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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.
Council of Reference
The London School of Orthodox Christian Studies Council of Reference is an important part of how LSOCS is developing. The Council is not responsible for the LSOCS, but is in a relationship of trusted friend with the School. By receiving regular infomation about the activities and plans of the School, the Council of Reference is able to provide sound advice and ensure that the development of the School achieves the best possible outcomes.
Members of the Council of Reference
His Eminence Metropolitan Seraphim
British Orthodox Church within the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate
His Grace Bishop Vahan Hovhanessian
Primate of the Armenian Orthodox Church in the UK
H. G. Dr. Mathews Mar Thimothios Metropolitan
Malankara Orthodox Metropolitan of the Diocese of UK-Europe-Africa