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What was the significance of Pope John Paul II's visit to Greece, the first such papal visit in 1,291 years? Why are people so fascinated in learning about the Orthodox Church, the world's second largest Christian community?

Explore the fascinating history, theology, and practices that 250 million Orthodox Christians claim as their own, and discover the differences and similarities between Orthodoxy and Catholicism with this incredible series.

The Orthodox Church is the second largest Christian community in the world after the Roman Catholic Church. In this exceptionally well-taught audio course, you will explore the rich history, theology, liturgy, and traditions of Orthodoxy. You will have many "aha" moments as you recognize the differences and similarities between Catholicism and the Eastern Christianity. This series covers the entire odyssey of an ancient church and its faith into the present day. Whether your interests lie in history, theology, ecumenism, or esthetics, you will find this course clear, enjoyable, and hugely interesting.

©2008 Now You Know Media Inc. (P)2008 Now You Know Media Inc.

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Excellent!

If I've heard a better lecture series I can't remember when. the lecturer is erudite, eloquent, and thoroughly invested in the subject matter.

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Orthodox Christian Convert

What did you love best about The Orthodox Christian Church: History, Beliefs, and Practices?

After converting to Orthodox Christian and being baptized as such, I never understood the faith and practices. After listening to this wonderful book, it has explained why and how we practice our belief. It's not always about reading the bible and believing, it's about knowing why and how to worship, how to pray, and feeling it mind, body and soul.
I would just like to thank the author of this book for giving me more insight to the religion I want to practice, more than our priest or congregation.
Definitely going to recommend this to newcomers.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

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A Skilled Lecture-style Series

If you could sum up The Orthodox Christian Church: History, Beliefs, and Practices in three words, what would they be?

Profound, Informative, Well-organized.

What did you like best about this story?

It wasn't a story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It's pointedly constructed of short-but-dense numbered sections, and I wanted to sit and contemplate each one afterwards. Wouldn't want to rush this experience.

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The topical arrangement works beautifully and the lecture-style narration is tightly scripted and never falters.
I will definitely be listening a second time through.

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Good Summary

Very concise summary and history of the Orthodox Church. I highly recommend it. Prof. Peter Bouteneff does a very good job of pulling a lot of information together and explaining it in a small amount of time. I learned a lot from this course.

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Excellent for already Orthodox

Wonderful refresher course and it also taught me more than I was able to understand years ago

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Not a bad introduction to Orthodoxy.

Not a bad introduction to Orthodoxy.A bit like a long lecture at times but never uninteresting.

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Thorough overview, even-handed and yet faithful.

Thorough overview, even-handed and yet faithful. The book is well organized, so if some sections are not as interesting, it is easy to skip around and find the information you need .

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Nice overview

Nice concise overview of the Orthodox church and its central teachings. Well presented. A very well ordered discussion with good jump off points and references

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A little biased, in a great way

In a world in which everyone seems to feel that the proper treatment of any serious subject must be even-handed, ambivalent and noncommittal, it was a delight to learn orthodox church history, practice and theology from someone who unapologetically embraces it.

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Don't Trust This Man

This man is a professor at an Orthodox seminary and ought not be. Obviously he holds many secular views regarding gender, evolutionary theory, scientism, etc. It's a shame but he's emblematic of the troubles we in the west have in most of our institutions of "higher" education. Namely, they're reverse insane asylums. There to make the sane insane. Granted, this is very low grade and subtle relative to what's coming from our secular colleges but it's there none-the-less.
Fortunately we've many great Orthodox theologians to choose from so do yourself a favor and choose another. Fr Peter Heers would be a much steadier choice as would Fr. Josiah Trenham just to name a couple easy to digest choices.
Be careful what you let into your life and remain cognizant of the many pitfalls... God Bless.