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Offline Peter J

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What does it mean to be an inquirer?
« on: June 11, 2013, 07:13:59 AM »
What does it mean to be an inquirer?
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Re: What does it mean to be an inquirer?
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2013, 09:44:07 AM »
In what way?

If you mean, in a religious sense, the next step beyond "occasional visitor."  ;D

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Re: What does it mean to be an inquirer?
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2013, 10:51:52 AM »
That you're making serious inquiry into the life and faith of the Church while considering the possibility of becoming a member, but without yet having made a final decision or being officially affiliated with the Church in some way.

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Re: What does it mean to be an inquirer?
« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2013, 11:34:30 AM »
It doesn't carry the assumption that you will eventually be baptized/chrismated, as the catechumenate does.
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Re: What does it mean to be an inquirer?
« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2013, 11:38:50 AM »
That you're making serious inquiry into the life and faith of the Church while considering the possibility of becoming a member, but without yet having made a final decision or being officially affiliated with the Church in some way.

In what way?

If you mean, in a religious sense, the next step beyond "occasional visitor."  ;D

Yes, that's the sort of thing I'm looking for. (Not "inquirer" in the general, non-religious sense.  :laugh:)

Incidentally, I had "(inquirer into Orthodoxy)" in my profile for a while (after "Melkite"). I removed it, not that it is no longer true, but it's not one of the main things that I think of when describing my religious identity.

But regardless, I was curious how people see that term...
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Re: What does it mean to be an inquirer?
« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2013, 03:13:08 PM »
Well, if we're being serious...

That's what I would say an inquirer is - someone who is seriously interested in Orthodoxy. Someone who attends services more or less regularly and has at least talked to a priest about his/her interest. Perhaps someone who has studied or is reading Orthodox books and materials, or has attended classes if offered by the parish.
It was explained to me that an inquirer is like seriously dating someone - you're beginning to have the idea that they might be the One, but you want to get to know them better. Becoming a catechumen is like getting engaged - you have stated that your intention is to be received into the Orthodox Church.
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Re: What does it mean to be an inquirer?
« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2013, 03:56:46 PM »
That you're making serious inquiry into the life and faith of the Church while considering the possibility of becoming a member, but without yet having made a final decision or being officially affiliated with the Church in some way.

This is how I see it.