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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.

Access to this unit requires free registration on the Discovering Orthodoxy course. Just follow the Registration link at the top of the page. Student registration allows us to provide greater support to the global community of students.

Course Catalogue

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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Orthodox Catechesis - Discovering Orthodoxy

St SeverusThe London School of Orthodox Christian Studies is launching the first units of a FREE Orthodox Catechesis course on the 1st January, 2013. This course is designed for anyone who wants to learn about the Orthodox Faith for the first time, or who wants to understand their own Orthodox Faith more completely. It is being created as a pan-Oriental Orthodox course and will provide a suitable introduction to the Orthodoxy of the Oriental Orthodox communion of Armenian, Coptic, Ethiopian, Eritrean, Indian, Syriac and British Orthodox Christians.

Contributors to the course will include bishops, priests, theologians, academics and qualified deacons and laity from a wide range of Orthodox communities and congregations. Each unit will consist of approximately one hour of reading materials, with audio and video content, together with suggestions for further study. This list provides an overview of many of the topics which will be covered during the course.

This is a FREE course and we invite you to register for it now so that you can take up your studies on the 1st January. The course can be followed at your own pace, and is designed to fit into a busy lifestyle. The full catalogue of materials will be divided into small sections which can be studied and completed as you choose.

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Proposed Topics

  1. The Revelation of God
  2. Orthodox Tradition
  3. The Scriptures
  4. What is Faith
  5. What is the Faith of the Church

The Creed

  1. I believe in God .. the Father Almighty ..
  2. And in One Lord Jesus Christ ..
  3. Who for us men .. came down from heaven ..
  4. Was crucified under Pontius Pilate ..
  5. The third day he rose again ..
  6. He shall come again in glory ..
  7. And in the Holy Spirit ..
  8. In One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church ..
  9. I confess one baptism ..
  10. I look for the resurrection of the dead..

The Sacraments

  1. The Life of Grace
  2. Baptism
  3. Chrismation
  4. Eucharist
  5. Confession
  6. Ordination
  7. Marriage

The Liturgy

  1. The Meaning of the Liturgy
  2. The Origin of the Liturgy
  3. The Seasons of the Liturgical year
  4. The Fulfilment of Orthodox Liturgy

The Church

  1. The Church as the Body of Christ
  2. The Church as the Bride of Christ
  3. The Church as the Temple of the Lord
  4. Order in the Church
  5. Participation in the Church
  6. The Church and the churches
  7. Authority in the Church

Orthodox Spiritual Life

  1. The aim of the Orthodox Life
  2. The practice of Prayer
  3. The practice of Fasting
  4. Participation in the sacraments
  5. Learning obedience
  6. Holiness of heart and mind