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Title: Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy: Exploring Belief Systems Paperback


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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
How the denominations came to be June 8 2011
By Pollyanna - Published on Amazon.com
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This book shows how the thinking of a time period birthed ideas that created new denominations. One can really understand the process and WHY things are as they are! It truly allows one to see where the person is "coming from."

I am Orthodox, but now I understand some of the things a Pentecostal friend has said. I don't agree, but now I understand how hard it would be for him to think differently given his background. I think this will help me in many relationships to be more understanding, less likely to think someone is really strange to believe some of what they believe.

I could sit all day and discuss difference beliefs with someone. But this book gives insight into how those beliefs developed, what made people start thinking in that direction in the first place. That's information that a lot of people aren't aware of themselves and so couldn't share in a discussion. It also hows where there is a common ground.

I think anything that helps people understand each other is good. I love this book and can't say enough good about it!
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
A must-read for every Christian May 29 2011
By Brandon - Published on Amazon.com
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I have always loved theology, not just pertaining to my own faith but also to others within the Christian realm... this book is absolutely essential for anyone who is interested in learning not only about the faith of the Apostles, but also for anyone who desires to have a better grasp on so many of the 'denominations' that span our globe today. If doctrine and theology are of any interest to you, you MUST MUST MUST read this book! I highlighted nearly every page!
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
"Everything Old Is New Again." June 30 2011
By P. H. lee - Published on Amazon.com
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What an amazing book; I read through it in one sitting. I thought that a lot of history would be boring, but it wasn't. Father Damick has a lively style that kept the boring parts from being, well, boring.

The best part for me is how he brings the ancient heresies forward in time, and shows how they are still being taught in parts of the Church today. Whole denominations are founded on teachings that the Church actually dealt with centuries ago. They have been repackaged and given new covers, but Father shows how there is truly "nothing new under the sun," and how and where many of these heresies still have traction in the modern world.

This is not a "gotcha" book, and there is no sense of "We're better than you because you believe this;" he makes that clear from the beginning. There is, on the other hand, a good grounding in what the Church has believed to be true for centuries, and precisely how the various false teachings deviate from that truth.

He also explores other religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, etc. and shows how, sadly, we do not "all believe in the same God," or are all "going to the same place." I was not aware of the fundamentally different views of God and the afterlife that these other religions have, but now I am on a much firmer footing when I talk to my Muslim and Hindu friends at work.

My only complaint - and it is a small one - is that I would have liked the book to be longer; I wanted to keep reading. I have since listened to his series of pod-casts, and there is a wealth of detail in them that, if included in the book, would have made it very long indeed.

This book is an excellent buy for any Christian of any denomination. It will not only show you what was taught in the early church, but how and why many Christians have drifted, or have been led away from,that fundamental teaching.
29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Truthful and irenic May 20 2011
By Diane C. Moos - Published on Amazon.com
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I listened to Fr. Andrew's original podcast series on this topic on Ancient Faith Radio and was happy when it appeared as a book. If anything, the book is even better than the podcasts. Fr. Andrew gives a clear explanation of the differences between Eastern Orthodoxy and other religions without resorting to insults or hyperbole.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
An excellent book for all Christians June 22 2011
By The Rock'n' Rev'rend - Published on Amazon.com
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It is a fantastic book that looks at other Christian denominations and even other religions in the light of the doctrines of the Orthodox Church. Beginning with Roman Catholicism and the Protestant Reformation, Fr. Andrew continues on to demonstrate the origins and teachings of various Christian denominations and critiques them in the light of scripture and the Orthodox faith. Fr. Andrew also looks at the non-Christian religions like Jainism, Buddhism, etc. The book is easy to read and understand. It would work well as an introduction to Orthodox Christianity for inquirers; it would definitely be great for a parish book study group. So, if you are wondering about the origins of the Prosperity Gospel, Believer's Baptism, Joel Osteen, the 5 "solas," TULIP, etc. and how they relate - or don't relate - to Orthodox Christianity this book is for you.

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