Do most Americans even know the Orthodox Church exists?
Posted 20 September 2012 - 03:23 AM
Posted 20 September 2012 - 09:05 AM
Posted 20 September 2012 - 02:13 PM
With the downfall of communism in Russia, I believe that even the most ignorant or secluded American does indeed now know about the existence of an Orthodox church.
Posted 20 September 2012 - 04:00 PM
Even after explaining it, half of those people think I'm now Roman Catholic (my in-laws asked why I wanted to submit myself to a Pope).
Posted 20 September 2012 - 07:32 PM
In Christian college as an undergraduate I took a church history class from a Baptist professor. He spoke very admiringly of the Orthodox. I'm just perplexed he could remain a Baptist after reading the Church fathers...
Posted 20 September 2012 - 07:52 PM
Certainly most Americans are aware of the Orthodox Church. They just consider it to be another denomination among many.
gee padre, i dunno, i mean when you tell them about orthodox, they probably will think Jews with the big beards and all, i think people in canada might actually know that this Church exists, as since there is a large minoirty of ukrainians, in the central province who are Orthodox
Posted 21 September 2012 - 08:42 AM
Posted 22 September 2012 - 02:39 AM
Posted 22 September 2012 - 01:22 PM
When I tell people I am an Orthodox Christian they will look puzzled until I tell them it's the Church of Greece and Russia and then some of them will have an idea what I"m talking about. Once a well-known pastor with a national apologetics ministry asked me if we believed in the Trinity.
Yes, I do think it is necessary to qualify with 'Greek' or 'Russian'...with these descriptions, I have found that everybody has an idea about its existence; that is different from them knowing anything about it...
Not that most Americans these days know much about any Christian faith tradition or denominations anyway! I have had to 'enlighten' friends who are Roman Catholic on their OWN beliefs! I have also had to do that with cradle Orthodox too! :-)
Posted 23 September 2012 - 02:27 PM
Posted 23 September 2012 - 07:40 PM
If I may extend the thread to England. When I became Orthodox, my niece (high school and college education, including religious education) asked, 'is it Christian?' At my university, someone asked me my religion, and I replied, 'Orthodox'. 'You're a jew?, she asked.
If you were to have said 'Russian Orthodox' instead of just 'Orthodox' would they have known that it is Christian?
Posted 23 September 2012 - 09:14 PM
Not to speak for Andreas, but from my experience yes, most people in the U.K. sadly associate the word Orthodox with Judaism, and would not know what was meant by Orthodox Christian, yet should one say Greek Orthodox or Russian Orthodox then people normally know what one means, although they would then most likely think "oh he/she is part Greek/Russian".
Posted 24 September 2012 - 05:30 AM
How about Eastern Orthodox?
Thats what I usually say... I'm in the Southern US (Deeeeep South..lol) and unless I say "You know..the Church that's in Greece and Russia", they look very puzzled. Then if I explain it, they usually say something like, "Oh, so you're like a Catholic then?" LOL They usually merely see it as a type of RCism, or the RC Church without a Pope. I always make sure to explain the dogmatic differences when I can.
Posted 24 September 2012 - 04:49 PM
Posted 24 September 2012 - 10:49 PM
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