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Christian Orthdodoxy
The Orthodox Church is the original Christian Church, the church founded by the Lord Jesus Christ and described in the pages of the New Testament. Her history can be traced in unbroken continuity all the way back to Christ and his Twelve Apostles.
Incredible as it seems, for over twenty centuries she has continued in her undiminished and unaltered faith and practice. Today her apostolic doctrine, worship, and structure remain intact. The Orthodox Church maintains that the Church is the living Body of Jesus Christ.
Many of us are surprised to learn that for the first 1000 years of Christian history there was just one Church. It was in the eleventh century that a disastrous split occurred between Orthodox East and Latin West. Although it had been brewing for years, the so-called “Great Schism” of 1054 represented a formal and shocking separation between Rome and Orthodoxy. At the core of the controversy were two vitally important areas of disagreement: the role of the papacy, and the manner in which doctrine is to be interpreted.
One writer has compared Orthodoxy to the faith of Rome and Protestantism in this basic fashion: Orthodoxy has maintained the New Testament tradition, whereas Rome has often added to it and Protestantism subtracted from it.
For example, Rome added to the ancient Creed of the Church, while numerous Protestant Churches rarely study or recite it. Rome has layers of ecclesiastical authority; much of Protestantism is anti-hierarchical or even “independent” in polity. Rome introduced indulgences and purgatory; in reaction, Protestantism shies away from good works and discipline.
In these and other matters, the Orthodox Church has steadfastly maintained the apostolic faith. She has avoided both the excesses of papal rule and of congregational independence. She understands the clergy as servants of Christ and his people and not as a special privileged class. She preserved the Apostles doctrine of the return of Christ at the end of the age, of the last judgement and eternal life, and continues to encourage her people to grow in Christ through union with him. In a word, Orthodox Christianity has maintained the faith “once for all delivered to the saints.”

Orthodox Christianity in the 21st Century | Pew Research Center
— Concentrated in Europe, Orthodox Christians have declined as a percentage of the global population, but Ethiopian community is highly observant and growing

The Church is the unity of all worlds, earthly and heavenly, of angels and men, of the living and the dead. We obtain real communion with God and we participate in God’s uncreated energy. God does not stay in heaven, directing history from there. He directs the world with His uncreated governing energies. We do not aim at appeasing God, but to heal ourselves, so that the vision of God becomes light for us and not fire. Furthermore, in the Church we live eternal life starting from now. We do not simply await the life to come, but we experience and enjoy it from the present. The Kingdom of God, according to the [Church] Fathers, is not life beyond the grave, but communion with God, above all, the vision of the uncreated Light.
— Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos, The Illness and Cure of the Soul in the Orthodox Tradition

Mystic Pizza (1988) — Don't Monkey With Tradition!  

The Mystic & the Lawyer - the Nature of Redemption
The Orthodox concept of redemption may be briefly epitomized as follows: the meaning of "atonement" is really "to remove (or overcome) the cause of separation." In other words, man is alienated from God by sin (by his constant "missing of the mark"), and so he is in bondage to death.
Since man sins continually due to the power of death (which is held by Satan), sin alienates man from God, and death perpetuates the separation (and vice versa). By death, we fall short (again, by "missing the mark"—sin) of our original destiny, which is to live through unity with the Creator. We are ransomed by Christ from the power of death so that we can become partakers of the divine essence and share in immortality, which belongs to God alone. Being ransomed from the power and fear of death, we are thus redeemed from bondage to the Evil One, a bondage that has been affected and strengthened by our own sinful passions. Christ did not die to save us from God, as the neo-pagan doctrine of “substitutionary sacrifice atonement” teaches.

Zeal that desires to uproot all evil is in fact the very worst evil.
— St. Joseph of Optina (1837-†1911)

IMPORTANT!
What is Orthodox Christianity? | YouTube
Theophany, Holy Water, and the Goodness of Creation Matter Matters! | YouTube
The Holy Trinity | YouTube
What is a Sacrament? | YouTube
A Church of Mysteries | YouTube
How Christ Unites Us | YouTube
United by Forgiveness | YouTube
What is Sin? | YouTube

Person, Nature, and Personhood Theology
Genesis Theology: Patristic Understandings

