I studied with a priest each week for about a year. Isn't that how its done in Orthodoxy too?
I feel very embarassed because Father often introduces me to people as someone who "knows everything", but really, I'm not. I know I have to have gaps in what I know, its only natural.
How do I handle this situation? Is it right for me to suggest to a priest that maybe he isn't handling things the right way? Isn't he supposed to know?