Welcome to the Orthodox Church its history, theology, worship, spirituality, and daily life This friendly guide provides a comprehensive introduction to Orthodoxy, but with a twist listeners learn by making a series of visits to a fictitious church, and get to know the faith as new Christians did for most of history, by immersion Mathews Green provides commentary and explanations on everything from how to venerate an icon, the Orthodox understanding of the atonement, to the Lenten significance of tofu It s the perfect book for inquirers and newcomers, but even listeners who have been Orthodox all their lives say they learned things they never knew before Enjoyable, easy to listen to and leavened with humor, Welcome to the Orthodox Church is a gracious guide to the ancient faith of the Christian East


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  1. Laymin Laymin says:

    This is a most readable and informative offering It gives as very real and engaging description of Orthodox theology and praxis, at an accessible level The fact that the author is, along with her husband who is now an Orthodox priest, a convert from the Episcopal church makes it believable for those such as myself who would accept the lable of Essentially evangelical Anglican.She does seek to engage with issues of difference, and is tolerant of differing takes on important areas of difference, even though she accepts the Orthodox take For example on the Perpetual Virginity of Mary she acknowledges that Scripture can be read both ways esp the reference to brothers and sisters where there are catholic and reformed websites which declare their opponents to be liars The obvious conclusion to that view which I follow is that it is a matter of personal conscience And as such it has to be an error to treat it as dogma Roman Catholicism or Holy Tradition Orthodoxy , which we must believe A second area was in her exploration of the dynamic of what was happening at the cross To describe it as a victory is an unassailable position But to deny that there was penal substitution as well seems absurd, especially as she quotes Romans 4 v 25 which is a clear pointer to that dynamic There was a lot going on at Calvary, including victory, substitution and the bearing of the effect of our own sins Bishop J Wand s 1963 book The atonement is clear in setting out the many facets John Stott s The Cross of Christ is a masterpiece.It was also interesting to note what I had sensed from watching a video of Kallistos Ware The fact that there are no ordained women ministers is history which no one questions The theological considerations of the nature of ordained ministry and the relationship between male and female have simply not been aired Orthodoxy ought to seriously engage with the issue for its own sake Recognising that the theological position might or might not take them in a new direction.So very worth reading, wherever your own walk with Christ has been, or is taking you engage with what is said, and know why you feel as you do about it.


  2. James Beattie James Beattie says:

    A wonderful book I m a Methodist who leans a considerable way towards Orthodoxy In terms of certain doctrines at least This book gives clear explanations of the elements of Orthodox worship that on first sight give cradle Protestant s like me cause to either raise their eyebrows, or run screaming to the writings of John Wesley Luther Calvin delete as appropriate It seems that when we take the time to try and understand what is alien to us, we are no longer frightened by it who d have thought it I have found this book immensely helpful in this regard I m not saying that it has made me ready to become a catechumin, but it has allowed me to at least not rule out the possibility.


  3. Rebecca Well Rebecca Well says:

    I m sure it s great But the lady s voice with this is so calming I fall asleep everytime She s very calming, relaxing.


  4. Kindle Customer Kindle Customer says:

    Living in eastern Europe I was interested in learning about and perhaps joining the Orthodox church Frederica has answered my questions and explained what it means to be a member of the church, how it differs from my own Anglican church and the various rituals and services in Orthodoxy.


  5. thesummitvanuatu.co.uk Customer thesummitvanuatu.co.uk Customer says:

    Very good and helpful Great understanding passed on in a great an easy way


  6. Dr. E. Jenkins Dr. E. Jenkins says:

    A great introduction to the Orthodox way of doing things Through a very clear explanation the writer steps you into a fictitious Orthodox Church She explains everything that goes on in an Orthodox Church A very different story to other introductions of the church A very good read.


  7. Love-to-read Love-to-read says:

    An excellent explanation, not only for people new to the faith, but also those who have been Orthodox for a long time.


  8. Bruce Moir Bruce Moir says:

    good overview


  9. BW BW says:

    I don t say this very often, but this is probably one of the most well written books I have come across lately Mathewes Green knows how to inform without being overly pedantic, boring, or losing depth The occasional bit of humor is also entertaining without losing overall seriousness despite how corny her jokes may be I thought most of them were pretty funny She addresses some important concepts from the Orthodox perspective, as well as the theological differences and positions East vs West, baptism, Sunday worship, cultural aspects, etc I definitely feel comfortable visiting the local Orthodox Church now after reading this book


  10. Slyphnoyde Slyphnoyde says:

    An overall good introduction to Eastern Orthodox Christianity On the whole, recommended The style is serious and at the same time easy to read, with light touches here and there The author has presented the material in the context of a visit to an imaginary Orthodox parish, using descriptions of the building, clergy, and services as take off points for discussions of main Orthodox beliefs and practices This reviewer would make only minor points for not giving it five stars There are a few errors in citations of Bible verses wrong verse number, for instance , and some very conservative, traditional Orthodox Christians would object to using the title Saint for various individuals in the Catholic West after the separation from the East Nevertheless, the book can be recommended as a general introduction to eastern Christianity.


  11. Todd Dexter Todd Dexter says:

    I am not Greek Orthodox Frederica is a wonderful and clear writer and she tackles several theological concepts that really helps clarify the GO stance on some key doctrines She really helped me to understand Greek Orthodoxy as much as one can I suppose without actually becoming one I would recommend this book for someone who would like to form an informed opinion on who they are and what they believe.


  12. elviswoman elviswoman says:

    This book is a very good starting point for an inquirer It dispels and debunks a lot of the common misunderstandings that people of other Christian denominations may have encountered when looking at the Orthodox faith from the outside It is a very gentle and non threateningpositive work, easy to read and understand Reading this after attending Divine Liturgy over the years has given me a recognition, richness and understanding of the experience that I did not have previously Highly recommend to non orthodox friends, family, or people who are just curiousor even to those Orthodox who have never received education about the traditions of the church Wonderfully done.