Scripture, Authority, and Tradition Part 1 | Orthodox Road

Eastern Orthodox Perspectives on Fallenness and Sinfulness

Heaven and Hell – A Different Perspective
— Problems With “Westernized” Hell
Many Protestants teach the concept of hell as an eternal torture chamber, devoid of God’s presence, where “bad” souls are sent who did not “accept Jesus into their hearts.” This concept creates numerous misunderstandings of God, but I’ll only touch on two of them.
Firstly, everything that exists is held in existence by Christ Himself. That includes every place and every person (Col. 1:17). There is nowhere that exists in which God is not present to some extent. The psalmist writes that even if he were to make his bed in Hades, God would be there as well.
It is possible that one can be in the presence of God and be blind to it; but the fault is in the eyes of the person’s heart, and not in God. And that truly is hell.
Secondly, while we Orthodox firmly believe that God is judge, it is we ourselves that determine our eternal state of being by the life that we live now. We are either working toward our salvation with God through the grace of the Holy Spirit, or we are living for ourselves, looking out for number one, and relegating God to the backseat of our lives.

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Western Media Ignores Violent Attacks Directed at Orthodox Christians in Moldova by Supporters of U.S. Backed Regime

Eastern Orthodox Church
Orthodox Christian Glossary
The Difference Between Orthodox Spirituality and Other Traditions
The Three Powers of the Soul and Their Curative Exercises
Therapeutic Treatment of the Human Nous
Nous | Orthodoxwiki

The Church and the Pope: The Case for Orthodoxy
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (4 ed.)

Contrasts Between Roman Catholicism and Orthodoxy

Ransom theory of atonement | Wikipedia

Liturgy and Mysticism: The Experience of God in Eastern Orthodox Christianity

On the Eighth Day

Spirituality: The Meaning of Theosis As the Goal of Christian Life

The Healing Power of Asceticism

In The Footsteps of St. Paul

See
Traditional Christianity (Orthodoxy) in the West
Western Apostasy from Church Tradition

St. John Damascene

John of Damascus (ca. 676 - December 5, 749) | Wikipedia, OrthodoxWiki
An Exact Exposition of the Orthodox Faith (essential Orthodox reference!)
Orthodox.net, Internet Archive

Thus, on the one hand, the unity in nature exposes the polytheistic error of the Greeks; on the other hand, the doctrine of the Word and the Spirit demolishes the teaching of the Jews. At the same time, the good in both of these heresies remain: from the Jewish opinion the unity of nature; and from Hellenism the unique distinction according to persons.
— St. John Damascene, An Exact Exposition of the Orthodox Faith

Systematic theology | Wikipedia
Is Systematic Theology Helpful?

Theophylact of Ohrid

Blessed Theophylact of Ohrid (ca. 1050/60-1108) | Wikipedia, OrthodoxWiki

Blessed Theophylact
“...the novice should also read The Herald (essential Orthodox references!); that is, the explanation of the Gospel by Blessed Theophylact” — Ignatius (Brianchaninov) of Caucasus (1807-1867)

Nikolai Velimirović

Nicholas (Velimirović) of Žiča (January 5, 1880 - March 18, 1956) | Wikipedia, OrthodoxWiki, RationalWiki
Prologue from Ohrid | Wikipedia — Archive.org free download PDF

Lazarica Pressexpensive but essential Orthodox references!
The Homilies - audio samples: The Ascension of the Lord, Lazarus and the Rich Man, The Lord the Sower
The Prologue from Ohrid Vol. 1-4 translated by Mother Maria

The Prologue from Ochrid — different translation, IMO not as good as Mother Maria’s, New Edition

31 Homilies on the Book of the Prophet Isaiah
Previously Unknown Homily of St. Nikolai (Velimirović) Discovered in Serbian Monastery

Nicholai of Žiča on Socio–Political Topics

Sergey Khudiev

Sergey Khudiev | Orthodox Christianity
God and Man: Difficult Questions About Faith

Sergey Khudiev | Pravmir.com
On Atheistic Fanaticism
How Do We Know the Bible Is Telling the Truth?

