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With Professor Osipov on Eastern Orthodox christianity

Filed under: Uncategorized — Vitali at 7:12 am on Sunday, April 20, 2008

After some deliberation on what to do next on this blog, I’ve decided to make a series of posts on Eastern Orthodox christianity. I have recently had several conversations with my mom (who is orthodox) about the differences between Protestants and Orthodox religions. While I was able to convince her that Protestants are also christians, trying to make my point made me want to learn more about Eastern Orthodoxy.¬†

The way I will approach this is by assessing a series of lectures by Dr. Osipov, a professor at Moscow Eastern Orthodox seminary. The lectures can be freely downloaded from here, but I doubt it will be useful for most of my readers as they are all in Russian.

So, who is Prof. Osipov? I don’t think you have ever heard of him or ever will. He hasn’t written any famous books or commentaries, his lectures are not likely to ever be translated into English. Yet, after listening to some of them I must say this man is a great communicator and is able to authentically¬†represent¬†the Eastern Orthodoxy.

How can this be useful to anybody else? Well, Russian christian thought has basically been developing quite independently from Western christianity and thus allows us to look at familiar things from a slightly different and (as I have often observed) very helpful angle. Yes, in what Osipov says, there are many things that Protestants will disagree with. Yet this man deserves to be heard and we will do well by listening to the issues he raises, even when we disagree with them. So tune in, the first installment is coming soon!



Comment by Edward

April 20, 2008 @ 8:06 am

Hey Vitali.

Is he the same guy as the one who wrote the article below?

It seems that he doesn’t seem to understand Protestantism very well. And he is definitely the first person I have heard to call Francis of Assisi a mad man.



Comment by Vitali

April 20, 2008 @ 8:36 am

Yes, that’s him. Here is quite an animated speaker. And yes, he doesn’t understand Protestants very well. But I must say that his understanding of Protestants is better than our understanding of Eastern Orthodoxy. And his understanding of his own Orthodoxy is as good as it gets.

When I first heard him speak, I was quick to discard him as a nut, but the more I listen the more I see that he does make sense. He has a few quirks here and there, and I think I will just pass those over.

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