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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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Introduction
 
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.  

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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.  

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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. 

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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.

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Introduction

These introductory modules help us to examine some of the basic aspects of the Orthodox Christian Faith.

Introducing Discovering Orthodoxy - Register/Login to view Unit

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? - Register/Login to view Unit

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 - Register/Login to view Unit

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.

Evidence for Jesus? - Register/Login to view Unit

In this unit Father Peter Farrington considers the evidence from within the Scriptures, from the writings of early Christian authors, and from other non-Christian sources which points to the existence of Jesus Christ as a unique figure rooted in history.

Church History

Units on Church History are published in this section

Beginning with ... Church History - Register/Login to view Unit

In this unit H.E. Metropolitan Seraphim of the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate introduces the study of Church History as a necessary aspect of our catechesis.

It is as we look back to the life of the Church that we learn how to live in the present and with hope for the future.

Spirituality

Units on Spirituality are published in this section

Beginning with Prayer - Register/Login to view Unit

In this unit Father Peter Farrington considers the differences between the texts of our prayers, and actually doing prayer and becoming prayers ourselves. The Fathers of the Church give us some instruction on having an aim for our spirituality.

Beginning with Prayer 2 - Register/Login to view Unit

In this unit Father Peter Farrington considers the differences between the texts of our prayers, and actually doing prayer and becoming prayers ourselves. The Fathers of the Church give us some instruction on having an aim for our spirituality.

Myths about Liturgical Worship - Register/Login to view Unit

In this unit of the Discovering Orthodoxy online catechesis, Father Peter Farrington discusses four of the myths, of false opinions, which are often heard in relation to liturgical worship.

Beginning with Prayer 3 - Register/Login to view Unit

In this unit of the Discovering Orthodoxy catechesis, Father Peter Farrington begins to consider the place of the Lord's Prayer in our life of prayer.

Beginning with Prayer 4 - Register/Login to view Unit

In this unit of the Discovering Orthodoxy catechesis, Father Peter Farrington continues to consider the the Lord's Prayer in accordance with the teachings of the Fathers.

Beginning with Prayer 5 - Register/Login to view Unit

In this unit of the Discovering Orthodoxy online catechesis, Father Peter Farrington considers how we may be motivated to pray without ceasing. The audio lecture looks at various passages from the New Testament as the basis for unceasing prayer.

The Bible

Units on the Bible are being published in this section

Are the Gospels reliable? - Register/Login to view Unit

In this unit Father Peter Farrington considers whether the Gospels can be considered as reliable witnesses to the life of Christ, and therefore a solid basis for considering the Christian Faith. He draws on historic documents and modern research to show that the Gospels can be trusted.

Doctrine

Units on Orthodox Doctrine are being published in this section

Comparative Studies

Units describing the differences between Orthodoxy and other religious and philosophical views.

Orthodoxy and Protestantism 1 - Register/Login to view Unit

There are those who consider that Protestantism is simply a less complete form of Orthodoxy, while others take the view that Protestantism as a system of doctrine and spiritual practice is certainly not Orthodox, and can even be considered as not being properly Christian. Who is correct? In this introduction to a comparative study of Orthodoxy and Protestantism, Father Peter Farrington draws on his experience as a convert from Protestant Evaneglicalism.