Professor Alexei Osipov

Professor Alexei Osipov | Proavoslavie.ru
Our Spiritual State Determines Our Lives

Zachary Porcu

Journey to Reality: Sacramental Life in a Secular Age
Must read! Absolute best, clear, concise, comprehensive (C3) summary of Orthodoxy there is to date

ZacharyPorcu.com
Dr. Zachary Porcu | YouTube channel
History of Western Ideas: Overview | YouTube
The Rise and Fall of Christian Civilization | YouTube
Holy GroundAbout

Catechesis

Books
These Truths We Hold - Reprinted! | Monastery of St. Tikhon of Zadonsk
The Longer Catechism of the Eastern Orthodox Church: The Catechism of St. Philaret of Moscow
Catechism of the Orthodox Church
An Orthodox Catechism
A New-Style Catechism on the Eastern Orthodox Faith for Adults

Videos
Inquirer‘s class - Met. Jonah | YouTube
Part I, Part 2, Part III, Part IV, Part V, Part VI, Part VII, Part VII (cont.), Part VIII, Part VIII (cont.), Part IX, Part X, Part XI
Other videos for inquirers
Orthodox Christian Catechism by His Eminence Metropolitan Jonah
Orthodox Doctrine & Spirituality
The Russian Orthodox Church, The KGB & Cold War Secrets
Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14, Part 15, Part 16, Part 17
Talks With Catechumens
Orthodox Apologetics
Confession in the Orthodox Church
The Epistles of St. Paul
Orthodox Sacramental Theology
The Ladder of Divine Ascent
Contemplative Prayer
Do Not Resent, Do not react, Keep Inner Stillness
Marriage and Family Life
The Jesus Prayer
Master List Adult Education Classes — Met. Jonah Paffhausen | Saint Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church, Stafford VA YouTube Channel
Saint Demetrios of Thessaloniki-VA - Met. Jonah Paffhausen, Abbot

Websites
About - Orthodox Catechism Project — GOArch
Orthodox Catechism: Basic Teachings of the Orthodox Faith
An Online Orthodox Catechism
Catechism for the Orthodox Church
The Orthodox Faith - Orthodox Church in America
Orthodox Catechism - YouTube
The Ethos of Orthodox Catechesis: The Mind of the Orthodox Church | Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese
Fullness of the Faith Catechism Class – St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church
How to become an Orthodox Christian – Saints Peter & Paul Orthodox Christian Church
Orthodox Catechism - Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church of Rochester NY
What are we to do? | Saint George Greek Orthodox Cathedral
Catechesis Requirements at ASONA
Catechesis | Orthodoxy in China
— Orthodoxy arrived in China in 1685...

Infant Baptism

Infant baptism | Wikipedia
Infant baptism | OrthodoxWiki
]https://www.churchfathers.org/infant-baptism Infant Baptism] | Church Fathers
Is Infant Baptism Biblical? | St. John The Evangelist Orthodox Church
Is Infant Baptism Biblical? | Reformed-Orthodox Bridge
Infant Baptism: What the Church Believes | Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese
The Historical Case for Infant Baptism

Another Particular Baptist Wrinkle: The Early Church Baptized Infants But For The Wrong Reasons
Luther Contra The Anabaptists: The Ground Of Baptism Is The Divine Command And Promise
— ““Have now they become gods,” Luther challenged the Anabaptists, “that they can see in people’s hearts whether they believe or not?””
The same could be said about confession, especially abused by The Bruderhof

Infant Baptism in the History of the Church
— “Infant baptism was the universal practice of the church until after the Protestant Reformation. At the onset of the Reformation, none of the magisterial reformers abandoned the practice of infant baptism, but began to vigorously defend it...
Thus infant baptism was the universal practice of the Christian Church until some Reformation leaders began to question many of the standard practices of Christianity and the Christian life. These Radical Reformers (what scholars call the anabaptists) opposed padeo-baptism, and they advocated for the re-baptism (thus the name anabaptist, one who re-baptizes) of those who had been baptized before the Reformation. But the 16th century anabaptists can not be properly described as holding to credo-baptism [believers-only baptism] as I have defined it. These radical reformers made a very high hurdle to cross before baptism, not simply allowing those who made a credible profession of faith come to the font, but only allowing those who had proven themselves over a long period of time as committed Christian disciples. The radical reformation reserved baptism for the few, a subset of Christian believers.”

