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ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY AN

ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY AN INTRODUCTION (Part 2 Continued from Feb 2014) Doctrinally, theologically, and liturgically, Orthodoxy is united. While the various national churches have characteristic musical traditions, and praxis may vary in minor ways among jurisdictions, there are no doctrinal and no meaningful liturgical differences whatever among them. As an Orthodox Christian, I can attend and understand the services, and receive the sacraments, and trust the fidelity of the Teaching professed at any canonical Orthodox church in the world. Orthodoxy is characterized particularly by its experience of suffering. As early as the fourth century, St. Gregory Nazianzen spoke of “suffering Orthodoxy.” Consider the Roman persecutions, and then the horrors inflicted on North Africa and the Middle East (Christian lands from the fourth century to the seventh) at the spread of Mohammedanism by the sword; consider the horrors and persecution of the Greeks and Slavs at the hands of the Ottomans, and the massacre at Smyrna; the horrors of Russia in the centuries of the Tatar yoke, and then the vicious suppression of the Church by the Nazis and their allies in the Balkans, and the oppression and gulags of Russia and Eastern Europe under Communism. More Orthodox have been martyred than any other Christian group, and this history of oppression and grief has done much to keep pure the Orthodox understanding of the truth of the human condition. And as many western Christian churches fall increasingly under the narcotic influence of the mind of this aberrant and reprobate time, one senses them diverging ever further from the ancient and Orthodox understanding of the faith. It is important, I think, to say a word about what Orthodoxy is not. It is not Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, a philosophy, a code of rules, or Eastern mysticism—though any of these may share something with her. Most important for us, I believe, is the Orthodox Church’s firm understanding that she is a hospital: in the words of Fr. David Moser: … what is [Orthodoxy]? First, Orthodoxy is a course of therapy or treatment for our spiritual illness. We are all infected with the disease of sin, which results in death (that is, alienation from God); and God, in His infinite mercy and love, has given us a treatment for that illness. He gives us the medicine of His grace, which counteracts the corruption of sin. He then also gives us a course of rehabilitation, by which we overcome the effects of sin in us … and which restores us to communion with God. Thus we have the rhythm of our spiritual life: the feasts and fasts, the services of the Church, the prayer rules, the daily remembrances of God’s mercy and provision for us. The more fully we participate in this “course of treatment,” the more frequently we avail ourselves of the medicine of grace in the sacraments, the more effective it is for our cure. “Devotion to the truth is the hallmark of morality; there is no greater, nobler, more heroic form of devotion than the act of a man who assumes the responsibility of thinking.” ― Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged Article respectfully submitted by N. M. NEXT MONTH: THE CHURCH AS HOSPITAL http://orthodoxedenton.org/ (252) 482-2006

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