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New Unit published 4th November
The Discovering Orthodoxy online catechesis has just published a fifth unit in the Beginning with Prayer series considering the practice of unceasing prayer.
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In this introductory unit Father Peter Farrington describes the structure of the course material, and H.E. Metropolitan Seraphim speaks about the value of catechesis, or spiritual instruction.
A short essay considers some of the thoughts of St Cyril of Jerusalem in regard to catechesis, while a brief Bible Study invites students to consider the necessary aspect of study as part of the Orthodox Christian life.
What is Faith?
In this unit Father Peter Farrington invites us to consider the nature of Christian Faith. It is often parodied as belief without reason or a naive trust in myths and legends. On the contrary the Christian faith is something reasonable, grounded in experience and evidence.
Is it necessary to have faith to be able to benefit from an Orthodox catechesis? Father Peter describes the different varieties and degrees of faith, and finds the beginning of faith in the desire to know God.
Evidence for God
In this unit Father Peter Farrington considers whether science requires an atheistic point of view, or whether it is possible and reasonable to engage in scientific studies while also believing that there is an intelligent and purposeful creator.
The unit also considers the variety of scientific evidence which allows scientists to consider that the existence of God makes most sense.
Beginning with .. Church History
In this unit H.E. Metropolitan Seraphim of the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate will be introducing the study of Church History as a necessary aspect of our catechesis.
It is we look back to the life of the Church that we learn how to live in the present and with hope for the future.
About the London School of Orthodox Christian Studies
The London School of Orthodox Christian Studies has been established to provide high quality distance-learning programmes to support the theological education of students in London, the United Kingdom and around the world.
The London School of Orthodox Christian Studies is rooted in the Orthodox tradition of the Oriental Orthodox communion, and the activities of the LSOCS will include the participation of members of these other Churches.
The courses presented by the LSOCS are intended to be of interest to members of all of the Oriental Orthodox Churches and will draw on a wide variety of texts and materials from the different traditions. The Discovering Orthodox online catechesis will be drawing on an increasing and wide-ranging body of contributors, and as materials are published this page will be updated and extended to provide details of all of our contributing partners.
Contributors to the Discovering Orthodox online catechesis
Father Peter Farrington
Director of Studies
Father Peter studied at Moorlands Bible College for three years in preparation for ministry in the Evangelical movement, gaining the Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Mission Studies.
Father Peter Farrington, is a priest of the British Orthodox diocese of the Coptic Orthodox Pariarchate. He has a great interest in the study of the Oriental Orthodox tradition, and in communicating that tradition to others. He has written on Christology and recently published a volume of essays as Orthodox Christology. He is also the Secretary of the Council of Oriental Orthodox Churches in the UK and Ireland, the Co-Secretary of the Catholic-Oriental Orthodox Regional Forum, and the Anglican-Oriental Orthodox Regional Forum.
H.E Metropolitan Seraphim
Metropolitan of the British Orthodox Church within the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate
Metropolitan Seraphim is a Vice-President of the Council of Oriental Orthodox Churches in the UK, and serves on the councils of many other organisations.
He has published a significant corpus of writings including Britain & the Early Church, Towards a Common Christology, and Scripture and Tradition. He is often invited to speak at major conferences and has provided the keynote address at the inter-Orthodox conference on Christology at Sigtuna, Sweden, and at the Conference of the Fellowship of St Alban and St Sergius.