Sacramental Life

The Sacramental Life of the Orthodox Church
Understanding the Sacraments of the Orthodox Church
The Sacramental Life
The Sacraments

Nous

Nous | Orthodoxwiki
What is the Human Nous?
How “Nous” Became a Trojan Horse For Secularism, and Why it is So Difficult to Translate
— Robin Phillips corrects Orthodox erroneous teaching on nous and heart
Nous is not the heart and not interchangeable with it; nous is mind, intellect and is contained in the heart

Divine grace writes on the ‘tables of the heart’ the laws of the Spirit and the heavenly mysteries. For the heart directs all the organs of the body, and when grace gains possession of the heart, it rules over all the members [of the body] and the thoughts. For there, in the heart, the mind [nous] abides as well as all the thoughts of the soul and all its hopes. This is how grace penetrates throughout all parts of the body.
— St. Macarius the Great, Macarian Homilies 2 Cor 3

Ego

I Lost My Faith A fictional account

Our greatest challenge to overcoming Ego

Youth

Orthodox Youth & Young Adult Ministries (OYM)
OYM “Why” & Mission Statements
Orthodox Youth & Young Adult Ministries (OYM) | YouTube Channel
Orthodox Youth Directors in North America
Orthodox Youth Mission Team

Steven Christoforou

Steven Christoforou
Y2AM Finding God. Living Orthodoxy | YouTube
Bee the Bee Finding God in Everything, Everyday | Ancient Faith Ministries
Be the Bee video series with lesson plans | GOArch
Be the Bee | YouTube Channel
FOCUS North America
Effective Christian Ministry

Robin Amis

Robin Amis | Wikipedia
The Life of Henry ‘Robin’ Amis

Praxis Research Institute Praxis Investigations Into Christian Thought

A Different Christianity: Early Christian Esotericism and Modern Thought
Views From Mount Athos
Who Writes The Waves?: Poems

Robin Mark Phillips

Eastern Orthodoxy
How to Think Like a Christian During a Time of Secularism
Ordered Goodness and the Logos
Rediscovering the Goodness of Creation: A Manual for Recovering Gnostics

Fr. Stephen Muse

Fr. Stephen Muse | Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church
Fr. Stephen’s Muse Blog
Homily 02/25/24

Fr. Stephen Muse | Ancient Faith Ministries
Understanding Salvation in the Modern World

No Dead Man's Prayer | Touchstone
— Stephen Muse on the Suffering of Faith & the Paradox of Psalm 88

Author Page | Amazon
Being Bread
The Most Important Question
Raising Lazarus: Integral Healing in Orthodox Christianity
When Hearts Become Flame: An Eastern Orthodox Approach to the διά-Λογος of Pastoral Counseling

Vladimir Moss

Vladimir Moss Orthodox Christianity Author

Church As Spiritual Hospital

Your Faith is Making You Well: Psychotherapy in an Orthodox Christian Context
The Ethos of Orthodox Christian Healing — Fr. George Morelli
Healing Society: Understanding True Personhood — Fr. George Morelli
The Church as a Therapeutic Center: The Curing of the Soul
The Church As Spiritual Hospital According to Chrysostom
The Church is a Hospital — Healing Addictions: The Orthodox Method of Treatment | Ancient Faith Ministries
The Church as a Hospital

The Orthodox Church as a Spiritual Hospital — Constantine Zalalas (The Nous' Healing) | YouTube

Metropolitan Hierotheos Vlachos
The Church as a Therapeutic Center: The Illness of the Soul
The Church as a Therapeutic Center: Consequences of Man’s Fall
The Difference Between Orthodox Spirituality and Other Traditions

Divine Liturgy

The senses are the animal skin with which God covered humanity (Gen 3:21) after Adam & Eve turned away from Him (sinned, broke comm-union by doubting, losing faith in Him, believing the lie of satan that slandered God and called God a liar).
Healing of the senses through which the passions (sufferings) are inflamed and manifested, occur through the Divine Liturgy whereby the human senses are focused on the Living God, on the spiritual as primary over the material (physical) —

Sound — bells (and sematron), chant, scripture reading, homily
Sight — icons, vestments, interior temple architecture, flowers, bay leaves, palm fronds
Smell — incense
Touch — kissing icons, sign of the cross, prostrations, vestment, water, oil
Taste — eucharist, antidoron

Byzantine Chant

Ancient Faith Radio English

The Divine Liturgy in English | YouTube
Hymns of the Nativity of Christ | YouTube
O Give Thanks Unto the LordHoly Transfiguration Monastery| YouTube
Vigil of St. Anthony | YouTube

Maria ComanFacebook, YouTube

Spiritual Warfare

We Christians Are Not Of This World
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
— 1 John 2:15-17
If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. 
If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.
— John 15:18-19

The Emperor's Club Trailer 2002

The Emperor's Club Trailer 2002
— "Like young emperor's, they were born to power and privilege. ...But if they were to become the leaders of tomorrow, I would have to inspire them. ..."

