Russian Schools to teach Orthodox Christianity

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  1. LadyEagle

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    http://themoscowtimes.com/stories/2002/11/18/001.html

    You can't teach Orthodox Christianity in US Public Schools, though, only Islam. :rolleyes:

    When I was growing up, we had Prayer in Public School along with the Pledge of Allegiance. We had Christmas plays about Jesus Christ. We sang Christmas caroles, even in high school chorale. It was Communist Russia who said there was no God & forbade God in their public policies.

    My, how things have changed in both countries. Looks like the US is sliding over to where the USSR used to be. But I'm glad for the Russians.
     
  2. Baptist Believer

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    The Russian Orthodox Church is not known for its tolerance. If they gain more influence in Russia, Baptists are in for a bad time. :(
     
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    It sounds like the Russian schools are becoming parochial schools of the Russian Orthodox Church which is very anti Protestant as well as anti Roman Catholic. The kids will probably be indoctrinated with Eastern Orthodox theology.

    The problem in the USA you would have in our schools would be a athiest or agnostic high school teacher teaching the Bible as a bunch of fairy tales. I don't think the Russian news is good in that this could be the first step to curtail Protestant missionary work in the country.
     
  4. LadyEagle

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    Does anyone know what Russian Orthodox Church teaches? And is that different or the same as Orthodox Christianity? Just wondering.
     
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    Orthodox or orthodox?

    The Russian church, like the other eastern churches, is orthodox in that it accepts the creeds of the early ecumenical councils (despite the quibble with the wording of the Nicene Creed.)

    You would find them to be more like the Latin Rite Church than Protestants, but they have a much different liturgy than Rome and do not recognize anyone except Christ as the "visible head of the church."

    (We will ignore the Orthodox churches that are Orthodox in liturgy but united with Rome. That doesn't apply to the Russian church, anyway.)

    A few notes: Priests may marry, but bishops cannot be married. Music is strictly acapella. In traditional churches, there are no pews and everyone is expected to stand for the entire service.

    http://www.oca.org/pages/orth_chri/Q-and-A_OLD/Meeting-the-Orthodox.html#1

    http://www.oca.org/pages/orth_chri/Q-and-A/index.html#teachings
     
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    For practical purposes, the Russian Orthodox Church views itself as the ONLY valid Christian organization in Holy Mother Russia. Others (including the RC) may be tolerated at best, but are considered foreign (can you spell xenophobic?) and are to be rejected by every good and loyal Russian. This has very little to do with theology and every thing to do with ethnocentrism and power. The ROC has been under the control of the Kremlin since Ivan the Terrible. And the Kremlin (czar or commissar) has sought to control the religious life of its subjects. Ergo, we Baptists drive them nuts.

    [ November 19, 2002, 11:05 AM: Message edited by: The Squire ]
     
  7. Rev. Joshua

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    *silly little joke w/ the Squire here*

    [ November 19, 2002, 11:23 AM: Message edited by: Rev. Joshua ]
     
  8. Squire Robertsson

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    Good (I thought it looked wrong), now define it.
     
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    Fear of the foreign.

    Is this a pop-quiz?

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    No, joke, I fear. The ROC is serious as a heart attack in their view of themselves as The Guardian of Russianness. But when you consider the organization has survived the Mongols, Tartars, Turks, Teutonic Knights,...., this position is not surprising.

    [ November 19, 2002, 01:07 PM: Message edited by: The Squire ]
     
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    Not to mention surviving their own tsars and patriarchs.
     

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