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Similarities Between Orthodoxy and Other Christian Faith Communities

First published April, 2009.
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In presenting Orthodoxy to the West, it is important to emphasize similarities between the Orthodox and other Christian faith communities. For those who have a hard time determining what those similarities might be, here is a handy list.

  • Pentecostals speak in strange tongues nobody understands. Orthodox worship in Greek and Slavonic.
  • Calvinists use strange foreign words like “sola fides” and “sola gratis”. Orthodox use strange foreign words like “interjurisdictional” and “patriarchate.”
  • Wesleyans believe in a warming of the heart that indicates salvation. Orthodox have a warming of hearty fare that indicates a potluck.
  • Catholics have wonderful pilgrimage destinations in warm, sunny places like Spain and Italy. Orthodox have wonderful pilgrimage destinations in northern Russia and Alaska.
  • Church-of-God-in-Christ women wear beautiful hats. Orthodox bishops wear hats.
  • Lutherans have a warm and friendly informal spokesman in Garrison Keillor. Orthodox have Frank Schaeffer.
  • Baptists have a tacit agreement to not recognize each other in the liquor store. Orthodox have a tacit agreement to not recognize each other in the cheese
    aisle during Lent.

Copyright © 2009-2012 Alex Riggle. All Rights Reserved.

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I live in the Tacoma area. When not writing things some people think are funny, I teach technology to 7th and 8th graders at a local middle school.

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