The Emperor's Club | Wikipedia

The Palace Thief
The Palace Thief | Amazon

Surely Springboks No.8 Pierre Spies has no need to be this ripped | Photo
— Pierre Spies is physical icon (image) of Orthodox Christian unseen spiritual warfare; his ripped flesh is an icon of how strong the spiritual Christian soul can and should be.
His post on Instagram reads just like Orthodox Christian spiritual warfare —

Pierre Spies | Instagram
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Watch your thoughts, for they become your words. Watch your words, for they become your actions. Watch your actions, for they become your habits. Watch your habits, for they become your character. Watch your character, for it becomes your #DESTINY.

Orthodox Christianity vs. Modernity

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Vitruvian Man | Wikipedia

Christian Doctrine Matters!
Precursor of Modernity —
Roman Catholic apostasy from God-Man (Jesus Christ) to anthropocentric "man-god" (papal supremacy, later infallibility) of pagan antiquity (Babylon, Rome), leading to rebirth (Renaissance) of classic (Roman) culture replete with it's "man-god" emperor dressed in guise of vestments of the Church of Rome captivated by the anthropocentric “spirit” of pagan Rome, leading to "church" as city-state (eventually shrunk down to The Vatican), replete with armies, bank, art museum, and hoarding of countless riches, and to gradual, continual apostasy (falling away) to modernity today

SeeWestern Apostasy from Church Tradition

Vitruvian Man | Wikipedia

Man is the measure of all things
Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man and the Measure of All Things
Jesus Christ: the 'Vitruvian Man' on the Cross

Orthodoxy Modernity
Theocentric (God-centered) Anthropocentric (Man-centered)
Spiritual-Material — Theanthropos (God-man comm-union) Materialistic — Capitalist and Communist
Dispassionate (apatheia) for union with God Sensual (passionate) for pleasure in material abundance, wealth, power
Humble — repententance, confession Proud — self-esteem, self-justification
Unmercenary — serves neighbor (others) Mercenary — self-serving
Corporeal — Humanity as Body of Christ, Church as Family of Man Individualistic — provides Corporatism a mobile labor force, increases Consumerism
Theosis — comm-union with God, relation of Humanity (and all Creation through Humanity) to God Sin — separation from God, proliferation of fallen lack of comm-union with Divinity
God is source of everything Self-centered; selfish exploitation of Creation for self-fulfillment
Submission to will of God: “Glory to God for All Things”, “All things work together for good to them that love God” Rom 8:28. Self-willed, will to power
Paradise, Joy in God Utopia, enjoyment in material things, amusement, entertainment
Reliance on infallible Divinity Reliance on fallible human science and technology
Divine Attributes:
1) Omnibenevolent (all good)
2) Omnipotent (all powerful)
3) Omnipresent (all present) — Everywhere Present and Filling All Things
4) Omniscient (all knowing)
5) Holy, Oneness, interconnectivity of everything with God
Human Technological Usurption of Divine Attributes:
1) Proliferation of 'goods' for convenience and luxury — material (not spiritual) “good”
2) Technology, advanced weaponry (atomic bombs, nuclear warheads) — creative destruction
3) High speed transportation and communication — faster is “better”, more instantaneous, almost everywhere present, but still failing to hit the mark
4) High speed internet (proliferation of 'information') — pretentious, falling short of actual knowledge, much less Divine Wisdom
5) Internet of Things
Divinization by God Self-seeking to be god without God; usurpation of the Divine by man
Temple for worship of God Tower of Babel (industrial urbanization) striving to reach heaven (achieve Divinity) by self alone
Worship of the One, True, Living God Idolization of fallen, selfish humanity
Loves and serves God who is spirit and truth Loves and serves materialistic Mammon (lie of the Father of Lies)
Remembrance of God, Remembrance of Death God denying, Death defying
Resurrection Anti-aging, Transhumanism
Truth about God, Man and the World Living the Lie, Illusion-Delusion
Illumination, Vision of God who is Light, Life and Love Rationalistic Enlightment, spiritual blindness, temporal life of darkness
The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine.
— Isaiah 9:2 (Prophetic Revelation of the Messiah promised by Yahweh to the Children of Israel)