Anyuta... I found this website ......

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Anyuta... I found this website ......
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Sat, 03-29-2003 - 7:59pm
listing Protestant Denominations and it says Orthodox Christians, Orthodox Church in America - what exactly is your affiliation, straight Russian Orthodox? And do you (your church) consider yourself Protestant?

http://www.tier.net/~scclibrary/noscript/denom.htm

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Sun, 03-30-2003 - 7:31am
not Anyuta, but from a Greek Orthodox POV, rather than regarding themselves as Protestant, they regard Protestants as affiliated with them! ;) Greek Orthodox regard Orthodoxy as the original church (with some justification), so all the others are the split-offs! As far as theology goes, I think Protestants in many ways were really returning to Orthodox views, so these two groups have much more in common with each other than either do with Catholicism.

That said, some of the Greek Ortho relatives had never heard of Protestants! They accepted me as a daughter in laws "even if she's Catholic". When I said was an Anglican they said they'd never heard of it, then I discovered they'd never heard of Protestants or Luther either! (It's a small village on the coast, but I didn't realize it was that small! The same evening I got in trouble for being a woman having a coffee in the public square - not the done thing! So it's a conservative place...) ;)

Elizabby

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Sun, 03-30-2003 - 11:09am
Anyone else find it really interesting to see the Amish have a website?

After reading through it a bit, I understand, but I certainly did a double-take!

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Mon, 03-31-2003 - 5:42am
good heavenes no!

no, we are not protestant, at least not by any definition I've ever heard of. unless one defines "protestant" as "not Roman Catholic", I guess.

Orthodoxy is a single faith, but not a single administrative organization, particularly in america, where things got really confusing because of the way Orthodox people came here. Unlike in other countries, particularly the traditionally Orhtodox ones, here in the US we have multiple jurisdicitons, some tied to the countries of origin, some tied to other countries, and one "domestic".. that last one is the OCA (Orthodox Chruch of America) wich is the decendant of the first Orthodox mission in the America--which came via Alaska, from Russia.

I personally attend an OCA chruch now, but since my roots are Russian, I could say I was "Russian Orthodox". there is NO theological difference between the Orthodox chruches (although there are some chruches who call themselves Orthodox but are not part of world Orthodoxy... it get's complicated). There are some differences in some traditions (small t) and customs--ethnic elements.

In the US, most Orthodox chruches have ties to some ethnicity, and to make that fact clear to potential parishoners, the chruch may be labeled a "Russian Orhtodox" or "Greek Orthodox" or whatever... regardless of actual jurisdiction. however, for example, the Antiochan Orthodox Archdiose (yes, THAT Antioch) have a great many purely English Language parishes, consisting of primarily converts, or people many generations removed form any ethnic "mother country".

bottom line is, with few exceptions, Orhtodox chruches are theologically one Chruch, but jurisdictionally separate. the differences are purely administrative and cultural, although there may be some difference in emphasis. and since Orthodoxy existed long before the reformation, they are most certainly NOT protestant.

come to think of it, though, I have seen some protestant denominations use the term "Orthodox" to describe their version of their denominaiton--to show that they are "old fashioned"... I've seen "orthodox presbyterian" for example... these are NOT Orthodox in the sence of belonging to THE Orthodox Chruch. they are presbyterians. Confusing, I know! and then there are the Oriental Orthodox...like teecee... who are not the same, but very, very close (they are non chalcedonians.. split off WAAAAY long ago, but are more similar than different). we are not "in communion" but really there differences are imperceptable.

hopet hat helped, or at least didn't confuse you further. :-)

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Wed, 04-02-2003 - 4:14pm
My goodness, numbering us Orthodox among the Protestants makes me suspect that entire link. Anyone who read any of links they posted would have figured that out.

I've been called a lot of things, but never Protestant!

- Mimi

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Thu, 04-03-2003 - 6:46am
Lutheran Lurker married to a Greek Orthodox man. I think what you just wrote sums up my pov best. The difference between Lutherans and Catholics is pretty apparent, but after marrying my husband (growing up in mainly Lutheran Minnesota I wasn't even aware of Orthodoxy until I met my husband) I can't believe how similar Orthodoxy is to Lutheran. Martin Luther himself said that Eastern Orthodox was the Church of Christ's better half. I also find myself agreeing with the Orthodox Church on the differences between Orthodox and Lutherans so I'm considering converting.

Amanda

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Wed, 04-09-2003 - 1:47pm
Anyuta and Teecee

The Catholic Parenting board has added a folder for Orthodox Christians, I wanted to let you know. I'd love to "see" you reguarly.

- Mimi