Hi witega, JamesRottnek, NicholasMyra, Αριστοκλής , Nicene, username!, mabsoota, Maximum Bob, FormerReformer, alanscott, stavros_388, ialmisry, nice to meet you all and thanks for the welcome and reading recommendations. The Way of a Pilgrim
and a couple of books about people's personal journeys to Orthodoxy are all my local library has on Orthodoxy. I'll look at buying or interloaning Met. Kallistos Ware's books next. The "Rainbow Series" looks really good too. The American slant doesn't worry me, but I'll probably go for the Ware books over those as they'll be easier to obtain. The 'Early Christian Writings' book looks like a good first introduction to the Early Church Fathers, as it contains the Didache and Epistles of St Ignatius. The Orthodox Study Bible is also on my wish list.
Witega - Background: My parents were not Christian, and God/religion was rarely discussed in our household. I started attending a Salvation Army in my 'tweens' and became a Christian a few months later. At university, I attended a pentecostal church for a few months, then switched to a Presbyterian church. I've stuck to churches of that denom ever since, though prefer to call myself a Christian rather than a '(insert name of Protestant denomination here)'. The churches I've attended have been more 'family' orientated with contemporary (but not OTT rock concert) worship music, not traditional or liturgical with hymns. Communion was a memorial or remembrance only. Baptism of believers was by full immersion in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Salvation Army didn't even observe those two sacraments, although members were allowed to receive them elsewhere.
Early church history before the English Reformation was rarely mentioned in those churches, and then only in passing. I know next to nothing about the Early Church Fathers, who most of them were, what they taught,etc. I guess I'm wanting some sort of "Early Church Fathers" primer, that gives a good overview of what was taught, believed and practiced in the during the early years of Christianity following on from the NT books. Something not slanted towards a particular viewpoint (e.g. tailored to support RC doctrine). I want to come at this as openmindedly as possible - from browsing threads here, I suspect my mind is going to be blown wide open and what I know as 'Christianity' to be thoroughly challenged.
JamesRottnek - I don't have specific questions at this stage, though further down the track I'll probably be asking questions about some aspects that aren't really addressed in Protestantism (e.g. veneration of Mary, saints, icons and relics). I'd like to do some preliminary reading and get some background knowledge before springboarding into questions.
mabsoota - where can I obtain the book 'Salvation in the Orthodox Concept? Thanks for the website recommendation
- yes I'm finding it very useful.
Thanks again, and I'm looking forward to continuing on this journey.