Thursday, January 1, 2009

Orthodoxy & Heterodoxy: What are the differences between Orthodox Christianity and other religious traditions?

I've now concluded all the editing for a 7-part lecture series on the differences between Orthodoxy and other religious traditions, entitled Orthodoxy & Heterodoxy. Besides copious notes, I've been producing audio recordings of each part. Here's the final rundown:

  • Nov. 9 - Heterodoxy & Heresy (series introduction)
  • Nov. 16 - Roman Catholicism
  • Nov. 23 - Churches of the Classical Reformation (Lutherans, Calvinists, Reformed, Zwinglians, Anglicans, Episcopalians, Methodists, Wesleyans)
  • Nov. 30 - Churches of the Radical Reformation (Anabaptists, Baptists, Brethren, Amish, Mennonites, Restorationists, Adventists)
  • Dec. 7 - Modern Revivalism (Pentecostalism, Charismatics, Evangelicalism)
  • Dec. 14 - Non-Christian Religions (Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Shinto, Sikhism, Wicca, Neo-paganism, Zoroastrianism, Modern Gnosticism, Animism)
  • Dec. 21 - Non-Mainstream Christians (Swedenborgians, Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, Unitarian Universalists, Christadelphians, Christian Science, Unification Church ("Moonies"); also includes series conclusions)

Update as of October 2009: This series is being updated and re-recorded for broadcast via Ancient Faith Radio. Watch for it there, starting October 4th!



Josephus Flavius said...

What a depressing set of talks.

Fr. Andrew said...

Always nice to hear from fans! :)

ezekiel said...

This is a fairly shallow comment, because I haven't looked at all the material yet, but why the preference for the term "classical Reformation" rather than the more common "magisterial"?

Fr. Andrew said...


I'm aware of the more traditional term, but I chose to go with one I felt was more descriptive to a non-academic audience. These talks were designed for as a parish educational series.

bokhard85 said...

There seems to be some feedback in the first episode throughout your talk. It is a static heard fairly consistently. I'm wondering if you hear that on your side or if it is something to do with my computer. Thanks.

Fr. Andrew said...

There's not any feedback (there was no speaker being used, just a mic for recording), but there is a bit of "static"—really simply the (not adjustable) gain effectively being too high.

The problem is that my recording equipment is pretty simple—just a handheld digital voice recorder with a computer mic plugged into it.

After hearing that problem the first time, I moved the mic farther and farther away from me to try to deal with it a bit.

Barbara Martin said...

I came via The Daily Weaving and found in this post something I had been inquiring to God about. Some of the information you have provided on the different religions is a perfect stepping stone for me. I'm a writer working on a novel where angels, the faith of God and the divine play a large part.

Bill M said...

Coming from an Anabaptist background (Mennonite U.S.) I listened to the lecture that covered that period of history. I appreciate that you discussed both the good and the bad with fairness. You hit hard on matters of disagreement, but without resorting to mis-characterization or propaganda. (I recall reading a "church history encyclopedia" article about the radical reformation where the ONLY group discussed was the misguided bunch who took over Munster in Germany.)

Anyway, thanks for your contribution here. It must represent a significant amount of work!

desertseeker said...

Fr. Andrew, I have to say a huge thank you for putting this together. Having grown up in Protestantism, I have finally come to question its true foundations, and what the history of the church really is. I have been an Orthodox inquirer for four months now, attending services every week. It has not been easy because my family has been so resistant. But Orthodoxy is holding up to every argument I can throw at it. I've been gaining knowledge bit by bit about sola scriptura and sola fide and other such Protestant ideas. Your presentations here crystallize it all for me. Thank you so much! God bless you and your ministry!

Fr. Andrew said...

Update as of October 2009: This series is being updated and re-recorded for broadcast via Ancient Faith Radio. Watch for it there, starting October 4th!

John said...

Abouna, I am quite impressed with the subject matter (and the delivery). As a convert, it was good to hear the first lecture.

Thank you, and I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.

Tom Jagels said...

Father bless,

A Jewish contact of mine had these comments to offer on the section on Judaism. I was wondering if I might be able to please get a response from you.

"To be quite frank, I think it ignorant. For one thing it implies that the temple was important to Abraham - I'll let that speak for itself - and for another it directly claims that the line of priests has ended, which is quite simply something that one who is unaware of any details in Judaism could make. It also ignores that our laws are the same - and that is the real foundation of the entire foundation in practice thing and that, as an added bonus, all our non-temple rituals are carried on and that we do stuff to mourn that we cannot perform the rituals for the temple at the current time."

Asking your blessing,

Fr. Andrew said...


I can certainly understand that reaction. Of course modern Jews see their faith as directly the same as that of Abraham and Moses, but even an atheist should be able to acknowledge that there was a transformation that occurred with the end of the sacrificial cult that had been there since Abraham.

Anyway, thanks for your comment. I intend to use part of it in the revised version of the lecture that I'm about to deliver this weekend.